Ever since I was a child, I have been enamored by the boundless blue water and thick north woods of Michigan. The striking combination of wooded land and freshwater seascapes has a rich history that is often overshadowed by the coastal cities and towns of North America. I have traveled around the country and always miss the north woods when away. The Great Lakes region has always felt like a secret undiscovered jewel to me.
Recorded intermittently over an eighteen-month period, this collection of songs explores the last four centuries in the Great Lakes Basin. The album digs into the history of the area; it celebrates it, and at times laments the historical stress within the region.
Yesteryear Western Darkness - September 3, 2013
Brandon and Bethany Foote assembled a team of Michigan's finest musicians for their sophomore release, Yesteryear Western Darkness. The ensemble focused album is brimming with electric guitars, Wurlitzer piano, pump organ, pedal steel and vibraphone. Throughout the record, Brandon's songs survey a wide gamut of historical themes and the ever-changing scenery of 21st century America.
Daytrotter Session (Sep 15, 2014 - Rock Island, IL)
Daytrotter has featured such artists as Wilco, Andrew Bird, Iron & Wine, as well as some of our dear Michigan friends including, Red Tail Ring, Nathan K and Breathe Owl Breathe. Illustration by Johnnie Cluney.
Pilot House (September 21, 2010)
In January 2010 Brandon and Bethany Foote entered Ann Arbor's Backseat Productions with a collection of newfangled songs and a close-knit crew of friends, including Seth Bernard (Seth & May) and Trevor Hobbs (Breathe Owl Breathe). After a long weekend, Gifts or Creatures compiled the core of what would become their debut album Pilot House.