Trees on Fire

Trees on Fire

 Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Infusing reggae, hip hop, rock, electronica, classical, klezmer, and funk, we bring high-energy and multi-cultural melodies to lure and stir our listeners' senses. Daily rehearsals, numerous live performances, and collective ecosystem platforms cultivate our undeniable chemistry.


“[Trees on Fire’s] music is a reflection of the current crisis we're all in right now around the globe and the need to make some better decisions,” says Rob Mezzanotte (vocals, guitar, saxophone, keys), whom shares the same sentiments as his band members: Justin Esposito (keys, violin, accordion, guitar, vocals), Blake Hunter (guitar, trumpet, vocals), Paul Rosner (drums, vocals), and Brian Wahl (bass). “There's a lot of injustice that needs to change. We’ve got to realize that we're all connected through a fine thread with our ecosystem and everything that's in it.”

Trees on Fire first sprouted its roots in 2005 amidst the hills and woodlands of Charlottesville, Virginia. The quintet, lauded by many as “hybrid-rock geniuses,” has been scorching the music scene since its inception. Daily rehearsals, frequent live performances, and collective ecosystem platforms cultivate the band’s undeniable chemistry. The mix of two former opera singers turned prolific songwriters, two symphonic virtuosos turned rock ‘n’ rollers, and one irrefutably tasteful percussionist creates a dynamic blend of sounds.

Known for its ear-catching fusion of reggae, hip hop, rock, electronica, classical, klezmer, funk, and beyond, Buzz News Reporter Ken Payne hails Trees on Fire’s “razor-sharp four-part harmonies and organic world rhythms… original, innovative grooves [with] inspirational messages...” It’s no surprise the band’s high-energy and multi-cultural melodies lure and stir the senses of wide audiences, while Dave Matthews Band's Boyd Tinsley attests “[Trees on Fire is] a band to watch for sure."

Organica (2010), Trees on Fire’s debut full-length EP delivers “chill funk to rockin' funk mingled with organic soul,” says Helen Brown, Director, Vice President and Correspondent of Magazine 33. Produced by Trees on Fire, alongside mastermind producers Rob Evans (Dave Matthews Band, Tim Reynolds Trio) and Eric Heigle, Organica, as Brown describes, “takes listeners from the heights of the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains to the buzzing swamps and bayous of the bottom-land.” Recorded at Dave Matthews’ Virginia Haunted Hollow Studios and Louisiana’s hidden gem Dockside Studios where such artists as BB King, Taj Mahal, Mark Knopfler, and Sonny Landreth have recorded, Organica is the first in Trees on Fire’s imminent EP trilogy.

Trees on Fire’s first release, The Green Room (2007), similarly captured the band’s genre-blending tendencies. Pulling from such diverse influences as Bob Marley, the Beatles, Bach, Chopin, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Buckley, Cake, Radiohead, the Meters, Beck, Iron and Wine, Led Zeppelin, Stray Cats, and Miles, Trees on Fire creates an authentic earthy sound, revealing the band’s burning passion to not just spread love, goodwill, and great music, but to expand, explore, and enjoy every minute of the experience.

Organica and The Green Room reflect only a part of the legacy the band intends to leave behind. Tracks such as “Falling Down,” “Into the Fire,” “Take a Seat,” and “Birds and the Bees” explore themes that also cultivate a better planet and challenge corporate and political leaders to notice the increasing need for energy policy change. Trees on Fire particularly seeks to help eliminate the devastating practices of mountaintop removal, coal mining in Appalachia, and clear-cutting of the Atchafalaya River Basin in Louisiana. As a testament to Trees on Fire’s commitment, the band also donates five-percent of the proceeds from its album sales to two key organizations, Atchafalaya Basinkeeper and Appalachian Voices, which dedicate resources to preserve the earth’s invaluable natural landscapes.

Recognized for raising awareness and funds for a number of other organizations, including Sierra Club, Building Goodness Foundation, Climate Ride, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and others, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine has voted Trees on Fire as the “Greenest Regional Band” and Sierra Club has acknowledged the band’s efforts on its website. Kid Pan Alley, an organization which inspires children to create music by pairing them as songwriters with professional musicians, further featured Trees on Fire on its compilation CD, along with tracks from Cracker, Jesse Winchester, members of Everything, and actress Sissy Spacek.

“Trees on Fire’s stellar written and recorded tunes compliment the band’s dedication to promote sustainable environmental as well as valiant community service practices, exhibiting one of the various reasons we selected [the band] as the winner of our Music Division competition,” states Gabrielle Bailey, Senior Public Relations Associate of Silver Starr Art Studios LLC. Trees on Fire 2010-2011 nationwide tour, coming to a city near you. For more details about Trees on Fire and their blazing music, visit



Written By: Trees on Fire

where did I get this fear? close enough to own as long as it's rising on the horizon freedom can be a heavy stone
I don't know why we think we own it all we think we owe nothing to the world we're on we've got a lot to pay back to our only love mother earth father tree imagine there is no fear closer now to love I see it rising on the horizon freedom

Live Life

Written By: Trees on Fire

Laugh Laugh like you never laughed before this shit is funny honey ha ha ha ha tell me more. Run Run like your running for your life your life one life. No yielding to the red light. Jump Jump like your reaching to the sky high high make it like a spaceship. Now spin spin kick up dust like a sand storm blow blow away all that keeps you to the floor. Live life. Yell Yell like you've never yelled before. Scream it out leave the whispers at the back door. Love Love like your doin it for the first time mm mm baby baby baby will you be mine. Tick Tock goes the clock but its not to late blood pumping blood pumping yeah it feels great. Live live like you never lived before. The worlds awaiting so get out to the dance floor. Live life. Don't hesitate life awaits no use sitting in disgrace. The writing's on the wall. Fly Fly away to this state to that moment that awaits. The writing's on the wall.

Waking Up

Written By: Trees on Fire

Oh don't you know? All around this town they'll be waking up more every day. All around this town they'll be getting closer every day. Waking up is hard to do in the morning when you're tired and lonely too. You could be the only to feel so lonely. Oh yes I see we'll all become one big family. Waking up is hard to do.

Birds and the Bees

Written By: Trees on Fire

Where do we go? Where do we go from here? How did we get this far away? How do we know that our lives aren't intertwined with the fish in the sea? How do we know? How do we know what's right? Why do we tend to stand and fight? How do we know that our lives aren't intertwined with the birds and the bees? Here we come again. There she blows. Why do we care? Why do we care who wins? Where did this human race begin? How do we know that our lives aren't intertwined with the plants and the trees. Here we come again. There she blows. Here we come again. There it goes. Here we come again there she blows. Hear the world.


"Live Life" - Single

"Rosa" - Single

"Just Because" - Single

"Freedom" - Single

"Bottom" - Single

Organica (2010) - Album

The Green Room (2007) - Album