[Cover photo credit to Tony Nelson Photography]
Indie Folk singer/songwriter Sawyer Fredericks has released the single “The Golden Tree”, the first from his upcoming February 2023 EP. He and his band have recently been on tour ahead of the holiday. Fredericks’ Roots-influenced live instrumental arrangements lay the groundwork for this new Indie-Folk ballad, enhanced by strings courtesy of friends The Accidentals.
‘The Golden Tree’ to me, captures many phases in my life, and is about my musical journey, from growing up playing farmers markets in small towns around my home then going on to The Voice when suddenly my music was being heard all around the world. I had so many people who I had never met reaching out to me and sharing these heartfelt stories and hardships, I was humbled that my music touched people, but I was only 15 years old at the time and I was being idolized. I had parents comparing their kids to me and I worried I was becoming a shadow to young people.
Recorded at Dreamland Recording Studio in Woodstock, NY in the summer of 2022 with engineer Ariel Shafir, “The Golden Tree” features Fredericks on vocals and acoustic guitar, his band: Jerome Goosman on dobro, Gannon Ferrell on bass, and Chris Thomas on drums, as well as The Accidentals’ Sav Buist on violin and backing vocals and Katie Larson on cello and backing vocals.
Fredericks and has band have been touring in support of his 2020 album Flowers For You, as well as this new single. After a pandemic imposed touring hiatus, Sawyer went back on the road with friends and collaborators, The Accidentals, in fall of 2021 for a 25-show run through the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast, including stops at The Ark in Ann Arbor, multiple City Wineries, and Club Passim. 2022 highlights included returning to showcase at Folk Alliance and playing Ringo Starr’s birthday party in Los Angeles in July.
You can still check out our interview with Sawyer Fredericks and The Accidentals at Wildfire right here.