US Tour Dates with Dead Trees and the Whigs

Oct 28 – Middle East – Boston, MA
Oct 29 – Funk & Waffles – Syracuse, NY
Oct 30 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk
Oct 31 – Musica – Akron, OH
Nov 2 – Madhatter – Cincinnati, OH
Nov 3 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
Nov 4 – Birdy’s – Indianapolis, IN
Nov 5 – Cannery – Nashville, TN
Nov 6 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
Nov 7 – Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN
Nov 10 – Bluebird – Denver, CO
Nov 13 – Media Club – Vancouver, BC
Nov 14 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
Nov 15 – Doug Fir – Portland, OR
Nov 17 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
Nov 18 – Detroit Bar – Costa Mesa, CA
Nov 19 – Troubadour – LA, CA
Nov 20 – Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
Nov 21 – SOMA – San Diego, CA

Dear friends and fans of the Dead Trees,
After a nice leisurely summer spent in New York City, Portland Oregon, Martha’s Vineyard, Los Angeles, Brazil, and everywhere in between, The Dead Trees are back together scheming and plotting. This September-October we will be co-headlining a tour with our great pals The Rosewood Thieves. Only to wrap up in time to go into the studio and record the follow up to our 2008 smash hit LP “King of Rosa.” As the specifics are still being worked out I can’t tell you too much about the record. But if all goes as planned it’s sure going to be radical, and probably go to #1. I have included a bunch of pictures our recent trip to Brazil on the “Little Joy Family Van Tour” featuring Adam Green, The Dead Trees, and Little Joy. Yeah, it was great, and now we’re pals with Caetano. Tell your friends, tell your mom.

Much Love, Michael Ian Cummings

Who are the Dead Trees?

Modest beginnings play out in the The Dead Trees’ music in the best way – there’s no artifice here, not much “production” to speak of, just a bunch of good musicians doing what comes naturally on a batch of deceptively elegant songs. Two guitars, background vocals here and there, a manic drum fill when necessary. It all feels easy and right. Says Michael: “We don’t deprive any of our songs. They’re like our children, all different and each as important as the next. We’re just borrowing from our heroes and trying to raise a family.”

Since those basement sessions things have happened pretty fast – the band sent some CDs around, and next thing you know The Dead Trees were supporting Albert Hammond, Jr. on a national tour, did The House Of Blues in LA, Webster Hall in NYC, just about burned down the Metro in Chicago, and abandoned a broken down van somewhere in Iowa. There were showcases at Spaceland and Mercury Lounge and interest at labels was piqued. Now being represented by the management duo of Bryna Gootkind (Port O’Brien, Kaki King, Melissa Ferrick) and Ryan Gentles (The Strokes, Albert Hammond, Jr.), they‘ve relocated to Portland, Oregon where they completed their debut LP, King Of Rosa. After signing a Japan-only deal with Japan’s leading indie label Five Man Army, the band was invited to perform at the Summer Sonic Festival in Tokyo and Osaka in the summer of 2008 in support of the upcoming release.

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