With bright, stirring harmonies, this six part Boston-based band started out as two husband and wife duos made up of Lucas and Evelyn Cortazio on vocals, Ellen on fiddle, and Drew Story on guitar. A rhythm section completes the indie group, ‘Tales of Olde,’ with the addition of Jeff Kinsley on bass and Al Cleveland on drums. Hear their upbeat rhythms on the song, ‘This Place,’ and their stunning harmonies as they cover Justin Timberlake’s ‘Pusher Love Girl.’
Not only does this singer-songwriting group tackle original songs, but have fun with covers from artists they admire as well. Lucas, from ‘Tales of Olde,’ talks about the band’s origins, their goals, and more on Justin Timberlake.
I heard your cover of Pusher Love Girl by Justin Timberlake. What inspired you to cover the song?
Lucas: The whole 20/20 album really. JT and his producers did an amazing job of mixing all sorts of sounds and genres into a beautiful masterpiece. We love mixing up sounds as well, so it made sense for us to cover one of the songs from that album and pusher love girl is one of my favorites.
Lucas: Yes. We love telling stories. Old ones that have shaped us and new ones that continue to shape us and those around us.
What do you think inspires your songwriting? Does the melody or the lyrics come first?
Lucas: Stories do! They are the stories that were told before our time and the ones that we are all telling right now. We believe that we are all telling stories on a daily basis. Some of our stories are good, compelling, and selfless ones. Others are of pain and sorrow, yet others are greed-filled and full of selfishness. At the end of the day we are all the ones that have the power to choose what kind of story we are composing or telling.
We, at Tales of Olde, know who we are and that we fall short of being good storytellers all the time. Through the music we play and through our actions, we still strive to do good and to bring joy and hope to those around us. I think the melody and the lyrics happen together.
Tell me how the band came together. Were you all friends before you formed a band?
Lucas: We all met here at a Boston community and we started playing music there in 2012, I think. We became good friends and began to dream of a music project that we could start together. So, Tales of Olde was born early last year and after we formed the band we quickly went from just being good friends to "family" status.
What do you hope for the future of ‘Tales of Olde?’
Lucas: I hope we can always remember why we do what we do, which is to bring hope and joy to others! I hope we can be a band that always gives back to the community, play our music around the world, and share our stories with as many folks as possible.
What can audiences look forward to in your upcoming performances and what is the best reason people should attend a ‘Tales of Olde' concert?
Lucas: New songs! We are working on a bunch of new material that showcases the vastness of sounds that make us who we are as musicians. People should come out to watch us if they enjoy good music and a good time. We shall be providing this at every show!