Guest Author - Danielle Crowe
Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes is a band with an honest, yet audacious sound that defines their music. With a sense of timelessness and inspiration, they leave you wanting more with their distinctive voices and wonderful melodies.
Although the band members each originally came from separate parts of the USA, Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes now collectively call Nashville their home. The four musicians of the band include Joel (drums) from Wichita, KS; Marshall (bass guitar) from Columbus, OH; Timon (guitar) from Youngstown, OH; and Daniel (keyboard/guitar/vocals) from Minneapolis, MN.
DETGL released their debut, self-titled EP in 2009, which was produced, engineered, and mixed by Mike Odmark. The seven-song EP reached VH1ís Top 20 list Ė a well deserved placement as songs like Warm & Safe and Electric In Love created instant fan followings and positive reviews.
In 2010, they then released a second EP titled Brite Revolution Live Tracks and Exclusive Content. This was also produced, engineered and mixed by Mike Odmark, and the live tracks were recorded by Neal Dahlgren. The five songs on this EP were also very well received by fans. Some of the stand-out tracks, in my opinion, on this record are Tennessee Train, Edison Light, and Hieroglyphs. All three of these songs are great; Tennessee Train has a relatable aspect to it with a great melody, Edison Light is relatable and fun with a vintage vibe and Hieroglyphs has a great, catchy melody, and also has a fun, retro vibe.
Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes finally released their debut self-produced album, titled Civilized Man. It was released during May of 2011 and was recorded, engineered and mixed by Mark Nevers at Beech House in Nashville, TN. The stand-out song on the album is Bleeding Tongues, which has been very positively reviewed by critics and granted them a comparison to musical greats such as Jack White and M. Ward. Another great song on the album is Shoe Fits; the song is quirky, eclectic and has very catchy melodies.
If you were to ask my direct opinion, I would say that Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes are about to blast into musical stardom and continue to stick around for a very long time to come; Iíve already added them to my personal playlist and I canít wait to see what else theyíve got to show us.
For more information on Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes, visit their website at www.danielellsworthandthegreatlakes.com or check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Myspace.