Ways of Escape

by Great Lakes

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    "On the group's fourth long-player, lone founding member Ben Crum holds the reins, and his gentle delivery, lyricism, and obvious love of late-'60s and early-'70s country and folk-rock help make Ways of Escape the perfect late-summer road trip companion. All it takes is one run-through of the verse melody of the weepy, pedal steel-laden opener, “Rev War,” to set the table. From there, it depends on the listener's appetite for the Band, Gram Parsons, and Ian Matthews. Featuring backing by a small army of friends with severe indie rock credentials (Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Beirut, Elf Power, The War On Drugs, Ladybug Transistor, Mice Parade, and Japancakes), Crum’s sunset vignettes can be both intimate and sprawling, but rarely do they overstay their welcome." - James Christopher Monger, Allmusic.com

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released October 14, 2010

Ben Crum- lead vocals and all guitars
Suzanne Nienaber- vocals
Kevin Shea- drums (Storm and Stress, Talibam!)
David Lerner- bass (ex-Ted Leo and the Pharmacists)
Jay Israelson- piano (Mice Parade, Lansing-Dreiden)
Joe McgGinty- organ and electric piano (Psychedelic Furs, Ryan Adams)
Heather McIntosh- cello (Elf Power, Circulatory System)
Jon Natchez- bass clarinet, baritone and tenor saxophones (The War On Drugs, Herman Dune)
Phil Sterk- pedal steel



Great Lakes / Ben Crum / Loose Trucks Records Brooklyn, New York

Led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Ben Crum, Great Lakes has released 5 albums and a half dozen singles since the band formed in Athens, GA in 1996. Based in Brooklyn, NY since 2002, the band's latest record is called Wild Vision and is available Jan. 22, 2016 on Loose Trucks. ... more

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