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Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
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"Your Prairie Sentimentalists"

It's about time! Lethbridge roots quartet Treeline has recently released their first full-length album. Recorded in January at Edmonton's Riverdale Recorders, the new project is a joint affair called Prairie Sentimentalist. In a manner that is typically unique of this band, Treeline here perform songs with their own talented singer Danny "Ryan" Dyck and the band's old friend Sean Brewer of Edmonton; formerly of The Uncas. Thanks to a mutual appreciation for old-fashioned country songs, the two acts mesh seamlessly. Their song writing styles are complementary, allowing these inspired tracks to breathe and become alive.

This is an album that should appeal to fans of Corb Lund or Fred Eaglesmith, as each song is full of literate observations and bittersweet stanzas. Though there may be two young songwriters at work on this project, they share an earnestness and sincerity that usually only comes from a lifetime. As the songs unfold, it becomes apparent that Treeline and Brewer have created eleven musical portraits about life, love and loss in Alberta. Peppered with poetic references to sunsets and highways, freight trains and tumbleweeds, the influence of legends like Neil Young and Merle Haggard is clear. However, whether they're performing a sad waltz or an up-tempo bluegrass rocker, these six gentlemen are blazing their own dusty trail.

Featuring Taylor Ackerman on lead guitar, Tyler Bird on upright bass, Clayton Smith on drums and Brewer and Dyck taking turns on vocals, this Prairie Sentimentalist is timeless and grand. Additional instrumentation including banjo and fiddle, pedal steel and organ fleshes out their sound. By the last song, on which Brewer and Dyck share vocal duties, the feelings of intimacy and closeness created here is undeniable. These are songs made in big sky country - for big sky country.
- Chris HIbbard

"Treeline's Bob Dylan Birthday Tribute Tour"

Local country/blues/rock band Treeline embarks on a tour, May 19 to mark Bob Dylan’s 68th birthday.

“Bob Dylan has has earned a tribute" said Treeeline guitarist/keyboardist/ vocalist Taylor Ackerman who explained the band learned about 20 Bob Dylan songs for the set including hits like “(Just Like) Tom THumb's Blues" and Like a “Rolling Stone” as well as relative obscurities like “Simple Twist of Fate,” "New Morning" and “Pressing On,” as well some of their own.
“We’re pretty sure we’ll have an EP out for it too. We kind of missed the boat on it. We’ve played like 60 gigs and still haven’t put out a CD,” he continued adding fan favourites like “Rains On Me,” “Icy Roads” will be on the EP as well as one which hasn’t been titled yet.
The tour begins May 19 in Elkford, B.C., then goes to Bellevue the next day, back to the Slice on May 21, then will hit Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Brandon. - Richard Amery

"Brand New Bands & Music"

I caught two different sides of a new blues/ folk/funk-flavoured rock band, Treeline thanks to an electrified, funk full midnight set at the Slice featuring special guest drummer Brady Valgardson, where they helped close off the electric portion of the Amnesty concert and as an acoustic duo the next morning easing the audience into the Lethbridge Roots and Blues Festival.
"We're a very eclectic band," noted guitarist/hand drummer Taylor Ackerman.
"I come from a lot of blues and rock, Ryan (Dyck guitarist/bassist/harmonica player) comes from a lot of folk and Kyle (Harmon, drummer) comes from a lot of jazz. But when we all got together it works and we're always introducing each other to a lot of freaky new stuff," he continued.
Treeline is working on their first EP which should be released by fall, he said.
The band, together for about a year, can plug it in and turn it up as well as they can play the mellow stuff, which makes live shows a unique event.
"We don't like to be pinned down. We like to be Treeline in different forms but under the same umbrella. Sometimes we open for ourselves as the duo, then the three of us," added Dyck.
Treeline plays at various local venues like the 1010 , Blarney Stone and the Slice, but spends just as much time on the road, hitting venues as far away as Cranbrook, Saskatoon and Calgary, he said.

- SunTimes

"Treeline shows their range"

Local band Treeline show their range on their long awaited Ep “Hazy Hills.”

Taylor Ackerman, Ryan Dyck and drummer Clayton Smith not only show they can play country blues on my favourite track “Rains on Me” they also show their Caribbean side on “I‘m Always Thinking” which combines country and pop music.

“Left Field” is an elaborately produced piece of ‘70s style pop combining elements of reggae and blues.

But “Then Them” is where Treeline cuts their blues teeth, with a sweet solo.

To get a feel of the band‘s live show, they also included an outstanding live version of “Rains on Me.” The sound is crisp and clear throughout the recording, which really shows off the breadth of the band‘s skills.
- LA Beat (R. Amery)


Tavern EP (June 2010)
"old-school country all the way."
-Richard Amery, LA Beat

Prairie Sentimentalist w/ Sean Brewer (May 2011)
"peppered with poetic references to sunsets and highways, freight trains and tumbleweeds, the influence of legends like Neil Young and Merle Haggard is clear. However, whether they're performing a sad waltz or an up-tempo bluegrass rocker, these six gentlemen are blazing their own dusty trail."
-Chris Hibbard



Prairie Sentimentalist is the first full length record from alt-country quartet, Treeline. Preceded by two EPs, this latest recording sees Ryan Dyck (Danny) and the boys leaving the basement for the studio. Prairie Sentimentalist is a split album, featuring Edmontonian songwriter Sean Brewer, best known as the main face of former western fusionists, The Uncas. After being introduced by a mutual friend in 2009, Treeline and Brewer began sharing the stage. It was a perfect match, a marriage born of a shared love for old-time lyric driven country songs, and long nights in the tavern. Their frequent live collaborations eventually led them to Scott Franchuk of Edmonton’s Riverdale Recorders, whose portfolio includes the likes of Treeline influences Old Reliable and The Swiftys. The result is a beautifully crafted coming of age record. Though distinct in their lyricism and vocal delivery, songwriters Danny and Brewer tend towards similar motifs, making Prairie Sentimentalist sound less like a split album and more like a forty-minute duet. While Danny offers earnest, half-spoken vocals and a careful attention to lyrics, Brewer’s warm, nasally vocals give perfect voice to the album’s grungier tracks. Both songwriters are occasionally accompanied by the sweet backing vocals of recent Treeline recruit, Tyler Bird, who also plays double bass on the record. Bird’s traditional bass lines and Clayton Smith’s understated drumming are affectively interspersed with pedal steel, organ, banjo, fiddle and, of course, electric guitar. Taylor Ackerman’s guitar work gives Prairie Sentimentalist the spontaneous feel that has come to define Treeline’s unique country sound. Born of the local landscape, the half-sardonically titled Prairie Sentimentalist is a truly impressive record. It tells of prairie towns with their dusty sunsets, toppling grain elevators, lonesome highways and dying churches, not out of nostalgia, but out of a kind of appreciation for things betrayed.
-Robert O'Hara