Andy Rayborn: Treefort's Most Wanted

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Andy Rayborn kicked some serious sax at Treefort 2014. - PHOTO BY BEN SCHULTZ
  • photo by Ben Schultz
  • Andy Rayborn kicked some serious sax at Treefort 2014.

When Andy Rayborn sat down for an interview March 24 afterTreefort 2014, he was wearing two green artist wristbands from the festival. He explained that he’d received them from two different bands, whose members had assumed that he’d only be playing their sets.
It didn't turn out that way.

During the music festival, Rayborn played saxophone with 10 acts, including Finn Riggins (March 20), Magic Sword (March 21) and Built to Spill (March 23). The BTS set got particularly wild, Rayborn recalled, with the audience climbing onstage during one number.

“The [Built to Spill] song ended up going on for another 10 minutes or so,” Rayborn said. “And then [there was] an unrehearsed change of drummers. [The drummer] for the band that played before traded places with Steve [Gere] without dropping the groove at all and ended up finishing out the song.”

For Rayborn, a former member of local band Sun Blood Stories, playing with so many groups was business as usual, if a bit more intensive.

“I like to sit in with a lot of bands,” he said. “Crash sets, play with friends. We've got touring bands that come here regularly, and I’ll usually sit in with them. … So I figured, if that’s my thing, why not just go after it as hard as I can?”

One of Rayborn’s favorite moments of the festival came when he played with Sun Blood Stories at the Linen Building on March 21.

“Ben [Kirby] and I had this psychic, harmonic connection somehow,” Rayborn said. “He told me beforehand, ‘OK, this section is relatively made up. It’s not in a key, but if it were in a key, it would be in D.’ For some reason, every single note I played worked in that entire good minute that I was just making something up. We were just right there on the same page and kept going to the same places at the same time without exception. The chances of that happening are just impossible.”

Having lived in Boise off and on for eight years, Rayborn marveled not only at Treefort but the local scene overall.

“I hear so many travelling artists say that this isn't like other festivals,” he said. “Even working at The Crux, I get a lot of people coming in, saying, ‘This isn’t like other venues. This isn’t like other towns.’ There’s something right about the Boise scene. Good stuff’s happening. People like it.”