Playing for Petals
Simple Tree was formed, after many jam sessions, in February of 2001, in Oklahoma City. The band spent most of 2001 and 2002 playing open mics and live shows to get their music heard. They released their first CD 'Alive Demonstration', a live recording from a show at the Blue Note in Oklahoma City. 'Alive' allowed the roots to spread, and though the outlets of their original style seemed limited, they decided to branch out and spent the end of 2002 and most of 2003 playing live shows in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and California. During their tour of the west coast, simple tree found a lot of receptive ears to their unique blend of piano and hand drums and decided to head back home to OKC and work on their next album 'Playing for Petals'. On March 27th, 2004 the band released their new album, 'Playing for Petals, a live recording from Galileo's, and a studio recording from Dallas Sound Lab. The band also introduced their newest member John Wygle on electric guitar. John added the space that was floating above the complex piano arrangements and soulful vocals of Mel Wooden, and the aggresive hand percussions of Chadd Phillips and Bunk Pergl. In January of 2005 the band introduced Eman Chalshotori, a cello player. Currently, Simple Tree has their album selling in local music stores, and are gearing up for 2005's show dates. Also, in the works is a studio album that will feature new members John Wygle on electric guitar and Eman Chalshotori on cello. This is a whole new sound for the band...and the tree keeps on growing....