Trees in 2 Knoxville parks ‘sing’ about their importance

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A new initiative will allow people to hear a tree tell its own story, so to speak, in two Knoxville city parks.

As part of “If Trees Could Sing,” signs are placed around trees at Morningside Park, 1600 Dandridge Avenue, and Victor Ashe Park, 4901 Bradshaw Road, with video links to top musical artists like Reba McIntyre and Ben Folds speaking about the importance of trees in cities.

A long list of artists are participating and represent a diverse range of genres and trees:

  • Rodney Atkins and the Eastern redbud
  • Big Kenny on the benefit of trees
  • Suzy Bogguss and the flowering dogwood
  • Jerry Douglas and the red maple
  • Farmer Jason and the hackberry
  • Mike Farris and the Eastern red cedar
  • The Fisk Jubilee Singers and the bald cypress
  • Bella Fleck, Abigail Washburn and the sugar maple
  • Ben Folds and the sweetgum
  • Amy Grant and the pecan tree
  • Giancarlo Guerrero of the Nashville Symphony and the green ash
  • Will Hoge and the willow oak
  • Taylor Hicks and the sweetbay magnolia
  • Humming House and the Virginia pine
  • Jim Lauderdale and the sugarberry
  • Bill Lloyd and the yellowwood
  • Kathy Mattea and the Southern magnolia
  • Reba McEntire and the pin oak
  • Tim O’Brien and the chinkapin oak
  • David Olney and the white oak
  • Deanie Richardson and the shagbark hickory
  • Kim Richey and the sycamore
  • Jason Ringenberg and the hackberry
  • Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show and the osage orange
  • Annie Sellick and the tulip poplar
  • Webb Wilder and the blue spruce
  • Victor Wooten and the black walnut
  • 8Ball on the benefits of trees

The videos were produced by Music City Roots, Nashville’s weekly Americana music radio stage show. Artists added their own personal touches to the videos, reminding the viewer that people have meaningful connections with trees that are often taken for granted.

More online: Videos with the artists

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