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TREE PARTY


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TREE PARTY


Tree Party shows it knows how to put its own spin on the desperate pain of early folk traditionals, creating a kind of dark, sparse rock ‘n’ roll quality more reminiscent of Tom Waits or Nick Cave than Bill Monroe. ...winding a modern sensibility into it all, quickly jumping over the throw-off ‘roots music’ labels in favor of something different altogether.
— A.V. Club

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.

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MUSIC


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MUSIC


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ICED OVER

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." This MSAB funded project will have its release date on February 9th, 2014 at the Cedar Cultural Center.

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THE 7-SHOT SYMPHONY

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.

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HOT IRON BRANDED

Our first original album, self-titled and hot-iron branded with our signature Tree Party brand, takes on Western motifs and Midwest themes.

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VIDEOS


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VIDEOS


"Helmer Aakvik: The Old Man of the Inland Sea"

"Why Want Why"

"Lovesick Blues" by Hank Williams Sr.

"Careless Hap: A Minnesota Romp"

"Want For Good"

Hot-Iron Branding

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SHOWS


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SHOWS


2014 SCHEDULE

MARCH

1st: Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis MN

14th: Gunflint Tavern, Grand Marais MN

15th: Electric Fetus, Duluth MN

15th: The Red Star, Duluth MN

21st: Palmer's, Minneapolis MN

27th: Lee's Liquor Lounge,Minneapolis MN- Everly Brothers Tribute show

APRIL

17th: Aster Cafe, Minneapolis MN

JULY

3rd: 2nd Street Stage, Park Rapids MN

27th: 22nd Annual Festival of the Arts, Owatonna MN

AUGUST

1-3rd: Sioux River Folk Festival, Canton SD