Through the Trees

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Through The Trees
Studio album by The Handsome Family
Released 1998
Genre Alternative country
Label Carrot Top, Loose Music
Producer Dave Trumfio, Brett Sparks
The Handsome Family chronology
Invisible Hands
Through The Trees
Down in the Valley

Through the Trees is the third full-length album released by alternative country band The Handsome Family. It was released 1998 by Carrot Top Records (North America) / Loose Music (Europe).

Alternative country, or alternative country rock is a loosely defined subgenre of country music and rock music, which includes acts that differ significantly in style from mainstream country music and pop country music. Alternative country artists are often influenced by alternative rock. However, the term has been used to describe country music bands and artists that have incorporated influences from alternative rock, indie rock, roots rock, bluegrass, neotraditional country, punk rock, rockabilly, punkabilly, honky-tonk, outlaw country, folk rock, indie folk, folk revival, hard rock, R&B, country rock, heartland rock, and Southern rock.

The Handsome Family US alternative country and americana band

The Handsome Family is an alternative country and Americana duo consisting of husband and wife Brett and Rennie Sparks formed in Chicago, Illinois, and currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are perhaps best known for their song "Far from Any Road" from the album Singing Bones, which was used as the main title theme for the first season of HBO's 2014 crime drama True Detective. The band's 10th album, Unseen, was released on September 16, 2016, the first new release on the band's own label and through long-time label Loose in Europe.

Loose Music British independent record label based in Acton, London, United Kingdom

Loose is a British independent record label based in Ladbroke Grove, London.


Through the Trees was nominated by Mojo readers as one of the most important Americana CDs of the 1990s. [1]

<i>Mojo</i> (magazine) magazine

Mojo is a popular music magazine published initially by Emap, and since January 2008 by Bauer, monthly in the United Kingdom. Following the success of the magazine Q, publishers Emap were looking for a title that would cater for the burgeoning interest in classic rock music. Mojo was first published on 15 October 1993; in keeping with its classic rock aesthetic, the first issue had Bob Dylan and John Lennon as its first cover stars. Noted for its in-depth coverage of both popular and cult acts, it acted as the inspiration for Blender and Uncut. Many noted music critics have written for it, including Charles Shaar Murray, Greil Marcus, Nick Kent and Jon Savage. The launch editor of Mojo was Paul Du Noyer and his successors have included Mat Snow, Paul Trynka and Pat Gilbert.

Track listing

All music by Brett Sparks; all lyrics by Rennie Sparks, except as noted.

  1. "Weightless Again" – 3:40
  2. "My Sister's Tiny Hands" – 3:27
  3. "Stalled" – 2:28
  4. "Where The Birch Trees Lean" – 3:22
  5. "Cathedrals" – 3:24
  6. "Down In The Ground" – 2:45
  7. "The Giant Of Illinois" – 3:05
  8. "Down In The Valley Of Hollow Logs" – 3:31
  9. "I Fell" – 4:16
  10. "The Woman Downstairs" – 4:49
  11. "Last Night I Went Out Walking" (lyrics by Brett Sparks) – 4:26
  12. "Bury Me Here" – 2:46
  13. "My Ghost" (lyrics by Brett & Rennie Sparks) – 2:26

Personnel [2]

Jeff Tweedy musician

Jeffrey Scot Tweedy is an American songwriter, musician, and record producer best known as the singer and guitarist of the band Wilco. Tweedy, originally from Belleville, Illinois, started his music career in high school in his band The Plebes with Jay Farrar, which subsequently transitioned into the alternative country band Uncle Tupelo. After Uncle Tupelo broke up Tweedy formed Wilco which found critical and commercial success, most notably with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost Is Born, the latter of which received a Grammy for Best Alternative Album in 2005.

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  2. cf. Brett & Rennie Sparks (1998): Credits. In Through The Trees [CD booklet]. Chicago: Carrot Top Records.