Cumming, Georgia, USA
“One Tree Hill plays a unique blend of styles than can only be described as acoustic-driven Americana. They started out as a trio- acoustic guitar, fiddle and two vocals, and have since added a 2nd guitar (acoustic & electric), bass guitar (upright & electric), and drums (kit & hand) to their sound.
OTH began when songwriter Patrick Lloyd left the practice of law to pursue music. “There is no better way to share the eternal truths of life than in & through music,” says Lloyd. “Music has a unique ability to cut to the chase & commune with us in very intimate yet mostly unknown ways. She is the perfect lover of whom we never tire … because we cannot contain her.” After playing solo for three years, Lloyd added a vocalist and fiddle to the mix, and eventually kept growing to their current configuration.
“We clearly leaned more toward the folk aspect of our sound during the early days, where Brian's guitar work ads a rock aspect to our current sound. I like them both & more. I love bluegrass, country, blues & jazz, too. That's why I describe us as Americana - we've got a little of all of those genres in our music. The fact that we don't sit in the middle of any musical genre is fine with us. Our “genre” fluctuates from song to song,” says Lloyd.
In December '05, the band brought singer Melody Burr into the mix. “Big changes like that are scary,” says Lloyd. “The audition process mostly addresses someone's musical ability but can only tell you so much about how that person will ultimately affect the band's personality. It's very emotional–you just gotta hop on, hold on and trust that where He's taking the band is somewhere you want to go. We auditioned several singers and then Melody came to us asking if I could record/produce a demo CD for her in OTH's studio. I said yes & was therefore able to 'audition' her voice & personality without her even knowing it which, quite frankly, resulted in the purest audition possible. After finishing her demo CD, I then told her that we were looking for a singer if she was interested. She was, so we went through the many additional phases of auditioning Melody which culminated in her singing with us live at Higher Grounds Coffee House in December '05. She was a good fit & we invited her to join the band! The Lord stepped up to the plate and went yard on this one, literally bringing Melody to us as opposed to us finding her. In other words, God found a way to keep me from mucking things up! Our sound and new tunes are drifting back toward the folk & country rock aspect of our sound: a simpler, more relaxed feel which is a perfect fit for Melody's folk timbre & style of singing. Simply put, we're excited again. We've just finished mixing our 6th CD that we will release on November 10th & 11th. Basically, the band has evolved & we've settled into our new “voice” & look forward to sharing it with you.
The songs continue to be shaped by Lloyd's hard-knocks journey–this thing we call life. Thus it has been said, ”[OTH], your music was balm for the soul. Your music is so very important. I was particularly moved by the words in your music.”
“We definitely see our music as an opportunity to talk about what matters most in life. We don't hesitate to talk about spiritual matters, but not to the exclusion of the physical and emotional. Our faith is not a magic carpet ride that hovers above the daily grind,” Lloyd says. “Oh, sure, we're all occasionally blessed with a respite, and you will hear that in some of our songs. But our music mostly endeavors to embrace the stuggles of life head on.”
OTH's unique sound and willingness to speak forthrightly in their music makes for a refreshing experience.“
|1992||Patrick Lloyd||The Journey|
|1993||One Tree Hill||The Color Red|
|1996||One Tree Hill||One Tree Hill|
|1998||One Tree Hill||Trilemma|
|1999||One Tree Hill||Rendevous|
|2008||One Tree Hill||Fruit of Lips|
Patrick Lloyd of One Tree Hill solo and unplugged, telling his life story through his songs
Patrick Lloyd from One Tree Hill & friends go screaming electric guitars.
“The third album from One Tree Hill was released on December 15, 1996. The record, self-titled One Tree Hill, is the first to feature the full OTH band. The acoustic-based album, which was produced by Patrick Lloyd, was mostly recorded in Ed & Lu's basement from May-September, 1996.” (from http://www.onetreehill.com/OTH_Pages/album3/album3.html)
Patrick Lloyd - Guitar and vocals
Kelly Curran - Vocals
Carl Bedingfield - Bass
Jennifer Stumm - Viola
“We are very glad to see this record get shrink wrapped. We started tracking in December of '97. The CD was released on August 7, 1998. I hope to never take that long in the making of a record again. Don't get me wrong. When we were actually in the studio, we had a blast. The reason it took so long for us to put this record together is because there was too much time in between our sessions. It's very difficult to keep the focus spread out over 8 months. But we made it. And we're happy, for the most part. There's always going to be those things you wish you did differently. If there wasn't, then I'd be scared.
There's nothing like getting lost in the midst of a solid tracking session. And this is true even when you get a track, just to realize you have to do it again because, prior to going red, you forgot to tap that mic that's so peculiar in her ways. “Yep, there's that unmistakable hissing noise across the entire track. Let's do it again.” But, for me, making music is pure unadulterated fun! It's the only thing that can make me forget about food. And making music is particularly fun when you've been blessed with a studio, albeit small, so you don't have the clock ticking your ministry's money away while you're trying to make the music.* Money and music don't dance well together.
On another note, someone who really liked our last record, after listening to Trilemma, expressed her concern about the fact that the Christian message was more remote in this record. It's a great observation and valid concern. I responded by sharing that we were aware that the gospel message is more hidden in Trilemma as compared to our last CD. In fact, all four of OTH's CDs have moved more and more in this direction. The explanation is two-fold.
First is our desire to go further into the mysteries of our Lord, which I think require more abstract and perhaps even ambiguous language. I am reminded of the many parables that Jesus shared with us.
Second is our desire be “all things to all men so that by all possible means [we] might save some.” (see 1 Cor 9.19-23). The second item is a much debated topic among Christian artists. Just how much should we become like those under the law in order to witness to them? Great question. One thing applies to all–no compromise on our obedience to the Lord. Assuming that is in place, the answer to the question in my opinion is different for different persons in the body. Some are called to wave the flag of Jesus at the parade for everyone to see. But somebody's got to drive the car (a little red one, no doubt) hidden under the float. Different functions in the same parade.
Our strategy is to reach more unbelievers because of our more subtle Christian message. Then, the more involved one becomes with our ministry, the more transparent our faith becomes. For example, our monthly newsletter and our website speak more directly about Jesus. Next might come meeting a “fan” for lunch, or speaking to someone directly by phone, etc.
Quite frankly, I, as a believer, prefer more subtle Christian messages in art. I find they have a better opportunity to go deeper and I get something out of seeking out His kingdom, as opposed to it being spoon fed to me.
If you are interested in going deeper into the message behind our songs, and we hope that you are, we invite you to visit the “Background” section below. Jesus is in our music, revving his engines, waiting to scream out of the garage and take you on the ride of your life. “Put the rag top down and enjoy the ride …””
“The title track, Rendezvous, about the car wreck that put band founder Patrick Lloyd in a wheelchair for life, sets the tone for this record that can be described as philisophical and introspective, but most of all – driven” (from http://www.onetreehill.com/OTH_Pages/music.html)