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.
In February 2012, The Giving Tree Band shared their rendition of the Grateful Dead’s “Brown Eyed Women,” which led to features on all the Dead’s official sites and social media pages praising as “beautifully executed on all counts.” The accompanying music video garnered millions of views and was screened at theaters nationwide during the Dead's annual "Meetup At The Movies." The song itself was featured on The Giving Tree Band's 4th studio album, Vacilador, and ranked #1 on The Austin Chronicle's "Best Songs Of 2012" list.
The band has toured extensively and shared the stage with many top acts including Joe Purdy, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, Avett Brothers, Trampled By Turtles and others. They have performed at premier venues such as Millennium Park, House Of Blues, Kennedy Center, Bowery Ballroom and at major music fests like SXSW, Wakarusa, Forecastle, Summer Camp, Philly Folk Fest and many others.
The Giving Tree Band is also known for extraordinary environmental stewardship. Their instruments are recycled or built from reclaimed woods. The band produced the world's first carbon-free commercial album in 2008. It was recorded with 100% solar energy at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center, where the band camped and commuted over 500 miles by bicycle during the recording sessions. The Chicago Sun-Times has called Great Possessions the "greenest of albums." National and international environmental media, such as The Sierra Club, The Discovery Channel and Mother Earth News, have also highlighted the band's activism, with the latter referring to them as "the greenest band in the land." The Giving Tree Band has also supported dozens of non-profits and charities.
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