“As its band name implies, Great Divide evokes memories of the classic Americana of The Band, whose "Across the Great Divide" remains one of the greatest rock and roll songs to paint a picture of an era not just bygone but quite possibly that never was. The romanticism in the instrumentation of this Chicago-based band makes Great Divide an authentic heir to the bands the members love. "Moorie" - with its legitimate horn section, juke-joint piano, soulful lead vocal, and period-correct backing vocals, featuring gospel singers from Chicago's south side - sounds like a tune that fell off the second side of Van Morrison's Moondance. This self-titled second album builds off the lessons of the group's 2010 debut, Reservoir.........”
“1. Great Divide (1:30pm, Sunday, Groupon Stage): Great Divide is a great throwback rock band that mixes in just the right amount of blues and funk to make sure you never stop dancing throughout their entire set. A band comprised primarily of University of Michigan alums will give you the energy you need come Sunday afternoon and will also be able to help you with your math homework. If you graduated from U of M in the past few years, you probably need no introduction to this band. In fact, you probably owe them a thank you for making your school feel a little more like Arizona State whenever they hit the stage. After tearing the roof off of House of Blues in June at Halfway to Chicago Blue Grass and Blues Festivals, these guys are ready to bring their talents to Summer's Last Stand. Frontman Teddy Grossman, does a great job at getting the crowd on their feet and drawing young, hot girls closer to the stage. Sorta like a Dave Matthews that you don't want to punch in the face.”
"They are a rock n roll band at their core but they fold in so many nuances from other genres that labeling a pure rock band is missing something crucial. One song would have a splash of reggae, the next would be a hard-driving blues foot-stomper, then they would slow it down and ease into some heartfelt soul-rock. They kept bringing new flavors of sound at every turn, with the one unifying thread being the stellar voice and lyrics from Teddy Grossman. All of his energy came pouring out on stage and really helped elevate the impact of the music; the sound just seemed to jump off the stage a little higher & farther. But the vocals didn't dominate, they were but the cherry on top of many outstanding instrumental compositions. It was yet another great set from Great Divide and the crowd size reflected the performance: it was now nicely packed but not uncomfortable at all. Perfect."
"Great Divide has such a classic sound and a perfectly tight group of musicians. Their performances are epic, with long sets that flow nicely and always keep the audience engaged."
"It could have only been two minutes into “Freedom Bell” that I fell in love with their contagious lyrics and heavy handed piano, and the crowd seemed to agree...Great Divide’s funky, blues vibe continued as Teddy worked the crowd, I found it impossible to stand still as the soulful riffs kept me moving the entire time. The band became more than just the music they produced, Great Divide was a pleasure just to watch. It was obvious that these guys loved what they were doing and that is what made watching so exciting."
"Powerful vocals rocked us throughout, from the soul-infused Great Divide and The O’Mys to the emerging favorite Daphne Willis and always-wild Grace Potter. Great Divide was a band I heard about prior to the fest, but never could imagine just how tight and well-focused this group of talented instrumentalist could be. We’re talking erupting vocals, horns, a cool man tickling the ivory keys and steady rhythms that kept the crowd moving! We were even lucky enough to get “Tell Mama,” an Etta James cover. I could spend more time on this band, but I will let me brief words stand as a testament to the power within the Great Divide. (Here is their set list, by the way: Shine, Hear My Train, Ain’t No Roads, Waiting, Tell Mama, Step Back, Freedom Bell, Follow Me Down)"
“On their debut album Reservoir, Great Divide issues a strong set of tunes steeped in American roots music, but nonetheless entirely modern in presentation. Inspired by the past but not indebted, the band filters this cocktail of blues, soul, and traditional rock - with nods to country, funk, and even reggae - through a contemporary rock and pop lens that makes the music entirely their own. ...The result is the vibe of a tight jam-band with traditional song structures instead of extended jams. For an album containing an ode to the last publicly executed man in the United States, Reservoir is a surprisingly upbeat affair. In fact, I doubt Teddy Grossman and company could sound sullen if they tried. Even at its most serious, Reservoir sounds like the band is smiling through the entire set. It's hard not to smile along with them. ”
“The Great Divide is a roots rock band that sounds a lot like New Monsoon with a brass and woodwinds section. Founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the members share a wide variety of influences, including funk, country, blues, reggae and rock. Their debut full length Reservoir is an aptly titled collection of songs showing all those genres, messing them up and lcoking back inot the groove - and all of it is delivered with confidence. Vocalist and songwriter Teddy Grossman has enough power to float on top of the heavy instrumentation, with the gentle touch of keyboardist Jeff Leibovich serving as a the musical quarterback ”
"The Great Divide from Ann Arbor, MI was the most jazz influenced of the three, setting the tone for the night, with tight, soulful horns, keys and a great jazz guitar/bass combo. I presume the sophisticated talent of this band is the result of formal musical training."
“Great Divide, originally from Ann Arbor, MI, is a seven-piece band with two guitarists, drums, keyboards, bass and horns. Much like the festival itself, they are greatly influenced by the traditional roots of rock n roll, blues, country, funk and soul. ”
“Great voices carry with them the ability to catch all, to captivate an audience, and to invite them in. So too does a full accent, in this case manifested by an extremely talented and deep accompanying band complete with keys, a soulful horn section, funky lead guitar, drums, and bass. You’ve got to appreciate a band that can bring it all together. The pure fact of coordinating so many personalities on stage, reflects in my eyes a maturity of the sorts that seasoned veterans possess. Great Divide is the type of band that brings together multiple layers that tingle the eardrum, beating it with pleasantries, on the brink of bridging the great divide between musician and the audiences’ great musical experience. The only unfortunate thing about the morning show was the brevity of the engagement. It was short lived but left a taste that beckoned more.”
“One of the best thing a band could ask from their studio work is that is makes you want to see them live, and Great Divide's self-titled EP does just that. Listening to their brand of rock, which is somewhere in between the Band and the Black Crowes, really makes me wish I was seeing them in a bar with a beer in hand. Evoking such emotions is never a bad thing. This EP came at the perfect time as well. As the weather warms, Great Divide is excellent for listening to with the windows rolled down. Personally, my favorite track is "Get Down." With an ambitious title like that, it kind of has to be good. Throughout the EP, the horns kept my head bopping as the voice of Teddy Grossman, with it's soul, blues and rock undertones, bring the songs to life. Joey Gaon's guitar wails all the way through, and the keys of Jeff Leibovich really round out the sound. Be sure to check out the EP, and the band when they come to a town near you. You won't be able to resist.”