In December of 2021, a group of all-star musicians from North Carolina got together to perform the music of John Prine in Elkin, NC. The show was supposed to be a one-off night sponsored by The Reeves Theater and Cafe, but the musicians quickly realized there was a very special and unique ‘magic’ happening on stage that evening.
Since then, The Tree of Forgiveness Band has performed in venues through NC and VA, including RoosterWalk Festival, and inside the Bluegrass Caverns at The Cave Fest in Tennessee.
The Tree of Forgiveness Band – A Tribute to John Prine performs music that spans the life and career of Mr. John Prine. From his first album in 1971, John Prine, up to his final 2018 release The Tree of Forgiveness, the band digs into both well-known classics such as “Illegal Smile,” “Sam Stone,” “Angel From Montgomery” and “Grandpa Was A Carpenter” to some of his ‘deep cuts’ such as “Bruised Orange” and “Egg & Daughter Nite.”
The band features Tommy Jackson (keys/piano) from The Camel City Yacht Club, Joey Recchio (guitar), Ashley Sutton (bass), Brian Swenk (banjo) from Big Daddy Love, Sam Tayloe (guitar) from Time Sawyer, Chris “Silk” Terry (drums) from Silk Groove Revue, Kate Carson-Groner (accordion) from The Reeves House Band, Luke Mears (guitar) from The Luke Mears Band, and Josh Casstevens (electric guitar) from Mood Cultivation Project.
These musicians all have decades of experience performing on a professional level throughout the country, and there’s an undeniable magic when they get together on stage and perform the music of Mr. John Prine.