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Grammy Award winning producer Tim O’Brien has asked the independent NZ duo Tattletale Saints to come to Nashville and record an album with him and Grammy Award winning engineer David Ferguson.

Tim O’Brien won a Grammy Award for his 2005 recording Fiddler’s Green, and is one of Americas top bluegrass and acoustic songwriters, multi-instrumentalists and producers.

The band (guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Cy Winstanley and double bassist/vocalist Vanessa McGowan) will travel to Nashville, Tennessee in January 2013 to record at the Butcher Shoppe Recording Studio with Grammy Award winning engineer David Ferguson. The studio is part owned by acclaimed singer-songwriter John Prine and is the birthplace of many of Johnny Cash’s hit records.

Cy of Tattletale Saints says, “It’ll be a huge honor to work with Tim, Vanessa and I have been massive fans for a long time and he’s right up there with the best in the world for our style of music. Plus, to cut the record in John Prine’s studio in Nashville…that’s serious business!”

O’Brien is supporting the independent duo by keeping the costs as low as possible but the cost of the studio, production, mastering and flights to Nashville will still cost $20,000 NZD and this is where the band needs your help to bring this opportunity to fruition.

The band will cover the cost of pressing the album and the postage for all the rewards claimed so every cent you pledge will go towards the actual recording of the album, and seeing this Tennessee dream become a reality.


Need a hand understanding the pledging process? Check out this handy guide video



More about the band

Originally based in London, UK, Winstanley and McGowan performed as Her Make Believe Band releasing the band’s debut album AM Radio in 2009 to critical acclaim in the UK and New Zealand. Since returning to New Zealand they have performed as guest artists at the Auckland Folk Festival 2012 and spread their unique blend of Americana, pop, folk and jazz throughout New Zealand on two nationwide tours and frequent Auckland performances. 

Press for AM Radio included Uncut Magazine UK who described songwriter/ vocalist/guitarist Cy Winstanley as “a potent songwriter with a voice gently reminiscent of Paul Simon” while vocalist/bassist Vanessa McGowan “adds beguiling harmonies”Graham Reid, New Zealand's foremost music journalist, described AM Radio as a "delightful album...hooks you in with melodies and keeps you there by virtue of the words...very sharp stuff"


New Zealand tour 2013 will include:

Auckland
Whangarei
Raglan
Thames
Te Pahu
Wanganui
Tokomaru
Wellington
Napier
Wairoa
Gisborne
Hanmer Springs
Picton
Nelson
Dunedin
Oamaru
Invercargill
Christchurch


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Performing as a duo under the name Tattletale Saints, songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Cy Winstanley and vocalist/bassistVanessa McGowan present Cy’s songs in their rawest form, with just acoustic guitar, double bass and two voices. Described as “love letters between Amy Mann and a slip-sliding Paul Simon” they evoke the work of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings in their musical connection and full sound belying the duo’s size.

Formally part of London based band Her Make Believe Band, Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan released their debut album AM Radio (Old Oak Music) in 2009 to critical acclaim both in NZ and in the UK, including Uncut Magazine UK who described Winstanley as “a potent songwriter with a voice gently reminiscent of Paul Simon” while McGowan “adds beguiling harmonies”. Graham Reid, New Zealand's foremost music journalist, described AM Radio as a "delightful album...hooks you in with melodies and keeps you there by virtue of the words...very sharp stuff". 

Cy Winstanley cut his musical teeth in New Zealand singing, playing guitar and harmonica and, after a passing teenage obsession with guitar rock, discovered bluegrass, jazz and blues, eventually meeting fellow New Zealander, bassist Vanessa McGowan in a local jazz big band. Following the urge to discover his Liverpudlian roots Cy moved to London in 2004 and spent 7 years there busking, writing and playing around the country including performances in London at The Forum supporting the Violent Femmes, Royal Festival Hall, The Borderline, Cornbury Festival and Toast Festival.

In 2005 Vanessa left New Zealand to do a Masters of Music in Jazz Bass on scholarship at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas she performed with some of American’s most revered jazz musicians including Chris Potter, Joe La Barbera, Marlena Shaw and Ruth Brown, as well as touring Costa Rica and performing in New York City at the International Association For Jazz Education Conference and Dizzy’s Club at The Lincoln Centre.

Upon their reunion in 2007 Cy convinced Vanessa she could sing, revealed to her the simple beauty of a country 2-feel, and country pop band Her Make Believe Band was born.

In April 2010 Her Make Believe Band toured New Zealand for the first time, introducing their home audience to the duo’s unique blend of country/folk/pop.

Tattletale Saints was born in 2012 with the announcement of the new name at the Auckland Folk Festival where Cy and Vanessa were performing as guest artists.

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    Update 6 / target surpassed!

    09:38AM Tue 06/11/12 on Nashville album recording

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61zuzsX82lA

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    Update 5 / nearly there!

    12:56AM Sun 28/10/12 on Nashville album recording

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUkk4FBx2n8&feature=youtu.be

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    Update 4 / National Radio / Upcoming shows / 2013 tour dates

    10:43AM Fri 12/10/12 on Nashville album recording

    Pledge Update 4 from the band including info on the National Radio performance, upcoming shows and the tour next year.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J80Dz7TSudc

    http://soundcloud.com/tattletalesaints/national-radio-afternoons-nz

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    New Zealand Tour 2013 - Tattletale Saints coming to a town near you

    07:10AM Wed 26/09/12 on Nashville album recording

    We've had our noses to the grindstone (or the emails and spreadsheet in this case) and are pleased to give you a preview of the confirmed towns on our New Zealand album release tour next year.

    If you were thinking of pledging for the reward with tickets to a show but weren't sure we'd be coming your way, here you go!

    We'll be touring in May/April with a box of albums fresh off the press and have confirmed the following:

    Auckland
    Whangarei
    Raglan
    Thames
    Te Pahu
    Wanganui
    Tokomaru
    Wellington
    Napier
    Wairoa
    Gisborne
    Hanmer Springs
    Picton
    Nelson
    Dunedin
    Oamaru
    Invercargill
    Christchurch

    We have room for a couple more and would love to play in Geraldine, Greymouth and Wanaka but can't find venues yet (Franks in Greymouth seems to have closed and the Riverhouse in Wanaka is taking a break) so send any ideas our way and we'll try to make it happen.

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    Nashville - Stetson hats and pearly white teeth

    03:29AM Sun 23/09/12 on Nashville album recording

    As we write this update we are at $10,220 which is over halfway and already slip sliding towards the final goal. Thanks everyone who has pledged so far, we have been blown away by your generosity and support.


    There was a wee flurry of pledges just after our Good Morning performance on Friday. If you missed it (or just want to watch it again), here's a link to the two songs. We debuted one of the songs we've just finished for the album, "Emily".
    http://tvnz.co.nz/good-morning/extra-210912-tattletale-video-5098019

    Here's a wee update video for you. A projection, if you will, of what we expect Nashville in January to be like... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VurzD6nR_Do


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    Songs From The Backyard - a new video for your viewing pleasure

    04:36AM Thu 20/09/12 on Nashville album recording

    Recorded on a wintery evening around a pool in Te Atatu... fairy lights, palm trees and a brazier to keep us warm.

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    Thanks and hip flask

    09:31PM Sun 02/09/12 on Nashville album recording

    Over $4000 in a week, wow! Thanks so much to everyone who's pledged and shared the campaign. Here's a little thank you video including a sample of the TTS hip flask and some info about how the 2013 release tour is coming along.

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