With the release of their 5-song EP, the Dakota Brown Band is finally off the ground after a year since their inception. June 11th, 2011 marked the release date of their EP, titled "Find Your Way". The album is not what you might expect for a debut self release from four young, small town guys. The EP boasts a strong structure, start to finish, with crafty song writing, beautiful melodies, and outstanding musicality from the entire band.
Brown, 22 years of age, undoubtably has a gift for singing. But it wasn't until after a major car accident where Brown discovered his love for singing. "Something just clicked after that", Brown states, "It was like I suddenly knew that singing was what I was meant to do". Already playing guitar prior to the accident, the wreck forced him to relearn guitar, left-handed, after suffering severe injuries to one hand. Help later arrived when Brown teamed up local guitarist, Luke Basile. The two formed a duo and went on to writing and performing in their small hometown of Pendleton, OR. After extensive duo work, the time came to assemble the band. Brown and Basile, both music students at the local college, decided to have fellow student and bassist Mike Kellison to join the group. Kellison brought forth a creative mixture to the band and provided thoughtful bass tracks to the album. From there, Trent Shuey played drums to the album. Shuey was unable to join the group due to a different schooling location, but was still able to add his part for the album. Kyle Pickard currently takes the place of the live drummer for the group. The group is hard at work at performing shows throughout Eastern Oregon and parts of Washington. They are currently writing and have plans of releasing a full length CD by late summer of 2012.
"Find Your Way" can be found on iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon.