The Elms were an American Rock And Roll band from Seymour, Indiana active from 2000-2010 under Sparrow/EMI Records and later Universal Records South. They were known for their breed of midwestern, rootsy rock, with the essence of the music of the 60's and 70's. Musically, the band has been compared by critics to The Black Crowes, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Cream for their blues-tinged, instrumentally sparse arrangements.
Musically, the band has been compared by critics to The Black Crowes, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Cream for their blues-tinged, instrumentally sparse arrangements. Lyrically, The Elms continue to gravitate towards writing songs revolving around observations of their small-town upbringing and the struggles facing many middle-Americans.
The Elms were known for their raucous, energetic live performances, and were for some time considered by many to be one of the top new live rock bands in America. The band's U.S. touring in 2006-2008 saw them perform with Goo Goo Dolls, Cracker, Shooter Jennings, Buddy Guy, Los Lonely Boys, Will Hoge, Gin Blossoms, and rock legend Peter Frampton among others.
On June 1, 2010, the band announced via their website that they were amicably parting ways after ten years together. They simultaneously released a digital-only boxed set of unreleased and live material called "STOPPIN' ON A DIME" to clear out the vaults and give fans a parting gift.
Band members are: Owen Thomas (vocals, guitar), Christopher D. Thomas (drums, vocals), Thomas Daugherty (guitar, vocals), and Nathan W. Bennett (bass guitar, vocals).