By the Tree was founded in Weatherford, Texas in 1997 by Chuck Dennie and Bala Boyd. As with most aspiring musical groups, By the Tree got their start playing a series of small venues - predominantly churches - throughout the southern and southwestern United States. Their near-constant touring cultivated a sizeable fan base. In 1999 they released two independent, self-produced CDs, which they sold at their concerts.
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By the Tree is a two-time Dove Award-winning contemporary Christian rock group.