Family Tree consists of: Derek Smith-acoustic and electric guitar and vocals; Zach Klecka-electric violin; Kevin Johnson-bass; Anthony Lomonaco-drums and vocals; Kevin Turner-electric guitar and vocals; and Brian Baldwin-percussion. "The result is a virtually flawless ensemble with infinite possibilities"-David Todd of Port Folio Weekly Magazine.
At it's conception, Family Tree was an eight-piece group including guitarist Mike Johnston, flutist Jason Winters, and original drummer, Andy Smith (brother to Derek Smith and first cousin to Kevin Johnson.) Mike and Jason left the band, respectively, to pursue other musical avenues, but remain great friends to Family Tree. On December 16 of 2004, Andy tragically passed away at his home in Norfolk, VA. The band has continued on, in honor of his memory and for all that they have worked for over the past seven years. Anthony Lomonaco, Andy's best friend and original percussionist for Family Tree, has filled the void behind the drum kit, so that the group may continue to reach new audiences with their music.
Over the past eight years, Family Tree has received a large amount of attention and has gathered an extremely diverse following in and around their home area of Hampton Roads, Virginia. The band has been featured on the area's public radio station-WHRV, the former progressive rock station-The Coast, modern-rock leader 96X and has been positively reviewed many times by Ninevolt Magazine, once the premier music magazine for the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas of Virginia.
Family Tree has received numerous honors including:
2001-Ninevolt Magazine Award nomination
2003-Ninevolt Magazine Award nomination
2004-Winner: Ninevolt Magazine Battle of the Bands
Winner: Ninevolt Magazine Jam Band of the Year
Winner: Ninevolt Magazine Drummer of the Year
Portfolio Magazine Best Rock Band of the Year nomination
2005-Winner: Portfolio Magazine Jam Band of the Year
Winner: Alpha Xi Delta Battle of the Bands
Portfolio Magazine Album of the Year nomination
Family has shared the stage with:
Toots and the Maytals
Family Tree has shown its staying power through consistent audience response at many venues and has performed once at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater and eight times at the prestigious NorVA Theater in downtown Norfolk.
Check out the artist's website:
1. The Dual
2. Second Sight
3. Dear Abbey
4. Flowers on the Doorstep
5. Long Train Runnin'
6. Settling for Nothing
7. The Man Downstairs
8. Sweet Inspiration