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Any songwriter would have to agree that a feel-good song may fall out of the sky on a breezy, sunny day, but it may prove a daunting task for some. Most artists thrive on bringing their pain and misery into their work and, ironically, capture something beautiful that speaks volumes about the human condition by tapping into the dark realities of their lives. It may seem that there are no feel-good songs on "The Gospel of Hurt", the newest album by acclaimed Americana/Folk Rock duo, Trees Leave. But take a closer listen to this batch of emotional tunes and see what it's like to hurt so good.
Trees Leave have traveled the nation for the last 2 years in support of their haunting debut album, "Run". From that album came the neo-Bluegrass number, "Water Falls" which placed the duo as a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest held at Merlefest every year. They were placed in the Bluegrass category, but even contest host, Jim Lauderdale, didn't know how to classify the song. "It's just different, in a good way", he said. That's exactly how Trees Leave likes to be described: different. Over the years, they have crafted a sound that marries their Bluegrass roots with their love of Rock, Blues and Traditional Country music. Trees Leave’s preferred brand of Americana mixes raw, emotional lyrics with equally jarring melodies and instrumentation. Whether they are plugged in or sitting on the back porch, the urgency in their music and performance is hard to ignore.
Trees Leave has had the privilege of sharing the stage with the following artists: Patty Loveless, The Greencards, Sam Bush, Angie Aparro, Tim O'Brien, The Infamous Stringdusters, Irons In The Fire, The Lovell Sisters, Mac Powell (Third Day), Shane and Shane, Trevor Morgan, Randall Goodgame, Brianna Lane, Kort McCumber