"The main intriguing factor about The Vagabond Tales is the inexplicit chameleon
effect of ageless mood,” - Independent Feedback Blog.
From the alleyways of old town Riverside, CA come the sounds of old world folk-pop that broke free from the early ages of music and skipped through time to find its way into our modern world. Throughout the journey, stories were turned into songs, forming Eva and the Vagabond Tales.
The Vagabond Tales is a multi-instrumental music project centered around the songwriting of Russian born Eva Mikhailovna. The songs combine western, old folk, and ragtime into a musical melting pot, creating an alluring sound that transcends time and continents. Building its sound from the foundations of old time music and melancholy storytelling, it bends the laws of traditional songwriting to become a sound all its own. Since the start of the project in 2011, Mikhailovna has self-released a full-length album entitled "Letters From the Moon" and the EP "La Douleur Exquise". Her new album “Uncharted Ocean” is out on May 17th on Brooklyn’s Mother West label.
In the summer of 2017 after being introduced by a mutual friend, Mikhailovna teamed up with Brooklyn based music producer Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields, The Bones of J.R. Jones, Soko) to help complete a batch of songs the she had started. What ensued was a year-long bi-coastal collaboration with Newman traveling between Brooklyn and Los Angeles to record with Eva and her band while tapping his Brooklyn friends to add to his arrangements at home. Included was Claudia Chopek (Father John Misty, Moby) on violin and viola, Christian Dupree (Jack Johnson) on cello, and Logan Coale (Natalie Merchant, Lisa Hannigan) on Upright Bass. Meanwhile back in Riverside, Eva and her bandmate Jake Pflum continued to add bits and pieces at their home studios. Eventually by the fall of 2018 the record was finished.
Currently, “The Vagabonds” (as Eva refers to her musicians) accompanying her live are long time members Jake Pflum (percussion), Alan Arteaga (banjo, electric guitar, ukulele), Jasmine Capitulo (accordion), and Benjamin Purper (bass). As the music continues to extend its fan base across the United States and with the release of Uncharted Ocean this spring, the band will continue touring, and performing around the west coast with plans to head east in the summer and fall. They are currently doing a residency at Disney in Anaheim, CA where they can be caught playing their songs as well as some special takes on some Disney classics.
Photo provided by Christopher Jacobsmeyer