The Giving Tree Band

The Giving Tree Band

 Yorkville, Illinois, USA

"Refreshing" - Paste Magazine

"Joyous" - Huffington Post

"Epic" - PopMatters

"Timeless" -Chicago Tribune

"Flawless" - Acoustic Guitar

"Killer" - Glide Magazine

"Masterful" - Seattlest


"A traveling band must be able to channel their hometown and aura into a space. It's sometimes difficult to conjure the backroads and nature so often sung about in Americana music. The Giving Tree Band has mastered this quintessential aspect of performing live. They are able to accomplish what great writers have long proven; it is possible, with the right story, to transport whole audiences to new worlds."

It is said that in any endeavor, the journey is the true reward. For this band, the outlook matters more than the outcome. Yet, even with this policy, The Giving Tree Band has been steadily making their way towards the head of a classy class of young American songwriters and performers and consistently winning over each scene in the school. It seems that people everywhere are discovering The Giving Tree Band and when they do, a bond is established.

"These rockers cultivate a sound that mirrors their namesake, with soulful vocals and heartfelt musicianship that hearkens back to classic American Folk. In a genre where honesty is key, The Giving Tree Band gives their audiences their all," writes CityBeat Cincinnati. The Giving Tree Band is not reinventing but simply reuniting rock and roll. With their down-home style, they emphasize the virtue in virtuosity - playing each note with integrity, each part with humility, each song with honesty, and each show with gratitude. The most common word among all who share the experience is "undeniable" in regards to the chemistry on stage, the energy in the room, and the feeling that something special is happening. With a rare combination of stirring musicianship and exemplary songwriting, the GTB wheel is in full spin, and like their heroes before them, it's also on fire.

Shawn Kilmurray, Shawn Kilmurray & Associates:

Arnie Weil, Atomic Music Group:

PUBLICITY:                                                                                                                         Karen Wiessen, The Door:

Recent Highlights:
Tour support for Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros (June 2013)

Americana radio charts (#15 Roots Music Report / #39 Americana Airplay Chart).

Sonicbids "13 Emerging Artists For 2013" (#9)

2013 and 2014 SXSW Official Showcasing Artist

Relix Magazine "Artist On The Verge"

Acoustic Guitar Magazine "Player Spotlight" 



Written By: Todd Fink

The song I came to sing remains unsung
For I have spent my days in stringing and unstringing my instrument

The lamp I came to light remains unlit
For I have paid the price of years searching here and there for the right lampshade

The moment I prayed for has not yet come
From the start of anticipating, the pain of waiting fills my heart

It seems I've loved you countless times
Together, life to life, age to age, forever

All That's Left

Written By: Eric Fink

mama didn't pay her any mind
she thought that she should bide her time
her love was like a rattlesnake
she would warn you off so many times
and getting close was a big mistake

she headed north to santa fe
she knew she had to get away
never took no one's advice
the day that she left home
she was gone without thinking twice

all that's left is gone away
he never had enough to wet his taste
though she said it was an endless well
he knew it would dry up someday

she dreams in colors greens and blues
she says they never do come true
but she forgot about the rest
she held tight to what she thought was right
and loose to what she knew was best

she said that fate was just a game
and that we all end up the same
and this was how she lived her life
it's a wonder that she did so well
living on the edge of a knife

she said that love was just a lie
made up by those afraid to die
sometimes i think she's right
how can we let go when our hearts get lonely in the night?

Ragweed Rose

Written By: Eric Fink

Ragweed Rose loves the spirits and the hear-its
Like the he said, she said sign of the times and the things to come
She would stay up all night
Drinking wrongs right
Sipping elderberry wine til the dawn's early light

She would walk the streets calling out for me
But her old man's a better man than I could ever be
She would walk a moonless mile just to see me smile
Then take the train back home again and love him for awhile

Ragweed Rose won't you come to me
She can't be mine but she can't be free
So go on back home baby
Be alone baby
She only loves me when I'm gone

The spring we'd climb the hills to watch the wildflowers grow
Rose would love me more than I would ever know
She would dance among the pines with the flowers in her hair
It would seem that life would not make fools of us again

I went back to see her but the hills had turned to gold
The sky had turned to silver and Rose was getting old
The years had been so kind to Rose's peace of mind
Loving things is easy but the time is hard to find

Three Sisters

Written By: Eric Fink

Mad Molly was a mean ol' girl
She made her way around the world
She would beg, borrow, and steal
Men thought her love was heaven sent
But that love didn't pay the rent
She would touch but she didn't feel
She stole his cattle
He had to sell his saddle
Just to uphold his part of the deal

Her Paw was a bad outlaw
He killed a man in Omaha
Just to prove that he was real
He headed down to New Orleans
Got himself a Cajun Queen
Got mixed up in Voodoo and Creole

He's a long, long way from home
He's a long, long way from home

Contrary Mary was a magic fairy
She flew so much that her wings got weary
She crashed down hard into a field
Farmer Freddy found her dead
He buried her in his flower bed
Just to see what she might yield
The ceremony was a two-wing pony
There was Phony Joni and all her cronies
The pot was hot and the onions were peeled
When it came time to say goodbyes,
Stop their cries and dried their eyes
The casket closed and it was sealed

They're a long, long way from home
They're a long, long way from home

I've been out for forty days
I've been out for forty nights
I just can't keep my hand upon the wheel
I should've kept it on the plow
That's so clear to me know
It's harder to fall when you kneel
I've seen things I never saw before
Shirt and shoes were tattered and torn
You know one side is always concealed
Keep your mind and mind your keep
The water's cold if you dig real deep
And the truth shall be revealed

We're a long, long way from home
We're a long, long way from home

Run Dogs Run

Written By: Eric Fink

Well Lord, Lord what did he do?
He shot a man up in Tippecanoe
Then he wrote his wife and his father too
Said he ain't coming back no more

Then he headed northwest to do his best
To find himself and lose the rest
But he never could quench his quest
'Cause they came back to settle the score

Run, run you old dogs run
The moon is calling and the night is young

Well they rob for money and they give you time
It seems like the deed don't fit the crime
And they break your spirits and they take your mind
Til you have no sense of freedom

Well the Pinkerton boys won't let me be
And the FBI they got nothing on me
You got your friends and I got mine
And if we can't join 'em, beat 'em

Run, run you old dogs run
The moon is calling and the night is young

Now an outlaw's day is never done
One hand on his loot, one hand on his gun
One foot in the grave and one foot on the run
You know it's hard to keep things...together

But like Robin Hood or Jesse James
We're taking money and taking names
And although the ends may be the same
The stories last forever

Run, run you old dogs run
The moon is calling and the night is young

Live Love

Written By: The Giving Tree Band

Like a ruby
Held up to the sunrise
I could lose myself
And forget my pride

When I think I am
Something's not right
When I think I'm not
I feel infinite

Live love
Give love
Give love
Forgive love

When I heard my first love story
I started looking for you
Hopeless, aimless wandering
I didn't know what to do

But lovers don't finally meet somewhere
I realized that was wrong
They're in each other
All along

Live love
Give love
Give love
Forgive love


Vacilador (2012 Crooked Creek)
The Joke, The Threat & The Obvious (2010 Crooked Creek)
Great Possessions (2009 Crooked Creek)
Unified Folk Theory (2007 Crooked Creek)

Set List

Band typically performs one 60-120min set of original music