Mike Savino is not your grandaddy’s banjo player, and Tall Tall Trees is definitely not your average indie-folk outfit from NYC. A pioneer in the the world of experimental and psychedelic banjo music, Mike Savino has released two records and one EP on his own label Good Neighbor Records, Tall Tall Trees (2009), moment (2012), and The Seasonal EP (2014). Since 2012 Tall Tall Trees has been touring relentlessly, mystifying audiences with his “continually refreshing and innovative approach to the banjo” - Paste Magazine. Often performing solo, Savino’s modern take on the one-man band involves running his homemade instrument, dubbed the Banjotron 5000 through a slab of effects and loopers, bowing, drumming, and strumming out multi-textured arrangements to support his lyrically driven songs.
In addition to Tall Tall Trees, Savino has been touring the world collaborating with beatboxing violinist, and of Montreal alum, Kishi Bashi and has appeared at Austin City Limits, Newport Folk Festival, and on Late Night with David Letterman ( see video below ). Savino is currently working on a third full length Tall Tall Trees record which he is planning to release in 2015.