The Giving Tree Band are excited to be hitting the road this spring for select club and festival dates. In conjunction with this news they’re proud to present their cover of The Grateful Dead’s “Brown Eyed Woman” as part of Dead.net’s “Dead Covers Project.” This winter The Giving Tree Band have been busy at work recording their next full-length album, and look forward to road testing some of the songs on their 2012 spring tour dates. Upcoming dates below.
The new music video has garnered over 10,000 views in its first week. Watch/Listen to The Giving Tree Band’s cover of “Brown Eyed Woman” on YouTube or on the homepage of dead.net and from The Official Grateful Dead Facebook Page.
“This cover of Brown Eyed Women is beautifully executed on all counts. Kind thanks to The Giving Tree Band!”
The Giving Tree Band’s involvement in the “Dead Covers Project” came about in February during a somewhat serious bout of illness suffered by founding member Eric Fink. Bed ridden and without much else to do he began reading up on the history of one his favorite bands. As his brother Todd Fink explains it, “Brown Eyed Women had always been one of Eric’s favorites and he had read that Robert Hunter had wished they had recorded it in the studio before Jerry Garcia passed. One night before a show after he had recovered, E suggested recording the song our selves to the band and everyone liked the idea. So we listened to a live version from the Dead’s 1972 European tour in our bus on repeat. Then we performed it that night without ever arranging or rehearsing, which got us more into the free spirit of the Dead.”
It was later after deciding to cover the song in the studio that they found out about the “Dead Covers Project” on Dead.net. “Since we are huge fans of the band,” relates Todd, “we decided to do a live recording of Brown Eyed Women in our studio and film it to offer up a little contribution to the project.”
Since the release of their latest album The Joke, The Threat & The Obvious, The Giving Tree Band have kept busy crisscrossing the nation, playing anywhere their path takes them. Be it a road house, large scale music festival, dive bar, or an outdoor event on The Kennedy Center lawn, they’ve humbly brought their music to those who would listen. On the PBS television program, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, host Michael Johnathon introduced The Giving Tree Band as “the spirit of Pete Seeger with the musical abilities of The Band and the audaciousness of The Avett Brothers” The band were labeled a band “On The Verge” byRelix Magazine, and in Acoustic Guitar magazine were described as covering a “wide swath of the classic rock pantheon-such as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, the Band, the Grateful Dead, and the Beatles-but with a fuller sound featuring quasi-orchestral instrumentation and barbershop harmonies.”
Stay tuned for further 2012 tour dates and news on their forthcoming album.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
01 – St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
03 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
09 – Urbana, IL – Canopy Club
21 – Evansville, IL – Bluegrass And Blues In The ‘Burgh
28 – Norman, OK – Norman Music Festival
05 – Stevens Point, WI – Springfest
26 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival
East Coast tour in June TBA