video shot and edited by: George Forste
2013 idgf underground
Andrew Brown - Guitar and Vocals
Sophie Tulip - Bass and Vocals
Brandon Worder - Violin, Mandolin, and Vocals
Vince Russo - Washboard and Vocals
Katie Lee - Banjo and vocals
Having released their debut album Baby to Beast in 2012, the band has put the pedal to the metal spreading their unique sound across the country.
A powerhouse of everything the band has come to symbolize, Beast encapsulates the Ann Arbor band's first year of trials, tribulations, and growth, assuming the voices of a century's worth of music with fresh perspective. "The blends of swing, bluegrass,... Dixieland ditties and alluring gypsy-folk whirls - is something close to a transcendent listen ... you're there, on some dirtroad, being led on by these songs," says reviewer Jeff Milo of iSpy Magazine. The crowd-funded album comes with a green-thumb pledge of support from the band-they are donating a portion of the profits from the first run of CDs to local non-profit Selma Cafe.
Formed in November of 2010 by the coincidental meeting of guitarist Andrew Brown and violinist Brandon Smith, The Appleseed Collective got their start through endless networking and connections with the underground current of house-shows, DIY Fests, and localist enthusiasts. Sophie Tulip added sweet lows and highs with double bass and vocals, and Vince Russo livened the group with his clackering washboard and raw vocal passion. By the end of December, the band was already headlining at The Blind Pig, and have since shared stages with Steppin In It, The Ragbirds, Seth Bernard & Daisy May, Cuddle Magic, and Frontier Ruckus. May of 2011 saw the band embark on their debut tour-a ragged edge east coast gypsy caravan of a month which was amazingly successful through the force of sheer moxie. In August 2011, Katie Lee added her warm voice and cutting banjo to the mix. When Sophie left for college a year later Ben Rolston, a recent graduate from the University of Michigan jazz program, stepped in on bass to complete the current lineup.
The Appleseed Collective has been building momentum in 2012, playing Summer Camp Music Festival, Hoxeyville, Earthwork Harvest Gathering, Sleepy Bear and Farm Block Fest; their tour schedule has included stops from Wisconsin to Vermont, and from the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula down to Florida. With a new album's worth of music up their sleeves, The Appleseed Collective is gearing up for a second visit to the studio sometime soon. Said Smith, "The flavors are deepening. We can't wait to share what we have."