THE GIVING TREE BAND
If music is the universal language, then musicians are agents of unity and inclusivity. On FREQUENCY OF LOVE, the 5th studio album of The Giving Tree Band, much of their imaginative American rock ‘n roll manifests from lucid dreams. With all their instruments calibrated to sacred tunings inspired by ancient mythologies of healing and miracles, the Illinois group’s new age outlaw sound opens the heart and invites the soul to dance. Loaded with tales of transcendent love and the adventures of warriors of the light, the positive vibrations sail out in all directions carrying the sweet message of harmony and optimism.
Formed in 2004 by enigmatic brothers E and Todd Fink, The Austin Chronicle explains the band’s sound as bringing to mind “Seventies American music with The Band and the Dead as obvious touchstones, plus the kind of country/almost-bluegrass of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and the New Riders of the Purple Sage.” In 2010, Nashville Metromix called The Giving Tree Band, “the American answer to Mumford And Sons.” In 2012, Relix Magazine wrote “the folksy bliss is the sound of a group playing as one” and featured the band as one of their monthly artists “On The Verge.” They’ve been the monthly “Player Spotlight” in Acoustic Guitar Magazine while multiple nods have come from Paste Magazine, including a #9 ranking on a list of “13 Emerging Bands For 2013” among other critical acclaim.
Over the past decade, The Giving Tree Band has had many unique opportunities to connect with all kinds of music lovers and grow a dedicated community of “Giving Tree-huggers.” During their November 3, 2008 appearance on WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, host Michael Johnathon introduced them to a wide listening and television audience as having “the spirit of Pete Seeger with the musical abilities of The Band.” In 2010, their third studio album, The Joke, The Threat And The Obvious, climbed into the Top 40 of the Americana Airplay Chart and other roots radio reports. They quickly became a promising folk rock act to many in the country world who could appreciate the outlaw and crossover stylings of some influences like Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, The Byrds, Gram Parsons and Flying Burrito Brothers or The Eagles.
THE CERNY BROTHERS
A weekend boating trip on the Mississippi River was where young brothers Robert and Scott first decided they wanted to put together a band. Robert would sing and Scott would play guitar, even though at the time Robert had never sung in his life, Scott had never touched a guitar, and both of them were almost never prepared for their piano lessons that their mom forced them to take. Instead of practicing what they were supposed to they wrote their own pieces and recorded them with a small cassette recorder, selling them at their high school for five dollars.