Carmichaelâ€™s founding members and primary songwriters are Eric Carmichael and Nick Christie. Hailing from a small suburb in a land-locked world of car dealerships, high school basketball games, and empty lots, Eric and Nick sowed the seeds of what they call the â€œMarion Sound.â€ It was fresh yet familiar; steeped in rich and harmonious melody, shimmery spring reverb, stereo classic-rock vibe, some move and some groove, and the occasional dual guitar solo for pomp and flare. When Costin Ritter joined, the pair was gifted the rhythmic stylings of Ringo Starr and Levon Helm, kindly flavored with a pinch of Latin and Bossa Nova when applicable or feeling spicy. With the addition of Jamie Mahanâ€™s country space-rock swirling, soul-exorcizing palm-slides, and Jeff Lynne-like synthesizer super-swells, Carmichael evolved into its purest and finest form. The â€œMarion Soundâ€ is the sonic medium for the bandâ€™s evocative lyrics, which offer a deeper region of examination and reflection for Carmichaelâ€™s listeners.