Lone Tree “Holding On”

“I am always inspired when I see young talented musicians, playing real instruments while at the same time embracing the  rich history of this continuum called music. Exploding onto the scene from the horn of Africa with individual members as  diverse as their incredible sound; LONE TREE hits you with a powerful blend of the revolutionary elements of rock and  reggae. As an ensemble they move as one lion pride all led by a mighty lioness. Their energy both on stage and on record is  a force to behold!” –Harrison Stafford of Groundation

From Nairobi to Nashville, Lone Tree is creating a vibrant new sound that attempts to explore the  unknown while simultaneously collaborating with roots Rock n’ Roll, alternative sounds, and an  experimental edge.  


Formed 7 years ago, they were originally named Refuge, which represented what they are all about: an  escape from inauthentic music. Meant tongue and cheek, it came to symbolize their drive for progress. 

Influences are broad and reflect their deep knowledge of music across all genres, including Pink Floyd, Fela Kuti, King Gizzard, Tame Impala, Allman Brothers, The Wailers, Buddy Guy and Jethro Tull. 

Lone Tree is a Kenyan band of 4 expats with roots around the world (U.S., Bolivia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, U.K.  and Belgium). Their depth and diversity are unmissable – having collectively lived in 10 countries and  speaking 6 languages. The singer and lead guitarist/band leader are also siblings. 


Lone Tree started making waves in 2018 with its first original “Gone Astray” which debuted at #1 in the  East African rock charts. Local and international TV, radio and online appearances quickly followed. The  band has opened for international stars like Ziggy Marley, NSG (UK), Fave (Nigeria), Nena (Germany)  and Petite Noir (South Africa) as well as major Kenyan artists like Sauti Sol, Khaligraph Jones and Nviiri  the Storyteller. To date, they have performed more than 150 live events. 

The band has toured internationally every summer since 2018 playing festivals along the way, including  Muela del Diablo (Bolivia, 2018), Bautz Festival (Germany, 2019), Nairobi Rocks (Kenya, 2020),  Musikfest (U.S., 2022), Oktobafest (Kenya, 2022) and Kids Rock for Kids (U.K., 2023). Lone Tree made  its U.S. debut in 2021 at The Basement in Nashville and Fantastic Negrito’s in Oakland, then returned  in 2022 for a 10-show tour in Nashville, D.C. and PA. They most recently completed a 6-show tour of  London playing iconic venues such as Dublin Castle, Bush Hall and 229 London. 

Published Music 

Lone Tree will release a new single every month for a year from a project co-produced by Devon Allman and George Murphy of Martin Terefe’s Eastcote Studios in London. 

Holding On – first single released in November 2023 

Lone Tree at Snowball (Live) – 11-song live album – December 2022 

Refuge – 6-song EP made in collab with Grammy-winning songwriter, Bensoul – July 2022 True Love, Wind Song, One Season and Rude Bwoy – singles released in 2021 

All music is distributed in partnership with SONY’s The Orchard


Holding On (music video) – November 2023 

Lone Tree: Live and Up-close – live set documentary – January 2023 

Lone Tree at Musikfest – full set from festival performance – August 2022 

Exposure has grown to over 42k global followers on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and Twitter.

Band members: Patrick Sanders (lead guitar, vocals), Teresa Sanders (lead singer), Gabe Gebremedhin  (drums, vocals) and Ben Matsaert (bass, keys). Photo credit: Tonii Vendetta 

All about Lone Tree… 

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Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0VAj0iiD96mFA60tqZrtUU?si=Q9xxUcATRKeocgSL1HgY8Q

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@lonetreeband/featured 

Website: https://www.lonetreeband.com 

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