Formed in 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes released their first full-length studio album, Civilized Man, in 2011. Recorded and co-produced with Mark Nevers (Andrew Bird, Yo La Tengo, Silver Jews), Civilized Man went on to be listed in the top 100 albums of 2011 by Amazon, with the pop-rock single "Shoe Fits" debuting at number seven on Amazons top 100 songs of 2011.
In 2014, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes was named one of the 15 Bands to Watch by Esquire Magazine. The band's sophomore album, Kid Tiger, recorded at Sputnik Sound by Vance Powell (Jack White, The White Stripes, The Raconteurs), was released in March that year.
March 11th, 2016 saw the release of their new EP, Bemidji. Written mostly at a small cabin in Bemidji, Minnesota, this EP is a companion piece to Kid Tiger of sorts. Also recorded by Vance Powell, Bemidji sets out to capture the same live energy and raw emotion found on that album. Of the EP, Consequence of Sound says: "...on their Bemidji EP, the four-piece is making it clear that fame can take all the sweet time it needs, because they're going to keep delivering the high-energy music they always have. If you don't dig it, then get the hell out of the way."
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes are currently back in the studio working on their new album, due out in 2017.