Remedy Tree - "Suns and Spaceships"

Remedy Tree releasing “Suns and Spaceships”

By Cassidy Strauss

Remedy Tree will be ringing in the New Year with the release of their third studio production this January. The earthy sounds of fiddle guitar, bass, banjo, and mandolin is a unique twist to bluegrass music that doesn’t follow the rules. Gabriel Acevedo, bandleader, says that their music style has evolved since their previous albums.

According to Acevedo, the band has found itself this past year and honed in on its sound. The difference is clear. Remedy Tree’s first full length album released in 2016 was centered around slower music because there were different musicians in the band. “When the cellist left the band, a new banjo player [Benny McDowell] who was playing with us influenced

our music a lot. We were at the edge of bluegrass and he put us over the edge,” he said. Once, Acevedo would have considered his songs indie folk, but now he says the upbeat jams suit the band more.

Although band members have come and gone, Gabriel and his wife Abigail Acevedo are the roots that hold Remedy Tree up. Their harmonies are ethereal. These 20-something string pickers seem to have come from an era decades before their time.

After the transformation, the band started gaining a lot more traction. As a band consisting solely of musicians in their 20s, this genre of music is quite rare. Because the band is young in a niche with older bluegrass musicians, they are able to put a fresh spin on more traditional music. For this reason, Remedy Tree does not place itself into a specific music category but rather lets the principles of bluegrass guide their sound.

 The band’s goal is to appeal to a wider audience than just bluegrass. They want to spread the message that life is meaningful. Through the themes in their music, such as faith and love, they are able to convey this message.

 One of the songs on the upcoming album is a co-write. ‘Lonely Eyes’ is western sounding, almost country in a way. The lyrics have a lot of imagery and use nature-related words. The ‘Suns and Spaceships’ EP will have five songs. Acevedo has welcomed guest musicians onto the record to help with visions that he had for the music which couldn’t be complete with just him. Three different fiddle players will be featured on the EP to create a full band sound.

The folksy music has me torn between a feeling of wanting to put a daisy in my hair and dance around in a field of lavender, and feeling like chewing on a stick of hay while doing the Cotton Eye Joe.

The inspiration for the band name is the evolution of a tree. “They start from such small minimal things like an acorn, so susceptible to destruction, and grow into such majestic creatures,” says their website. That is exactly what Remedy Tree has done with their music in St. Augustine. This New Year, resolve to branch out and discover the unique sound of Remedy Tree.

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