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The Static Trees / Bio

The Static Trees have been an ongoing project/band since late 2009. From the beginning, it has consisted of two members, Nikki Barber and Dylan Whitlow, along with other talented musicians helping out from time to time. The duo started out with no intentions, coming together one evening with a guitar and their own voices, just to see what would happen. It was this evening that sparked the unique musical marriage that would ultimately change the trajectory of their lives. Blown away at the ease of their new partnership and how quickly the music began to flow out of them, they began practicing and writing, using their love for bands like The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan as a starting point for their inspiration. In April 2010, they put out their first album as The Static Trees.

In the early days, they recorded four albums worth of material within their first year together. Using their 70-plus original songs, they recorded and produced these albums themselves with the help of some borrowed recording equipment and a determination to get their music heard. Whitlow explains, "We believed that even though we weren't in a professional studio, if we remained as prolific as possible, the words would speak for themselves."

As quickly as the music came together, so did the gigs. They began to garner attention playing in coffee houses and other local venues in their hometown of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; working their way up to shows in New York City, Washington D.C. and Nashville. Even today they'll play just about anywhere they can plug in, but they've played at well known attractions such as Celebrate Fairfax Festival and Launch Music Festival. Their live show offers a chance to witness their energy, raw emotion and the special musical connection they share when playing together. "We really put it all out there when we play live; there's just nothing quite like it. There's nothing else in the world we'd rather be doing, no where else w'e'd rather be." says Barber.

In January 2011, their hard work paid off when they landed a closed showcase in Nashville, TN. It was here that they met Dustin Kirkendall, Producer and Owner of PopGun Studios. In June 2011, the band made the trip to Nashville and Kirkendall produced the band's first studio EP, "Necessary Risks." Combining elements of blues, indie rock, pop and even R&B, the album is a musical medley of new and old, familiar yet fresh, but unmistakably Static Trees.

After creating a sucessful music video for their first single, "Come On," and continuing to play as many shows as they could fit in, they were itching to record more. They decided to go to their talented friend, Josh Dean, the main man over at MurderBoats Music Recording to record another EP. They recorded in July and September 2012 in Baltimore, MD. This newest recording is their rawest and most pure form of blues yet.

After getting a taste of the south, they decided to give it a permanent try. They decided to make the move to Nashville, TN in September 2012 and have been enjoying themselves since in the local music scene.

General Info

Band Members
Nikki-singer/guitar, Dylan-lead guitar/singer, Gaelen Mitchell-drums
Artist Name
The Static Trees
Profile Page
Active Since
Blues / Alternative Rock / Punk

Contact Info

Nashville, TN

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