Tree Party's third album Iced Over: Thawing Minnesota's Local Lore is a year-long project of researching stories and local history in smaller communities across Minnesota. MSAB 2013 Artist Initiative Grant recipient Joey Ford found his inspiration in small town museums and historical centers for this album, including songs about “Dorothy Molter: The Root Beer Lady,” “Wrinkle Meat: The 137 Year Old Man" and “Helmer Aakvik: The Old Man of the Inland Sea." Iced Over is a musical tribute to Minnesotans who have come before us and a celebration of their legacy.
Their first original album, self-titled and hot-iron branded, took on Western motifs and Midwest themes, while their following album evolved over a year collaborating with “The 7-Shot Symphony,” an epic, live cowboy show which was awarded a 2011 Ivey Award for Best Overall Production.
Band Members: Joey Ford, Jenna Wyse, Travis Bolton and Andy Carroll
All photos on this website are taken by Matt Gorrie.
From the first beer can smash in "8 Beers" to the last ringing chorus of "Long Hard Road," the arc of Tree Party's 4th album is apparent and mimics the arc of the band's changing musical style over the past few years.
"Weight Off My Shoulders" and "Drones" are the two songs on this 7" vinyl record. This project was made possible by Hymie's Vintage Records.
An album inspired by local Minnesotan stories including: Dorothy Molter "The Root Beer Lady," Wrinkle Meat "The 137 Year Old Man" and Helmer Aakvik "The Old Man of the Inland Sea."
Tree Party's original Spaghetti-Western style soundtrack to "The 7-Shot Symphony," a live epic cowboy theatre piece, landed them the 2011 Twin Cities Ivey Award. (Now only available at live shows.)
Sunday July 17th: Lumberjack Days in Stillwater, MN
Wednesday August 3rd: Aster Cafe w/ Daniel Bonespur
Tuesday August 9th: Filson's Smokey the Bear Birthday Party (Private Event)
Thursday August 25th: Cedar Cultural Center- TREE PARTY ALBUM RELEASE PARTY with The Brass Messengers!!!!!
Friday September 2nd: 331 Club w/ Elizabeth Ghandour (Album Release)
Friday September 16th: Grand Marais, MN- Gunflint Tavern
Saturday September 17th: Bigfork, MN- Edge Center for the Arts
Sunday September 25th: Private Event