Last week for our CMJ 2012 preview series we featured Nashville based group Wild Cub, whose indie-pop sound doesn’t quite align with the conventional Music City scene. This week we turn our ears to fellow Nashvillians Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, whose jangling riffs and rockabilly influences are more what you would expect from a band reared in the heart of Tennessee. What is most intriguing about Ellsworth’s debut LP Civilized Man is that although tracks like “Hieroglyphs” and “Only One For Me” are country songs at their core, there are also cuts like “Shoe Fits” and “Surrender” that are more in the vein of Wild Cub’s melodious synth-driven rock. They have caught the attention of Paste Magazine as well as Amazon, who named “Shoe Fits” the #7 song of 2011 right alongside the likes of M83, Adele, Jay-Z and Ryan Adams.
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes are guaranteed to delight next week at CMJ so make sure to head over to Arlene’s Grocery on Thursday October 18 from 12-6pm to catch them at the Young Giant + Maimed & Tamed showcase. And while you try to contain your excitement for next week, check out Daniel Ellsworth’s intense video for “Bleeding Tongue.”