In the mid-60s while most bands were emulating the MidContinent horn bands, The Trees from Madison were playing the Byrds, Yardbirds, and Jefferson Airplane. Band leader Craig Stroud played a Rickenbacker 12-string,  The Trees played the local ballroom circuit, and also won a recording contract by winning the SFalls Battle of the Bands.DJ Lord Douglas helped produce their first single “Find Somebody.” Guitarist and vocalist Jeff Severson later played with the Young Raiders, Rocke Grace worked with Joe Walsh, while Rich Brown and Rob Coates also continued playing professionally.