Ethan Sellers Band (ESB) began as an extension of the Sellers' solo
acoustic folk-rock performances, and quickly evolved into a creative force
in its own right. ESB's original music explores a potent mix of folk,
rock, reggae, country, blues, funk, Latin, and Celtic music.
The breadth of the styles covered by ESB's music may seem perplexing, but
Sellers and company view it as part of the great American musical
tradition of mixing cultures together.
Band leader Sellers' explains, "My dad grew up in New Orleans, a city
famous for its music - in large part because so many different cultures
each brought something to the mix. I think that aspect of family
tradition rubbed off in my music, and I try to bring that quality to my
music - that combination of different distinct elements into a sort of
musical gumbo... My primary goal is to move the audience's hearts, minds,
and behinds - all at once."
Indeed, Sellers' songs are aimed squarely at all three target areas, and
range from inventive takes on familiar topics such as loves lost,
whimsical character studies, and political and social broadsides about the
environment, corporate crime, human rights, and gentrification. ESB plays
songs that run the full gamut.
But, of course, none of that would matter if the band didn't make great
music, right? Right. Well it, does - and then some. ESB's rock-solid
driving rhythm section is topped off with inventive use of fiddle,
tasteful lead guitar, and multi-part vocal harmonies. Sellers' bandmates
in ESB are in-demand musicians Becky Rule (fiddle), Aaron Weistrop
(guitar), Nathan Britsch (bass), and Tom Lloyd (drums).
Aside from their energetic and fun original songs, ESB also puts its own
spin on songs by artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Van Morrison, Pearl
Jam, Neil Young, Phish, and many others. With such an array of
instrumentation and influences, there's a little something for everyone in
ESB has performed at venues including The House in DeKalb, Nevin's Live in
Evanston, and a variety of Chicago venues including Wise Fool's Pub,
Rhythm, Goose Island Brewpub, Bottom Lounge, and the Heartland Cafe. ESB
has also been featured on festival bills such as Around the Coyote and the
Lost Harvest Fest.
The band is currently working on tracks for its debut album, Empty
Steins and Stragglers.