The Giving Tree Band took as little as they could from Mother Earth during the recording of their latest record, Great Possessions. The Chicago-based folksters recorded, edited, mixed, and mastered the record using only solar energy at The Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The disc packaging was created using 100 percent wind energy, nontoxic soy inks, and recycled materials, and the band will plant 10 trees to offset the carbon emissions created for each thousand copies shipped. It is hard to imagine a group of musicians doing more to guarantee that, at the end of the day, it is only the music that survives to give record of the band’s passing, and the good Mother is happy for it.
The Giving Tree Band resonates with a spirit that transcends centuries; the 18 tracks on Great Possessions could easily provide the soundtrack to a serene afternoon at Thoreau’s Walden Pond or the backdrop to a rousing barn dance. Each track has a raspy, worn feel to it – it’s an ageless music. Like a hilltop cabin’s rocking chair that beckons visitors to sit and rest a spell, it’s comfortable and feels right. And the ecofriendly nature of this record – knowing that The Giving Tree Band took time to look outside itself and thought about more than just the bottom line – makes this a folk record in the truest sense of the word.
Great Possessions is out now on Crooked Creek.