Posts Tagged ‘Timberland community artists’

Free Music Friday: Emily Elbert

Peace, love and positivity — those are the messages Emily Elbert tries to convey through her music. And at just 22 years old, this Berklee College of Music senior has already had plenty of opportunity to spread her good words, in concerts throughout the US and across the globe.

Eco-conscious could be another message from this Texas native, whose environmentally-friendly actions include carpooling, using recycled and recyclable goods and eating local-grown foods whenever she can.

Emily is talented, adorable and passionate about the environment … and she’s our artist of the month for January. Watch her video, and then visit our music page to download her song “To Stay Alive in the World” (it’s free!).

Free Music Friday: Black Kettle

Keeley Bumford and Kailynn West are the Indie rock band duo “Black Kettle,” and Timberland’s artists of the month for December.  The East Coast girls grew up conscious of environmental responsibility (Keeley’s family lived completely off the grid, with their home powered by hydro electricity!) and took those environmental values with them cross-country to Los Angeles, where they continue to be mindful of their use of energy and resources — and encourage others to do the same.

You can download Black Kettle’s song “Spineless” (for free!) on Timberland’s music page now. While you’re there, be sure to check out the rest of our featured artists and their music, too.

Free Music Friday: Abbie Barrett

She uses chemical-free cleaning products, can’t juggle and sounds a little like Chrissie Hynde (is it just me?) … she’s Abbie Barrett, our featured artist of the month for November.

We asked Abbie what she does to reduce her environmental impact.  Among the list of actions she takes (including recycling and using CFL lightbulbs and reusable water bottles), she said: “Mostly, I try to do better.” And whether your environmental action is really big or kind of small, isn’t that the whole point?

She may not know how to juggle, but she can sing.  Check out Abbie’s song “Here to Stay” and download it for free on our Community Music page.

Free Music Friday: Alicia Lemke

October’s featured artist Alicia Lemke says, “my wilderness spirit and my musical spirit are very linked,” and we think that’s pretty cool.  The Wisconsin native does her best to live a sustainable lifestyle by buying locally-grown foods, recycling and using her own water bottle while she’s traveling — which is often.  Meet the outdoor-loving musician for yourself:

That’s Alicia’s song “Smoking Gun” playing in her video above, and you can download it (for free!) on our Music Page.  While you’re there, be sure to check out some of our previously-featured environmental artists and their work.

Free Music Friday: The Chad Hollister Band

Our pick for artist of the month for September is the Chad Hollister Band – a group of talented musicians with Vermont roots, an infectious sound, and a passion for the environment.  Here’s Chad Hollister himself, talking about what he does to reduce his own environmental footprint … and showing us just how deep his affection for the great outdoors really runs:

The band’s song “Grow” is gaining quick popularity on the airwaves, and you can download it now, for free, on our music page.  While you’re there, check out the other Friday freebies from our previous artists of the month.

Free Music Friday: Luke Reynolds

Timberland’s artist of the month for August is Grammy-nominated songwriter and “multi-instrumentalist” Luke Reynolds — an outdoor enthusiast who has performed at festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza and recently joined the acclaimed band Guster.  Luke’s commitment to environmentalism has a double-benefit: buying less stuff not only reduces his waste, but also helps him save money for a piece of land in Vermont!

You can download Luke’s song “Church on Sunday” for free on our music page.  And while you’re there, be sure to check out our previously-featured artists of the month.

Know an amazing musician who’s also passionate about the outdoors?  Tell us!  Either comment here or email

Free Music Friday: John That

Introducing John That, Timberland’s featured artist of the month for July.

A local NH native, John expresses his environmental consciousness through everyday choices such as walking or biking instead of driving a car, growing veggies in his own garden (doesn’t get much more locally-grown than that), and reusing and re-purposing goods whenever he can to avoid buying more stuff and creating more waste (he totes his drum pedals in an old picnic and wine case!).

And now, John is offering a free download of his song “Better Next to You” here on our music page — that’s environmentalism that’s music to our ears.  Enjoy!

“By Giving, We Receive:” An exclusive interview with Timberland featured band, Alma Desnuda

Managing Timberland’s Community Music program gives me the opportunity to work with passionate up-and-coming musicians who have strong environmental values. I was taken aback when one of our featured bands, Alma Desnuda , asked to donate the Timberland footwear we offered them to children in need. I have to admit I was surprised –I mean, who doesn’t want free boots? Below is a Q&A with Alma Desnuda’s Chris Bryden, who gives us an exclusive look at the values philosophy behind the band.

Amanda: We hook all of our featured musicians up with Timberland gear. It surprised me when you chose to donate your footwear to the East Oakland Boys and Girls Club. What made you decide to do that?

Chris: We view all the resources that come our way as forms of energy. When we hold onto that energy, it stagnates. When we channel that energy into places that are aligned with our values, the energy is utilized in a way that is congruent with the way the universe works. We have enough clothes and shoes, not all kids from East Oakland do. We quickly realized that your generous gift of gear to us could go much farther on the feet of those who have it harder than we do. Furthermore, we believe that by giving, we receive, though not necessarily in the same form of the giving. And look, it’s true! We’re already receiving exposure to all the people who would not have otherwise have heard about us. This is a valuable resource for us. So thanks!

Amanda: What’s your connection with the East Oakland Boys and Girls Club? Have you ever volunteered or donated items there before?

Chris: We have a beautiful relationship with the Boys and Girls Club. On tour this summer, we jammed for the East L.A. and Austin, TX branches, talking with the youth about the power they have to realize their dreams and giving them an enjoyable musical experience. At the East L.A. performance, we got to sign their Wall of Dreams, alongside the L.A. Lakers! Playing for the youth is the best! They are full of life and hungry for wisdom and experience.

In general, philanthropy is a cornerstone of our band and business model. We play for a diverse array of causes because we are diverse, our communities are diverse, and there are a lot of needs to be met.

For example, we have played for amputee surfers, geriatric communities, incarcerated youth, orphaned youth in Bali, yoga classes, the homeless, food shelters, and the dying to name a few. No matter what your situation, basically everyone loves to get down to good tunes and we realized early that we had a great opportunity to expand our market by focusing on all people in the world, not just those that like to throw a few back at a venue (though I must admit we are partial to getting down on a legit stage with lights, good sound, and an eager crowd!).

Amanda: When did you drop off the shoes? Did you get to meet any of the kids that received them?

Chris: It was actually the day before we left on our international tour, 2 days before Christmas, and we were racing around to get all the last pieces in order when we realized that we had yet to drop off the shoes. So we sent Tony over and when he got there, the director of the center, Magen Clay, gave him a tour of the center, which included a couple computer labs, game room, gym, and a bunch of cool kids of all ages who weren’t shy about saying hello to the random dude with long hair and a guitar on his back!

It turned out that later that evening they had their annual Christmas gift exchange, so our donation came at the perfect time. Everyone was very happy and grateful for the unexpected gifts, and we were happy to know that our love for music has been able to provide some joy to those in need.

Amanda: For our readers that don’t know much about this part of the US, can you describe what East Oakland is like and why some of the kids there are especially in need of new shoes?

Chris: East Oakland is the heart of Northern California’s African-American community. Many factors, including racial prejudice, contribute to the fact that there is a lot of crime, drugs, and prostitution in the area. Poverty is high and opportunities for youth who are seeking a better way of life are few and far between. Places like the East Oakland Boys and Girls Club, East Oakland Youth Development Center, and Youth Uprising, provide a place for youth to be nurtured, empowered, and realize their potential. A pair of authentic Timberlands is a big deal in those parts. We asked the Boys and Girls Club to give the shoes to youth they felt were especially deserving, either through their good behavior or through having an especially needy holiday time.

Amanda: Congrats on your first international tour! If our readers want to go see a band that’s doing well and doing good, where will you be playing over next few months?

Chris: Thank you! The best way to follow us is through our website, which links to all our social media sites. Bali and Western Australia were incredible experiences. Please check out our tour blog to see some of the amazing photos and videos taken by photographer Gene Kosoy. For those of you interested in seeing us live, we’re off to Europe for the summer, then to infinity and beyond!

If you’re a fan of Alma Desnuda, the band is currently raising cash, grassroots style, to support the production of their new album, “Riders.” Learn more about their 55K in 55 Days project.

Free Music Friday: Filligar

Together, three Chicago brothers and a lifelong friend are Filligar, a classic-rock-meets-modern-sound band we’re featuring as Timberland’s artist of the month for June.   Here’s half the band talking about the ways in which they’re making music and making a positive social and environmental impact:

You can get the free download of Filligar’s song “Wild Nature” on our music page.

Timberland Community Music: Exclusive Session with Alma Desnuda

You’ll never guess who Ramsey and I ran into while we were video blogging in San Francisco… Chris and Paul from December’s Timberland Community featured band Alma Desnuda! We had a chance to watch them play at the San Francisco store Grand Opening and chat about their eco-conscious efforts on tour. Check out this exclusive interview and clips from their performance:

And if you really dig their tunes, Alma Desnuda is currently raising cash, grassroots style, to support the production of their new album, “Riders.” Visit for more information. While you’re there you can get a free song download or make a pledge to get the album pre-released before it comes out to the masses!