NASHVILLE, TN (July 9, 2021) — Nashville-based duo A Tale Of Two, composed of Award-winning vocalist Stephanie Adlington and guitarist Aaron Lessard, has released their sophomore single, “Chicago Lightning.” The new single, which uses vivid storytelling combined with bluesy melodies to take the listener through the fatal life of a bootlegger, is from their forthcoming self-titled EP (out Friday, September 17).
The overall message delivered through the robust track is one of living life to the fullest. “It’s a song you find yourself writing in minutes,” says Lessard. “It is a long, windy road down skid row, but you might as well snag a top shelf bottle if you’re going down in flames.”
Offering a different kind of Americana – storytelling by a swampy pair of retro raconteurs spinning blues arias with soul, intrigue and power – the six-song A Tale Of Two takes the listener through different stories and characters emanating relatability.
Combining the best of Americana and Blues melodies with timeless Southern Gothic storytelling, A Tale Of Two is an undeniable rising duo in today’s Roots Music scene. Meeting in the local Nashville Jazz venues, Adlington and Lessard began performing and writing together, recognizing their artistic chemistry. “We come from contrasting backgrounds that make up our sound,” explains Adlington. “I love to bring a Southern Gothic inspiration to the table, and try to showcase that with vocal finesse.” Lessard adds: “I want to bring a unique attitude to southern sophistication. Why not throw in a dirty slide guitar with a sultry vocal and a drum suitcase.”
On A Tale Of Two, which was fully recorded live, the applauded musicians channel southern lullabies, front porch blues, and even hints of Jazz and French love songs. The resulting collection of songs take on timeless themes of loyalty, love, heartbreak and the struggle of the human condition.
A Tale Of Two Track Listing:
“Blood Or Wine”
“Ain’t Nothin’ But A Fool”
“Waiting For Ever After”
“Stay With Me”
Like many Nashville-based artists, the complimentative duo looked to the past for likeable sounds that they would spin as their own. “We dove deep in our roots to grab the best elements of our favorite artists,” says Lessard. “Great artists like John Paul White, Patty Griffin, Tom Waits, Ray LaMontagne, and Punch Brothers helped us to find a home in the Folk/Americana scene.” Adlington adds: “If Nashville has taught us anything, it is to be different. It is a unique hub of incredible musicians and writers. We have always wanted to find our own voice within the crowd.”
Above (left to right): A Tale Of Two; Aaron Lessard and Stephanie Adlington