Rufus Tree
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Rufus Tree

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"Fan Mail"

you guys are just simply amazing. I mean, your music reaches out to people like you have no idea. I am hopefully going to one of your concerts! Words can not explain how much you guys mean to me!!! - Amanda Finnell

"Fan Mail"

This music lifts you to a high and mighty ride... - Jon Pauling

"Fan Mail"

Incredible... I've never heard such a glorious sound... The music is untouchable! Keep it up! - John Richards

"Reference Letter"

To Whom It May Concern:

We were pleased to welcome Rufus Tree to our Hay Maze Bash on October 27. We had an awesome time! The weather was rainy and chilly. Rufus Tree was not deterred. They dug right in and played an incredible concert. Our teens loved them. I appreciated their energy and their heart. They are young and willing... a great combination. I would recommend Rufus Tree to anyone who wants a concert of original music played with the style that reflects the influences of Caedman's Call and Dave Matthews Band. They blessed our church and made a good event great. - Gerry Krupp - OSWC

"Reference Letter"

Recently, I had the wonderful privilege of being introduced to and utilize the incedible musical talents of Rufus Tree in Yokosuka, Japan. First, let me say that it was a complete joy partnering with the five members of Rufus Tree.

The musical talent of the band speaks for itself. The number one thing that impressed me about each and every one of the band members was their servant's heart. As we all know, it's one thing to have the talent and they do, but having a heart of a servant comes under an entirely different category. As a result of these two qualities working hand-in-hand in the lives of each of the band members, the entire week was a tremendous blessing to the youth, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, and family members.

It is with great pleasure that I am able to give Rufus Tree my strongest recommendation to be used by any organization.
- Chaplain Ray Bailey - Lieutenant Commander, US Navy


Dying to Live (2005)
Rufus Tree (2001)

All of our songs are available for digital download from most distributors.



Our upbeat rhythms and blend of unique instruments have led us to be compared to the likes of Jars of Clay, Lifehouse, Switchfoot and Dave Matthews Band. “You guys are going to go places!” says guitar legend Phil Keaggy. Despite our increase in popularity, our main purpose has not changed: to reach out to the broken.

We have completed two tours in Japan where we gave several performances for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. We have also performed for inmates of the Racine County Youthful Offenders Facility.

Our first full-length project was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee during the summer of 2001. Russ Long was the engineer who worked with us on the project. Other artists that Russ has worked with include: Sixpence None the Richer, DC Talk, and Newsboys. Michael Aukofer was the producer for the project. Michael has also worked with Alathea, Ryan Long, and Beggarman. Our second album entitled, “Dying to Live”, was released during the summer of 2005. We were blessed to have guitar legend, Phil Keaggy, and Dove award winner, Mitch McVicker, record on two songs each.

We are constantly working to improve our music, stage presence, and increase our fan base. Many ideas that we’ve put into practice we’ve learned from more experienced artists. Since Rufus Tree’s inception in 1998, we’ve had the privilege of opening for Sonicflood, Derek Webb, The Normals, Satellite Soul, Mitch McVicker, Rusted Root, Bill Mallonee, Lifehouse, and Blind Melon.

Through the use of uncommon instruments such as the accordion, mandolin, harmonica, and hammer dulcimer blended with the standard guitar, bass and percussion norm, we’ve managed to create our own sound and spark interest in places that we never thought were possible. We hope to see you soon!

“…but now that I've awakened from an empty dream, I see the light I smothered with the things that I don't need.”
-Rufus Tree