The Giving Tree Band is a rock & roll band from Yorkville, Illinois. They all live together, travel together and perform with a wide array of instruments from acoustic & electric guitars, slide guitars & banjos to violin, mandolin & pedal steel. Though the group uses an instrumentation largely associated with bluegrass and Americana, their sound often drums up comparisons to such classic rock icons as The Band, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and The Beatles.
In 2008, the band set out to record a carbon-neutral album at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Their third full-length album, The Joke, The Threat & The Obvious, spent multiple weeks on various Americana radio charts, peaking at number 15 on the Roots Music Report and number 40 on the Americana Airplay Chart. The album also received critical acclaim, including a spot on Acoustic Guitar Magazine's "Best Acoustic Albums of 2010" list, as well as garnering positive reviews from such publications as Relix Magazine, The Huffington Post, and American Songwriter. A review from the Nashville Metromix described The Giving Tree Band as being "a neo-retro take on The Band or the American answer to Mumford & Sons".
The band is also known for extraordinary environmental stewardship and eco-friendly music production. They use a number of instruments that were handmade from naturally fallen trees and reclaimed woods. They have recorded with renewable energy and package all their CDs with 100% recycled materials. National and international environmental media, such as The Sierra Club, The Discovery Channel and Mother Earth News, have also highlighted the band's activism, with the latter referring to them as "the greenest band in the land". When asked if they needed lodging provided for FAIRfest, the vegan collective, named as one of the "Top Ten Great Vegan Activists" in 2010 in a list that included Natalie Portman, Ellen DeGeneres, and Alicia Silverstone, said they preferred camping. Their latest release Like A Freight Train is due out April 7, 2015.