Tilia Americana is the scientific name for the American Linden or American Basswood, a deciduous tree native to eastern North America. It is characterized by its grayish brown bark, large, deep, and spreading roots, dark green, ovate, alternately arranged leaves, and pale yellow, fragrant flowers that provide an excellent source of nectar and pollen for bees. The tree’s fibrous bark is useful for weaving, and its pale, resonant wood has an indistinct grain and is commonly used for making carvings, wooden ware, and solid-body electric guitars.
Photographer: Nikki A. Rae
Venue: Still Cellars Distillery and Art House, 2016
Tilia Americana is an acoustic band based in Longmont, Colorado. Their bold, genre-spanning original music draws influence from folk, blues, rock, r&b, country and Americana styles, and is notable for use of alternative voicings, non-standard tunings, creative arrangements, and beautiful instrumental harmonization. Their lyrics address widely varied themes from the nature of the universe to the nature of human connection, and draw inspiration from literature, art, science, mathematics, folklore, and the natural world.
Tilia Americana plays out in formats from duo to five-piece, but at its heart is a songwriting duo that shares a deep love of music, creative expression, and nature. One of us hails from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the other grew up in Southern California. One of us started playing guitar as a child, the other just started playing in the last few years. One of us freely sings out loud--melody or harmony--at the slightest opportunity, the other sings mostly when no one is listening. One of us seems nicer than she is and the other one is nicer than he seems. Mathematics... well...let's just say we have separate interests too.