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Five questions with Cobi Ferguson of Trees Leave
Members of the band Trees Leave include Wyatt Espalin, left, and Cobi Ferguson, right. The duo also play regularly with Ben Wilson, second from left, and Isaiah Lyon. Ferguson and Espalin will return to their North Georgia roots on Friday with a show at The Crimson Moon in Dahlonega.

Trees Leave

When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: The Crimson Moon, 24 N. Park St. Dahlonega
How much: $12 in advance, $14 at the door
More info: 706-864-3982

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The two members of Trees Leave come back to their roots with their show Friday at The Crimson Moon in Dahlonega.

The two met in Hiawassee and have been living the last five years as singer/songwriters in Nashville, Tenn.

They'll add a drummer for the show, but the music is guitar-based with plenty of mandolin and fiddle.

Question: Who's in the band?

Answer: Myself, Cobi Ferguson ... and then Wyatt Espalin. I play guitar mostly and play mandolin ... (Wyatt) plays fiddle. We both play guitar and then we switch off playing guitar, and I play mandolin and he plays fiddle. We're a duo, but we hire band members. And for the show in Dahlonega it's gonna be a three-piece. So we'll have a drummer ... Isaiah Lyon.

Q: How did the band form?

A: We actually met in a church and were playing in a church band together. (We) started playing music and then kind of got away from the Christian scene and just started playing regular music. We first started playing together in North Georgia ... up in the Hiawassee area. And then moved to Nashville about five years ago and have been playing semiprofessionally.

Q: What kind of music do you play?

A: We play, I would say, alternative folk rock would be a good way to describe it. ... (Some influences include) Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, Bright Eyes, Old Crow Medicine Show.

Q: What can people expect at the show?

A: A few covers, obscure covers, but mostly original tunes. It's gonna be more of a stripped-down show. A lot of times we play with a full band, but obviously we're just bringing the three piece this time.

... Expect a lively show, very lively. Something for all ages. Witty songwriting. We're songwriters, so we kind of put more of a musical twist to songwriting than you would see at an average songwriters show.

Q: What's next for Trees Leave?

A: This is actually a part of an all-year tour called the Tree Huggers Tour. It doesn't have anything to do with being "green" or hugging trees. It just goes along with the name of our band. And we're contemplating calling our fans tree huggers. ... The next big thing is we're going to New York City to play, and we're playing clubs and venues across most of the Southeast. ... Probably the biggest thing we've got ahead of us is we're opening up for Patty Loveless at the Anderson Music Hall at Hiawassee - the fall festival there. That's gonna be on Oct. 14.

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