Members: Caleb Kruse, Kevin Hicks, Ashley Vargas, Andy Lundman, Pete Kruse
Our upbeat rhythms and blend of unique instruments have led us to be compared to the likes of Jars of Clay, Lifehouse, Switchfoot and Dave Matthews Band. "You guys are going to go places!" says guitar legend Phil Keaggy. Despite our increase in popularity, our main purpose has not changed: to reach out to the broken.
We have completed two tours in Japan where we gave several performances for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. We have also performed for inmates of the Racine County Youthful Offenders Facility.
Our first full-length project was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee during the summer of 2001. Russ Long was the engineer who worked with us on the project. Other artists that Russ has worked with include: Sixpence None the Richer, DC Talk, and Newsboys. Michael Aukofer was the producer for the project. Michael has also worked with Alathea, Ryan Long, and Beggarman. Our second album entitled, "Dying to Live", was released during the summer of 2005. We were blessed to have guitar legend, Phil Keaggy, and Dove award winner, Mitch McVicker, record on two songs each.
We are constantly working to improve our music, stage presence, and increase our fan base. Many ideas that we've put into practice we've learned from more experienced artists. Since Rufus Tree's inception in 1998, we've had the privilege of opening for Sonicflood, Derek Webb, The Normals, Satellite Soul, Mitch McVicker, Rusted Root, Bill Mallonee, Lifehouse, and Blind Melon.
Through the use of uncommon instruments such as the accordion, mandolin, harmonica, and hammer dulcimer blended with the standard guitar, bass and percussion norm, we've managed to create our own sound and spark interest in places that we never thought were possible. We hope to see you soon!
"â¦but now that I've awakened from an empty dream, I see the light I smothered with the things that I don't need."