Our upbeat rhythms and blend of unique instruments have led us to be compared to the likes of Jars of Clay, Lifehouse, and Dave Matthews Band. "You guys are going to go places!" said Carolee Riba, an Account Manager for WZSF-FM (106.7 the Fish) at a December blood drive in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
We have released a self-titled album, which was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee during the summer of 2001. Russ Long was the engineer who worked with us on the project. Other artists that Russ has worked with include: Sixpence None the Richer, DC Talk, and Newsboys. Michael Aukofer was the producer for the album. Michael has also worked with Alathea, Ryan Long, and Beggarman. We are in the process of putting together a second album which should be completed this fall (2004).
We are constantly growing and working to improve our music, stage presence and overall effectiveness. Many ideas that we've put into practice we've learned from more experienced artists. Since Rufus Tree's inception in 1998, we've had the privilege of opening for Derek Webb of Caedman's Call, The Normals, Satellite Soul, Mitch McVicker, Bill Mallonee of Vigilantes of Love, and Sonicflood. We've also played at Lifest 2003 (www.lifest.com) and at two Chicago Rush football games.
The media in Chicago and its surrounding areas has begun to take notice of our growing popularity. The Chicago radio stations 104.7 WCFL and 106.7 WZSF have interviewed us on the air while helping to promote our music. In addition, the Fox Valley Daily Herald featured us in a full-page spread entitled "Playing on Faith" during June of 2002.
Through the use of uncommon instruments such as the accordion, mandolin, and hammer dulcimer added to the standard guitar, bass and percussion norm, we've managed to create our own sound and spark interest in places that we never thought were possible.
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