ATL don’t miss the chance to see Tall Tall Trees tonight at Smith’s Olde Bar in the Music Room! Having just gotten to see the light up banjo virtuoso at Savannah Stopover this weekend, we can’t miss the chance to see him again. Who knows, you might even get to play with the remote control for the banjo, one crowd member got to in Savannah.
We also have gotten the pleasure of seeing Tall Tall Trees open for and play with Kishi Bashi a number of times, even before becoming a full time member of KB’s touring band. He recently released his new EP, The Seasonal, and his out touring on his own, making a ton of wonder sounds just through looping his banjo and that great voice.
Here is a video from Stopover of Tall Tall Trees
*The Howlin’ Brothers are a Nashville based string band composed of Ian Craft, Ben Plasse and Jared Green. Anchored in a bed of old-time blues and bluegrass, their upbeat shows are heavy with original and traditional music, featuring the sounds of slide banjo, harmonica and old-time fiddle. Sounding like what would happen if a bunch of Appalachian punk rockers formed a jug-band, The Howlin’ Brothers play with a ferocious energy that drags you in and finds you boogieing along in spite of yourself.
**“Bearded man sings songs, violates banjo” – CMJ Tall Tall Trees is definitely not your grandaddy’s banjo player. Mike Savino has released two full albums and one EP on his own start-up label Good Neighbor Records, Tall Tall Trees (2009), and moment (2012), and The Seasonal (2014). He has toured extensively, mystifying audiences with his innovative banjo technique. Savino runs his instrument, dubbed by fans as the “space banjo” or “banjotron”, through a slab of effects and loopers, bowing, drumming, and strumming out multi-textured arrangements on the fly to support his lyrically driven songs. For the past several years, Tall Tall Trees has been splitting his time between touring as a solo artist and touring the US and Canada as a member of violin beatboxing violin looping wizard – and of Montreal alum – Kishi Bashi’s band, and also serving as the tour’s opening act. As a solo act, Tall Tall Trees has played hundreds of venues and many, many excellent festivals – he served as the overall festival opener at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival. Savino is currently touring extensively and is hard at work on a third full length record, which he is expecting to release in 2015.