Camping out under the stars at Mirror Lake State Park and biking about 11 miles to and from the solar-powered Aldo Leapold Center in Baraboo, The Giving Tree Band truly made their second album, “Great Possessions,” carbon neutral.
“We wanted, for many years, to record an album using only solar energy,” Eric Fink said. With all of the “green” energy used in the making of “Great Possessions,” it is one of the most eco-friendly albums produced.
It was an amazing experience that Eric Fink said he didn’t think any of them would have traded for anything.
After “Great Possessions” they built their own studio with reclaimed barn wood and bamboo floors, windows and a bark siding made from construction scraps. In the control room they used cork flooring which is very eco-friendly. Though there isn’t any solar power at the studio, they do offset energy they use with wind credits, Eric Fink said.
The band started with brothers Eric and Todd Fink playing acoustic music, and then branching out to other styles and meeting future members along the way.
“I think when we boil it all down, we’re all rock ‘n’ roll musicians,” Eric Fink said. While a lot their music is considered folky and bluegrassy, the sound varies from song to song. One song might be really stripped-down folk music, and the next one might be something that mimics Neal Young or The Band.
They play it how it comes is what Eric Fink said. Every song has its own unique sound. It’s not like a lot of bands where most of their songs sound a lot alike.
Their name is a tribute to the book, “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.
“The name is growing with us as we continue to play this style of music, and play from the heart,” Eric Fink said, “We’re realizing that it’s giving more things back to us than we had anticipated, I guess.”
The crowd at the High Noon Saloon, when they played on May 3, received them very well, with many members of the crowd out on the floor dancing.