South Florida Blues, Soul and R&B veteran Tree Top has been performing for over 50 years. Tree Top cut his musical teeth at age 16 in Tampa playing guitar in various clubs. He began touring with jazz/big band great, Erskine Hawkins. In the 60’s he made his way to Miami and played all of the historic Overtown night clubs. Tree spent many years in the house band at the Sir John Night Beat Club, where he shared the stage with many of the greats who came through Miami – Aretha Franklin, The Drifters, Patti LaBelle, the Four Tops, BB King and many more. Tree Top became close friends with and performed with Stax Label stars, Sam and Dave and Eddie Floyd and has recorded with Sam and Dave.
Tree was a regular at all of the hotels on Miami Beach during the 70’s even getting local youngsters in on the act to dance and sing at poolside performances at the Eden Roc, Castaways, the Thunderbird and Fontainebleau. Tree Top played guitar for several touring acts including the Five Royales, Dyzzy Jones, Frank Desbordes and Sammy and the Vikings and has played tours in the U.S. including the famous Apollo Theater and has also toured in Europe. In 1970, Tree Top and the Soul Branches recorded the funk instrumental hit “Inside Out” (B side: “Don’t Go Away”) which received tremendous airplay behind the support of popular AM disc jockeys Butterball and King Coleman. Tree Top has been a major player in the Miami music scene for over four decades and even lived next door to Grammy winning soul singer Betty Wright. Tree also worked with soul singer-turned-producer/TV host, Steve Alaimo and many of the other acts from Henry Stone’s TK Records label.
Today, Tree Top continues sharing his talent and love for music as a “one-man-band” and DJ around Miami, and also fronts a local band performing his originals and a wide variety of R&B, soul and blues hits from the 60’s and 70’s.