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The Appleseed Collective

 

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little bit older, but, if anything, fame and a busy schedule seem to energize this young quintet. In a spirited appearance at this year's Top of the Park, the band performed a set list of the very old and the very new, ranging from a dazzlingly exuberant cover of the jazz standard "Dinah" to several freshly penned songs. With its second album, Young Love, scheduled for a local pre-release in late August and a national release to follow, the Appleseed Collective doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon.

The band's local concerts draw packed, smiling crowds of all ages, a sign both of its Ann Arbor origins and of the appeal of its vintage sound. For the uninitiated, its music is richly colorful, swinging, and soulful, a mingling of gypsy jazz, Dixieland, and bluegrass. Imagine a cool breeze stirring leaves in a tree, and you'll have a sense of how the music floats through an audience. Its inspired creators are guitarist Andrew Brown, banjoist Katie Lee, fiddle and mandolin player Brandon Smith, washboard player Vince Russo, and upright bassist Ben Rolston.

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