Tri-State Area began in the summer of 2002 in Bar Harbor, Maine, where Michael O'Neill and Leidy Churchman started this group in their summer garage. They were a small town queer cover band/gay love performance act. Songs were recreated on the drum machine and acoustic guitar while the lyrics were read off a page. The group moved to Chicago and played Texas Ballroom and benefits for Howard Brown. They have also appeared on artforum.com and performed at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.
"Against the Wind", I Like It, 2003
Tri-State Area's final collaboration was a cover of Belle and Sebastian's "Stars of Track and Field", which was included in the soundtrack of A.L Steiner and AK Burns' film "Community Action Center".
"Stars of Track and Field", Community Action Center, 2010