Appleseed Collective

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The Appleseed Collective
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Background Information


Ann Arbor


Folk, Americana, Jazz

Years Active

2010 - Present


Earthwork Music


Andrew Brown - guitar and vocals
'Brandon Smith - violin, mandolin, and vocals
Vince Russo - washboard/percussion and vocals
Eric O'Daly- upright bass and vocals



The Appleseed Collective is not a bluegrass band. It’s not The Hot Club of Paris. It’s not a ragtime cover band. The Appleseed Collective represents Americana music rooted in traditions from all over the world and from every decade, creating a live experience that welcomes every soul and is impossible to replicate. The Appleseed Collective actually describes its music as "Americana folk jazz"

Formed in 2010, The Appleseed Collective has toured the United States almost since the beginning and have become a force of nature powered by their local community and developed by a strong sense of do-it-yourself drive. In an age of corporations and climate change, the band’s commitment to buying & selling local, eating from gardens, and being their own bosses has led to the kind of success that feels simply organic.

Each part of the Collective comes together to form an amalgam of complementary and contrasting elements. With a Motown session musician for a father, guitarist Andrew Brown was exposed to pre-World War II jazz on a trip to New Orleans. Shortly afterwards a chance meeting introduced him to Brandon Smith, violinist, mandolinist and improvisatory magician who grew up playing old time fiddle music. Vince Russo, multi-percussionist and van-packing savant, blends influences of funk, jazz and rock n’ roll on the washboard. Eric Dawe comes from a background of choral singing and studies in Indian classical music and provides the bottom end on the upright bass. The whole band sings in harmony.


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