The 44 Territories are a Detroit-based band, who take their interpretation of Americana music – heartfelt lyricism, twangy guitars and evocative imagery – and marry it to a distinctly Detroit rhythm and drive.
The 44 Territories, consisting of Dan McKernan (guitar/vocals), Erik Pelto (drums), John ‘Wolf’ Abel (bass) and Josh Weddle (guitar), was formed in 2015 as the four collaborated on new material and realized the music they were creating was different than projects they had worked on in the past.
Individually, The 44 Territories come from a variety of backgrounds, each as varied as the guys themselves. McKernan and Pelto spent years playing in the alt-country Desolation Angels. Abel has played with artists as diverse as Tantric, Kenny Olsen, and is a member of Detroit soul artists The Infatuations. Weddle brings his southern rock and blues guitar from a variety of rock and gospel bands.
Last summer and fall, the band went into the acclaimed Rustbelt Studios to record their debut with Producer John Smerek (The Deadstring Brothers, Detroit Cobras, Kenny Tudrick). The resulting EP, Story, showcases songs full of twang and gusto, from the California-country infused "101"