Recorded in four days at Third Ward Studios in Milwaukee, with follow-up sessions in Chicago and Rockford, IL, Great Divide is an ambitious affair, moving effortlessly from soul to pop to funk, all tied together by songwriter/vocalist Teddy Grossman’s lyrical openness and his way with a hook.
The group expanded their sound, bringing in a bevy of talented Chicago musicians behind the scenes. Helping out: producers Dan McMahon and Darren Garvey, two multi-instrumentalists and recent collaborators with the likes of Cory Chisel. Also lending a hand: James Auwarter, (Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Rihanna, John Legend, etc.), who was brought in to engineer the record, as well as recruit some gospel singers from the Chicago’s South Side. The track “Fast Train” features up-and-coming Ann Arbor/Brooklyn musician Theo Katzman, and the final icing on the cake came from local brass-men dubbed, “HornBread,” part of an up and coming Chicago hip hop/soul/jazz band Sidewalk Chalk.
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