A tale of two. Submitted.
Nashville-based band A Tale of Two is a juxtaposition of glamor and courage. Dressed in pearls and pinstripes as if they’ve just stepped out of a 1930s gangster movie, the duo create haunting vocal harmonies and catchy guitar-based grooves that take the listener on a meandering journey through the moving stories and sounds of a bygone era.
âGrowing up, we were both surrounded by folklore and history,â said guitarist Aaron Lessard. âWe have always been fascinated by people, culture and especially dark stories. It definitely shaped who we are.
When Lessard meets award-winning singer Stephanie Adlington on the Nashville jazz scene, he immediately recognized a special artistic chemistry between them, and they began acting and writing together, ultimately forming A Tale of Two.
Their contagious stage presence and chemistry goes beyond the music to their banter between songs, making it clear that this true pair of fun-loving storytellers clearly love to play and sing together.
As they sought to find their own sound, they looked to the past for inspiration that they could weave into something new and original.
âWe dug into our roots to capture the best elements of our favorite artists,â Lessard said. “Great artists like John Paul White, Patty Griffin, Tom Waits, Ray LaMontagne and Punch Brothers.”
The key ingredient that wraps it all up is a Southern Gothic style.
âI love to bring Southern Gothic inspiration to the table and try to showcase it with vocal finesse,â said Adlington.
Southern Gothic music – also known as dark country or Gothic Americana – has ties to the Gothic fiction subgenre in American literature that takes place in the southern United States. Adlington and Lessard combine a deep love of drama and evocation with the best of Americana and blues melodies, so Southern Gothic was a natural fit for their stories of death, ghosts, lost love, murder, devil and treason.
Now A Tale of Two will bring its eclectic performance styles to Door County for four concerts in July and – for these concerts – will become a tale of Three by adding Kyle Pudenz on violin and mandolin. Audiences can expect a showcase of memorable tales, vocal harmonies, a slide resonator guitar and suitcase drum: a suitcase with a tambourine and attached pedals that you play with your feet in. standing position.
âOur 1930s drum suitcase is the perfect touring musician,â said Adlington. âHe plays for free and never complains. People will have plenty of opportunities to see Aaron Lessard singing, playing guitar and drumming at the same time!
A Tale of Two launches our new musical series, Pulse Peninsula Freebies, through which we will bring national tours from outside the county to entertain residents and summer visitors. Don’t miss these performances of A Tale of Two: Friday July 16, Baileys Harbor Concerts in the Park at Town Hall; Saturday July 17, Door Community Auditorium, 3926 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek; Sunday July 18, vocal workshop, Door Community Auditorium; and Sunday July 18, The Garage at Husby’s, 10641 N. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay.