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Olive Trees


Karen and Stephen Headed up by husband-and-wife team Stephen and Karen Spanbauer, Olive Trees is a four-piece band with a unique alternative rock/country sound.

Jerry and Tony As college sweethearts, Stephen and Karen played in cover bands, performing alternative rock favorites for their stage-diving audiences. After Stephen graduated from medical school, they returned from a European backpacking vacation with original songwriting aspirations, and the duo Olive Trees was born. They have since been joined by bassist Jerry Hackworth and percussionist Tony Schnell. Stephen plays guitar and sings, and Karen holds down the main vocal duties.

Like the fruit of the olive tree, which requires careful curing and seasoning, the Olive Trees sound is the culmination of many years of thoughtful refinement of the band members’ message and craft. The results can be heard on the recent CD Water Vision.



Program 505

The work of Lawrenceburg potter Marianne Brown, a profile of painter Martin Rollins of Louisville, and music from Louisville’s Olive Trees. (#505)





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