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The best kept secret in music


"3 In A Tree Releases "Dang" The Album"

“Unmistakably jammy from the opening riffs, the band blanches into territories of funk and folk as well, though the most daring moments might be those in which the wah-wah pedal is set to “porno” and used unabashedly on the early stages of the album.”

- Joe Tougas - Static Magazine

"3 In A Tree Opens For Bon Jovi"

“The energy from the band was felt, and with the presssure on, 3 In A Tree hit a bonafide home run."

- Jed Highum Feb 2006 - Applauze Magazine

"3 In A Tree to release "Dang""

“This veteran band is fearless on stage and rolls through 30 minute jams effortlessly.”

- Amanda Dyslin Feb 2005 - Mankato Free Press

"Pete The Rock Star"

Ask for Pete Wagner at Wagner Foods in tiny New Richland, Minn., and they say: "He's famous now; we don't get the pleasure of seeing him." When he isn't running the southern Minnesota grocery chain, Wagner leads 3 in a Tree, a rock trio that won a contest to open for Bon Jovi tonight at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. After getting the nod from the judges Tuesday morning on KFAN, Wagner had to go buy Bon Jovi's new "Have a Nice Day" (his last CD by the band was "New Jersey" in 1988). The eight-year-old Minnesota trio (a grocer, a teacher and an Applebee's waiter) will get to play 30 minutes of original music tonight and have their photos taken with Bon Jovi. Wagner doesn't expect an after-party with Jon, Richie and the boys. "I'm heading back home to let the dogs out before they crap on the floor," he told I.W. Then Saturday night he'll be "filling the milk case at the store."

- Jon Bream Jan 2006 - Minneapolis Star Tribune


2 songs on the Big G Records sampler "The Event" 2001 for Atlantic Records

Full length album "Dang" released in Sept 2005

The songs Vibes, Where am I and Stargazer are all in college radio rotation with Vibes also in roattion on radio markets locally.


Feeling a bit camera shy


What brought 3 in a Tree from a small college town in Southern Minnesota, to playing in front of 20,000 fans (see video) at a sold out Excel Center in St. Paul Minnesota? Persistence, friendship, and 9 years of gigging while pursuing a musical vision that has never wavered.

Originally “3 in a tree” made up 3/4 of the band “The Void”. They played around the Midwest for about 5 years, logging time at numerous festival gigs including Peoples Fair and Harvestfest. Eventually long rehearsals in the basement of an office building in Mankato led Scott, Casey and Pete to branch off into a band then known as Tapestry. The 3 piece thrived on constant gigging, forging a unique sound around the Minnesota scene before deciding a change of geography was necessary to get a fresh start.

The 3 friends soon reorganized as the band “Skydog” in Dallas. Moving into a house and converting their living room into a rehearsal space to crank out music whenever they felt like it. This period was extremely important for the band to grow as musicians, and the majority of music from their new album “Dang” came from these sessions.

Skydog soon became part of the Dallas label Big G records, then a division of Atlantic. The group logged many hours at Luminous Studios (http://www.luminoussound.com/) in Addison TX, releasing a couple of songs on a compilation CD for the record company, and later a 3 song demo recorded in the hill country of Austin, TX. Soon after its release, they were invited to play a showcase for Jason Flom (President of artist development for Atlantic), and the guys were just getting started.

The next 2 years were spent in Texas living as working musicians, only to find out the president of their record company was embezzling money from investors, and blowing it on his own “habits”. The label quickly crumbled, and within a month the band was exhausted and back to square one. Soon after in 2000, Skydog decided to move back to MN for a fresh start (again).

After a reenergizing hiatus, “3 In a Tree” immediately set out to finish the album they were never allowed to release. Although the studio time in TX was educational, it was cursed by big budgets and R&B producers, which led to overproduction and finally a product that the band didn’t like. Looking for a local studio that offered the freedom they required, the guys met up with Stardoc studios in Mankato and immediately began cranking out more music that could fit on one disc

Many of the tracks on the album run well over 10 minutes in length, and in a live setting improvisation dominates. After everything the band has been through, they are firmly set in the direction they would like to go musically. The 3 piece is fearless in taking chances live, and strives to make every show a unique experience. The album “Dang” was recorded in a traditional way, with a minimum on production, and every aspect of it was meant to be easily reproduced in a live setting. Lots of first takes were kept to preserve the energy of the band, and to keep the record feeling “live”.

In January of 2006 the band brought home the title in XM Radio's “Rock the X Contest”. Earning an opening slot for Bon Jovi at St. Paul’s sold out Xcel Energy Arena in front of a 20,000 strong hometown crowd. After an intense week of rehearsals leading up to the show, the band cruised through a 30 minute set, with the sold out crowd showing enthusiastic support. The performanace is available in the video section of the press kit..