D A R R E N   I S / W A S   W I T H:

Cameron McGill & What army

Daniel Rodriguez

Shook Twins

Daniel and the lion

elephant revival

sandra Bernhard

we dream dawn

Bonnie Paine

Andreas Kapsalis trio

miles Nielsen & The Rusted hearts

Cory chisel and the wandering sons

chicago farmer




Under A Common Ceiling


Thunder and snow




Miss Liberty


Heart Attack Sleeves



2018 Song Share playlist

Various Projects playlist


Date Event Location
Daniel Rodriguez Humbrews, Arcata, CA Humbrews, Arcata, CA
Daniel Rodriguez Revolution Hall, Portland, OR Revolution Hall, Portland, OR
Daniel Rodriguez The Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA The Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA
Daniel Rodriguez Top Hat, Missoula, MT Top Hat, Missoula, MT
Daniel Rodriguez Trinity Hot Springs, Featherville, ID Trinity Hot Springs, Featherville, ID
Arthur Lee Land Trio Trinity Hot Springs, Featherville, ID Trinity Hot Springs, Featherville, ID
Daniel Rodriguez State Room, Salt Lake City, UT State Room, Salt Lake City, UT
Darren Garvey Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House, Fort Collins, CO Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House, Fort Collins, CO
Daniel Rodriguez Furstworld, Joshua Tree, CA Furstworld, Joshua Tree, CA
Daniel Rodriguez Gold Diggers, Los Angeles, CA Gold Diggers, Los Angeles, CA
Daniel Rodriguez Harlow's, Sacramento, CA Harlow's, Sacramento, CA
Daniel Rodriguez HopMonk Tavern Novato, Novato, CA HopMonk Tavern Novato, Novato, CA
Daniel Rodriguez Cafe du Nord, San Francisco, CA Cafe du Nord, San Francisco, CA
Daniel Rodriguez The Dip, Redding, CA The Dip, Redding, CA
Daniel Rodriguez The Govenor's Cup, Salem, OR The Govenor's Cup, Salem, OR
Daniel Rodriguez The Olympic, Boise, ID The Olympic, Boise, ID
Daniel Rodriguez Alpine Playhouse, McCall, ID Alpine Playhouse, McCall, ID


As a seasoned drummer and percussionist out of Chicago with an obsession for writing and crafting songs, Darren Garvey continues to establish himself as a musical polymath, producer, and idiosyncratic songwriter with heavy-hearted lyrics and clever arrangements.  In his ambitious 2018 Song Share Darren posted 38 unreleased songs in just as many weeks.  With his band Elephant Revival exploring new paths on their hiatus he produced bandmate Daniel Rodriguez's debut solo EP Your Heart The Stars The Milky Way and cowrote the single Colorado which premiered on Colorado Public Radio.  Darren has recently been performing with Daniel Rodriguez, Shook Twins, and Bonnie Paine as well as backing up Danny Barnes (Bad Livers),  Courtney Hartman (Della Mae), Steve Poltz, and We Dream Dawn.

As a multi-instrumentalist Darren writes, arranges, produces, and performs virtually every instrument on his solo recordings.  In addition to his 2010 debut Under A Common Ceiling and the 2018 release Heart Attack Sleeves Darren produces records for select bands and has released dozens of compositions as the Music Director for a Chicago commercial music house.  Some of this output was released under the moniker Thunder and Snow where Darren has reached 650,000+ streams on Spotify. No stranger to the recording studio Darren appears on 200+ records and has worked on a dozen films including Black Gold, a documentary about the coffee trade that premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival where it convinced Starbucks to change their Fair Trade practices as well as the 2011 Academy Award winning documentary Undefeated.  Upon hearing his production on Daniel and the Lion's album Death Head Adam Duritz invited Darren and the band out on tour with Counting Crows in 2014.

Born in Milwaukee in the late-70s Darren was raised outside of Chicago where he played piano and guitar from an early age and led a handful of bands.  After high school his band won VH1's Best Unsigned Band competition and opened for John Fogerty at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Gravitating towards the drums in the mid-90s, Darren studied with Glenn Kotche (Wilco) whose musicality and percussive approach to the trap set inspired Darren to further his education.  While attending The University of Illinois he formed an experimental jazz/funk/bluegrass project with Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers) and ultimately earned a degree in Percussion Performance and Jazz Studies.

Darren has been on tour for two decades with performances at venues such as the Ryman Auditorium, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Hearst Greek Theatre, and Germany's Rockpalast.  Some unique stints include his role as the house drummer at Marc Smith's world renowned Green Mill Poetry Slam the birthplace of slam poetry; drums with comedienne Sandra Bernhard on Feel the Bernhard, Sandra Bernhard is #blessed, Sandyland, and I Love Being Me, Don’t You?; and live photoplay experiments across the country with Andreas Kapsalis Trio who were commissioned by Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, and University of Massachusetts Lowell to perform both preconceived and improvised soundtracks to a variety of classic silent films in front of a live audience.

Darren Garvey is a member of Colorado's transcendental folk darlings Elephant Revival and lives with his wife and two daughters in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.  Much of Darren's legacy can be found in the huge fingerprint that he left on the Midwest independent music scene with bands like Cameron McGill & What Army, Andreas Kapsalis Trio, Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts, Daniel and the Lion, Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons, Like PioneersErnie HendricksonChicago Farmer, and Paper Arrows among others.


Selected Discography

Algernon  Charlie Changed His Mind
Andreas Kapsalis Trio  Original Scores / Self-titled / Bubblegum Enlightenment
Buddy Nuisance  Messy Lives of All Shapes and Sizes
Cameron McGill & What Army  Is A Beast / Madeline Every Girl / Deserters /  Two Hits and A Miss / Warm Songs For Cold Shoulders
Canyon Spells  Now That We're Gone
Chicago Farmer  Midwest Side Stories / Backenforth, IL
Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons  Minnesota Beatle Project Vol 2
Daniel and the Lion  East / Borrowed Air / Death Head / Sweet Teeth
Daniel Rodriguez  Your Heart, The Stars, The Milky Way / Colorado
Darren Garvey  Heart Attack Sleeves / Miss Liberty / Under A Common Ceiling
Dickie  Dickie
Ernie Hendrickson  Down The Road
Head for the Hills  Say Your Mind
Highscraper  No Better No Better
Jonny Miller  ...coming soon
Kelly Steward  ...coming soon

L'Altra  Telepathic / Favorite Flavor
Like Pioneers  Piecemeal / English Garden
Mackenzie Page  ...coming soon
Mike Maimone 
Open Mic Nights, Empty Bottle Mornings
Miles Nielsen and The Rusted Hearts  OHBAHOY / Heavy Metal / Presents The Rusted Hearts
Paper Arrows  Good News For Love / Days of Getting By / In The Morning  / Things We Would Rather Lose  / Look Alive
Ro Myra  ...coming soon
Same Waves 
Algorithm of Desire
The Heartstrings Project  The Line
Thunder and Snow  Solve
Todd Kessler and The New Folk  Sea Fever
W.W. Lowman  Plain Songs



Out of the ashes of Elephant Revival, comes the first solo release from any of the members...from the Bon Iver-esque presentation of First of the Year to the soft finger-picking of The Reason, to the dark, industrial synth of Detour Garvey puts forth a diverse and raw collection of highly personal tracks...and finally places his art out in front.
     -Brian F. Johnson  Marquee Magazine

He's one of my favorite percussionists!  His ability to play with a band acoustically and just invent, use a million percussion instruments to recreate a drum sound in an acoustic setting; he's an absolute artist with that...I love his percussion, but I love Darren's harmonies.  He's such a good harmony singer as well, just really complimentary.
     -Adam Duritz  Counting Crows

Darren is one of the best drummers I've ever worked with.  He comes prepared and focused and always delivers.  He is a multi-instrumentalist that can add depth and understanding to your music.  A major asset to the production of any record.
     -Manny Sanchez  Umphrey's McGee, Patrick Stump, Zwan

I remember really being blown away by the Nervous Center show...I think Darren’s playing was fantastic on that – real imaginative and musical.
     -Glenn Kotche  Wilco

I've played the entire EP Your Heart The Stars The Milky Way every day since...It's just got something that you want to hear again, something healing and good at its core...Do yourself a favor and play the whole EP, and do that again.  And again.
     -Wesley Schultz  The Lumineers

Fortunately for us, it didn’t take us too long to find Darren, and as you will see when you hear us play, the brother is in the pocket.
     -Paul Murin  DeadPhish Orchestra, Phix, Ralph's Kind

The parts are extremely precise, Darren is moving back and forth from instrument to instrument at the right time in complex time signatures and different feels.
     -Steve Edwards  NPR - Eight-Forty-Eight

Garvey is a life-long musician who studied jazz and percussion…and has been touring with bands since the late 90s.  He is a producer, a father, and plays a myriad of instruments.  He is inspired by his deep-rooted passion for music and the challenges of life.  Those experiences shape his songwriting.
     -Cynthia Wilson  Scene Magazine

Our very own, the incomparable Darren Garvey, opened the show last night playing a solo set and proceeded to blow everyone away.  Luckily he’s on our side!  ...Darren's drumming reputation preceded him.  It is no wonder, now that I know him.  His feel and timing are effortless.  Not to mention, he always plays for the betterment of the song.
     -Cameron McGill  What Army,Margot & The Nuclear So and So's

Ooh and ahh to the finest percussionist!
     -Peggy Mathies  Taos Inn Adobe Bar

Darren is the most talented musician I've ever worked with. The fact that he plays almost every instrument and plays them well is so valuable to our company (and humbling to see as a fellow musician)...Those things, coupled with the fact that he is a really solid guy (hard working, reliable, modest, detail oriented, easy to work with, etc etc) made it a no brainer to ask him to be our Music Director.  I feel super lucky to have him in our orbit, and can't recommend him highly enough.
     -Josh Kahle  I.V. Lab Studios, VTL Music

Garvey is a bundle of creativity and passion packaged in a relaxed, soft spoken exterior...he is not a prisoner of old formulas.  His music expresses helplessness and vulnerability.  It is dark and introspective, while managing at the same time to express optimism.
     -Hank Perritt  Indie Music Chicago

Darren is a rare breed of musician in today's world.  His ability to arrange a song and his attention to every detail within the arrangement makes such an impact on any song he is tasked with writing...Not only is Darren a powerhouse of a songwriter, he is also one of the easiest people with which I've had the pleasure of working.  He never lets his ego stand in the way of the ultimate goal/outcome of a particular song and is always focused on turning out the best composition or song...I couldn't be happier to be working with Darren.
     -Jeff Leibovich  Vintage King, River North Records

Now when I play [cello] live, there's a solid drummer with us.  Darren plays a stripped down set and he's really sensitive to our dynamics, which is rare in a drummer...The best thing about playing with him is understanding.  I know where he is going...It's very natural to play with him.  He has a great groove and an open heart.
     -Bonnie Paine  Elephant Revival

On the new EP Say Your Mind, we have Darren Garvey from Elephant Revival recording with us on drums and percussion.  He's an incredible musician.  We try to bring the best that we can to our sound. 
     -Matt Loewen  Head for the Hills

He's just the best drummer I've heard in a long time.  He's a real creative, very creative person.
     -Shabda Noor  Stan Kenton, University of Illinois Jazz Director 

Darren Garvey got on a plane [for Rockpalast Germany] with a day's notice back in March and he learned all of our songs!  We didn't sleep for three days, we explored the Reeperbahn, the Dom in Cologne, East Berlin and an Irish karaoke bar...three of my favorite days this year!
     -Adriel Denae  Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons

Every time we come to Chicago, we go see an awesome show, and Darren's always a part of it...We would like to assume that [he] plays in every good band in Chicago.
     -Mike Maimone  The Mutts, Company of Thieves

He's a frightening, worldly, musical power-genius, and I'm sure he's got some stories for you.
     -Packy Lundholm  I Fight Dragons

I convinced the other members of Elephant Revival to add Darren to the band and in that process he ended up moving here...Colorado gained one of the best musicians and producers out there.
     -Daniel Rodriguez  Elephant Revival

The layered tones and collisions of sounds infuse Under A Common Ceiling with a satisfying richness. Quirky, upbeat pop tunes show Garvey’s deft arranging skills and his knack for writing gently energetic numbers.
     -Patrick Conlan  Illinois Entertainer 

Multi-percussionist Darren Garvey is known to pick up rather scary looking yet ear pleasing metallic instruments you have never seen before..nothing short of mesmerizing.
     -Sharyn Goldyn  The Windish Agency

Darren Garvey, has a freaking cello bow or something, and he draws it over the rim of his big cymbal, which he then sets wobbling in cosmic song...and shakers — how can you be brilliant at playing a shaker?  But there’s this one round cheese-grater doodad, I swear Darren gets it talking, chattering in Hindi…watching Darren picking up and putting down this and that — I’ve only mentioned about a tenth of what he deploys, he’s laying out great counter-rhythms with a shaker in each hand, banging one of them on the Chinese cymbal, leaning out to ding the triangle and then stroking a bow around the ocean harp. 
     -Candace McNulty  Read It News Magazine

I was captivated by...Darren Garvey's almost schizophrenic ability on a multitude of instruments.
     -Theresa Carter  The Local Tourist

Our drummer Darren plays just about any instrument you put in front of him, which is very helpful in the studio.
     -Joe Goodkin  Paper Arrows

Deftly mixing jazz, folk, chamber pop, indie rock, and world music, Under A Common Ceiling is refreshingly varied in its restless, border-crossing musicality...A drummer by trade, Garvey is adept at incorporating sly grooves and rhythmic counterpoints into his songs, without distracting from melodic and chordal variations.  It’s seriously interesting and engaging music that never imitates, but sometimes calls to mind similarly restless artists as Andrew Bird or Kaki King. This is good, good stuff.
     -CD Baby  Editor's Pick

[Darren's] percussion style is as unique as that of Kapsalis's approach to guitar.  [He] pushes the boundaries of percussion to the limit- and sometimes further- by using unorthodox playing techniques in combination with traditional percussion instruments, such as a cello bow on the cymbals.
     -Jazz Novo  Review

Throughout Paper Arrows' existence, their songs have sounded like an identity crisis set to music.  The band struggled to determine its niche: plucky indie rock or hearty Americana roots music.  Finally, it seems they've settled.  The twang on Good News For Love is more defined, the tempo slowed and the songs are warmer and more full-bodied.
     -Katie Karpowicz  CHICAGOIST

Anyone who reads The Marquee regularly has listened to me drone on and on about Cameron McGill & What Army.  I've compared McGill's songwriting to the greats and I've called What Army as crucial as The Cardinals...McGill and What Army have spent a ton of time on the road in recent years, and that time together has allowed them to find their strengths and truly focus on them.  Is A Beast is a blast, from the Morrissey-esque "I Don't Believe In Magic" to the A.M. Gold-like saunter of "Counterfeit."
     -Brian F. Johnson  Marquee Magazine




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00 TITLE - Artist //  Darren

01 COLORADO - Daniel Rodriguez //  Writer, producer, instrumentalist, vocalist 
02 MOVIE ABOUT YOUR LIFE - AM Taxi //  Instrumentalist
03 ON BERLIN - Daniel and the Lion //  Producer, instrumentalist 
04 BAD MIXED UP WOMAN - Ernie Hendrickson feat. Howard Levy //  Instrumentalist 
05 HEAVY METAL - Miles Nielsen and The Rusted Hearts //  Instrumentalist 
06 QUIET AS A MOUSE - Darren Garvey //  Writer, producer, instrumentalist, vocalist 
07 THE COUNTING SONG - Paper Arrows //  Producer, instrumentalist, vocalist 
08 BACKENFORTH - Chicago Farmer //  Instrumentalist, vocalist 
09 MISS LIBERTY - Darren Garvey //  Writer, producer, instrumentalist, vocalist 
10 MICHELANGELO'S BLUE PERIOD - Cameron McGill & What Army //  Producer, instrumentalist 
11 STEAL THE NIGHT AWAY - Daniel Rodriguez //  Producer, instrumentalist, vocalist 
12 FIXED GEAR - Darren Garvey //  Writer, producer, instrumentalist 
13 FLY IN A JAR - Buddy Nuisance //  Producer, instrumentalist 
14 BETTER OFF - Thunder and Snow feat. Adriel Denae //  Writer, producer, instrumentalist, vocalist 
15 MAGIC - Canyon Spells //  Instrumentalist 
16 PLAN - Darren Garvey //  Writer, producer, instrumentalist 
17 DOPPELGANGER - Andreas Kapsalis Trio //  Producer, instrumentalist 
18 EXIT ROW - Like Pioneers //  Instrumentalist 
19 WHY WE WORK - Paper Arrows //  Producer, Instrumentalist, vocalist
20 NOTHING CAN TEAR IT APART - L'Altra //  Instrumentalist 
21 WAY BACK MACHINE - Darren Garvey //  Writer, producer, instrumentalist, vocalist 
22 WHATCHA GONNA DO - Highscraper //  Writer, producer, instrumentalist, vocalist 
23 HOUDINI - Cameron McGill & What Army //  Producer, instrumentalist 
24 HEART ATTACK SLEEVES - Darren Garvey //  Writer, producer, instrumentalist, vocalist 
25 PING JUPITER - Algernon //  Instrumentalist 
26 WINTER IS FOR HAPPY PEOPLE - Buddy Nuisance //  Producer, instrumentalist 
27 FIXING A HOLE - Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons //  Instrumentalist 
28 NEVER WANNA LET YOU GO - Darren Garvey //  Writer, producer, instrumentalist, vocalist 
29 FIRST SIP - The New Folk //  Instrumentalist 
30 NOT WAITIN' AROUND - Mike Maimone //  Instrumentalist 
31 MONEY OR LAND - Darren Garvey //  Writer, producer, instrumentalist 
32 TALLER, WISER - Buddy Nuisance //  Producer, instrumentalist 
33 BATIE - W.W. Lowman //  Instrumentalist 
34 COME HOME - Paper Arrows //  Instrumentalist 
35 THE REVOLVING DOOR - Chicago Farmer //  Instrumentalist 
36 MISLEADING - Darren Garvey //   Writer, producer, instrumentalist, vocalist 
37 LEGACY - Highscraper //  Writer, producer, instrumentalist 
38 UNSUNG OVERTURE - Darren Garvey //  Writer, producer, pianist
39 SOMEONE IN ANOTHER LIFE (Schizo Blues) - Cameron McGill & What Army //  Producer, instrumentalist, vocalist 
40 FIRST OF THE YEAR - Darren Garvey //  Writer, producer, instrumentalist, vocalist 
41 TEAKETTLES NO. 1 - Like Pioneers //  Arranger, instrumentalist 
42 STRANGERS TO FELLINI - Andreas Kapsalis Trio //  Producer, instrumentalist 
43 COMMON CEILING - Darren Garvey //  Writer, producer, instrumentalist 
44 INDUSTRY - Darren Garvey //  Writer, producer, instrumentalist