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Tree Tops and LUTHI celebrate the debut LP from Tree Tops

Tree Tops and LUTHI celebrate the debut LP from Tree Tops

Sat · March 18, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 18 and over

Tree Tops
Tree Tops
Tree Tops has been a bit of a strange bird from it's inception. Founding members Brandon Castro, Cory Smith, Jim Foust and Chris Burgess all brought very different influences to the table. Castro's songwriting sorts through vaults of personal experiences and speculations, fueled by the likes of Brand New and Manchester Orchestra while Smith relies on everything from Umphrey's McGee to Mogwai to Tame Impala to The White Stripes to craft ear-catching instrumentals. Burgess focuses on the song as a journey, leaning on progressive rock greats like Yes, Camel and Pink Floyd. On stage, Foust's drums come in hard and heavy but lay back almost as quickly to create intense dynamic diversity and settle into a groove that no night owl can resist shaking their ass to. With the addition of Mike Bartlett, an accomplished jazz saxophonist and jack-of-all trades when it comes to composition, the Knoxville-based six piece has really turned the sound around and placed a renewed focus on musical intricacies. The lineup has seen a few changes over the years, including a brief stint with bass master Andrew Norman, the disappearance of Castro from the live show, and frequent special guest Mario Key, whose trombone playing doubles the energy of any crowd. 2016 saw the addition of Jack Willard and David Webb; both are fresh from the UTK jazz program, and already legends in the Knoxville music scene. The band finds a great deal of pride in their ability to craft meaningful songs, but is no stranger to the on-stage improvisation that one would also find in many of their influences. Tree Tops can satisfy the desires of the Lollapalooza-going, indie rock-loving music fan or the Wakarusa attendee looking for a 15 minute tune with plenty of guitar work and grooves that lend to a 3am dance session shared among friends.

Tree Tops is:
Mike Bartlett – Tenor Sax/EWI/Synth
Chris Burgess – Keyboards/Vocals
Jim Foust – Drums
Cory Smith – Guitar/Vocals
David Webb – Guitar
Jack Willard – Bass
It's another steamy day in Nashville and I'm hanging with Christian Luthi at his pad on the east side. We're sharing a coffee at three in the afternoon as he begins to come-to after an evening of work and play.

Originally from Hartford, WI, his musical journey began at the age of five. However, the story really begins when he packed up everything he owned in his mini van, gave up music school in Madison, WI and headed south to Nashville. He had never stepped foot in TN and was pumped to start fresh. He went to work making cronies and "faking" Belmont.

After playing Americana for five or six years, writing with and for various artists in the city, he's decided to pursue his long-time vision of a funk crew. "I felt like I was writing what I was writing because everyone was doing it," he says. "I've always just wanted to create something that people can boogie to — something that's timeless."

Now, rolling with a big band including various horns and a variety of saucy vibes, he's beginning the next part of the saga. The band is a true melting pot, no one is from the same place. LUTHI has a bit of something for everybody. It's time for people to get down. That's really it. So put on something weird, take off your shoes, and come on.

Christian Luthi / Vocals

Taylor Ivey / Guitar

Johnny Williamson / Guitar

Luke Iverson / Keys

Taylor Craft / Bass

Robert Gay / Trumpet

Amber Woodhouse / Saxophone, BGVs

Carl Gatti / Trombone

Patrick Futrell / Drums
Venue Information:
The High Watt
One Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203