And the Band Was Happy


Photo by Tracy Graham

 Deservedly labeled the greenest band in the land, The Giving Tree Band — an indie, bluegrass-infused, folk-rock octet based in Yorkville, Ill. — is passionate about life, music and saving the fragile world we live in. Their latest album, Great Possessions, was recorded, edited, mixed and mastered at the Aldo Leopold Center in Wisconsin (the world’s first certified carbon-neutral building). It’s packaged with 100 percent post-consumer, recycled materials, printed with soy-based ink and wrapped with nontoxic, biodegradable cellulose made from corn. The band plants 10 trees for every 1,000 CD units made in order to offset any carbon created in the manufacturing and shipping processes. This is not some clever marketing gimmick; it’s a way of life.   

The eight members of The Giving Tree Band live and make music communally at Crooked Creek Studios in suburban Chicago. The fresh yet timeless style of these men conjures up frontier settings of centuries past. These tales must flow through the blood of brothers Todd and Eric Fink, co-founders of GTB; they are direct descendants of Mike Fink, the legendary “King of the Keelboaters.”   

Although their songwriting styles differ — Todd’s introspective, Eric’s a storyteller and bandmate Patrick Burke’s more of a humorist — they share equal credit under the band’s name. They also share a trait with the tree from Shel Silverstein’s book for children, The Giving Tree — they give their all, wanting nothing in return.
This article was originally published in Eugene Weeky, June 17, 2010


3 Responses to “And the Band Was Happy”

  1. 1 Barbara
    June 19, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
    I know you will become an amazingly prominent writer!

  2. 2 Kathleen Keeslar
    June 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Very good, Blake…I LOVE Folk-Rock !!! They sound interesting. Glad to see you’re back at writing with a venegance (s/p)–

  3. 3 Chris
    June 23, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Hello Blake, thanks for taking the time to shine a light on The GTB. They have a new album coming out in September, I’d like to tell you a little more about it if you have a moment. Please email me if you like.

    Take Care!

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