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Formed in November of 2010, Michigan’s The Appleseed Collective got a jump on the scene through endless networking and connections with the underground current of house-shows, DIY Fests, and localist enthusiasts.

“Since the very beginning we’ve found a lot of support in the local food movement. Now that we are ready a cut an album we want to support the community that got us here.” These were the words of Andrew Brown, guitarist and front-man of The Appleseed Collective, speaking of the new 2012 album Baby to Beast. A powerhouse of everything the band has come to symbolize, Beast encapsulates the Ann Arbor band’s first year of trials, tribulations, and growth, assuming the voices of a century’s worth of music with fresh perspective. The crowd-funded album has come with a green-thumb pledge of support from the band–they are donating half the profits from the first run of CDs to local non-profit Selma Cafe.

“Selma does wonderful work with local farmers,” said Brandon Smith–violinist, mandolinist and vocalist. “Their work over the last 3 years has resulted in the creation of over 20,000 square feet of year-round growing space.” The hoop-house spreading 501(c)3 is intricately tied to the band–they got their start playing Friday morning gigs for tips in the crowded Ann Arbor home where the Cafe part of the organization lives.

Having just completed a successful tour of Florida, the band has released their true debut, Baby to Beast. “This album is about everything we’ve been through, everything that’s come before us,” said Smith. “It’s all about staying true to our roots.”

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