Civilized Man (2011-2013)
In 2010, the band recorded their debut album Civilized Man, engineered and co-produced by Mark Nevers who has also worked with Will Oldham, Andrew Bird, Yo La Tengo and Lambchop. The album was recorded at Beech House Studios in Nashville, Tennessee in May 2011. This album includes a former member, Ricky Perry, on guitar. Perry left the band shortly after the release of the album.
Amazon MP3 named Civilized Man the number 76 album out of the top 100 albums of 2011. The online music retailer also named the band's single, "Shoe Fits," the number seven song of the 2011. In February 2012, Civilized Man charted on Billboard's Heatseeker's chart at position 18. Later that year, The Deli Magazine voted DE+TGL as Nashville's Best Emerging Artist of 2012.
Kid Tiger and Bemidji (2013-2016)
In May 2013, DE+TGL recorded their second full-length album at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, Tennessee. The album was recorded by Grammy Award winner Vance Powell, who has worked with Chris Stapleton, Kings of Leon, Jack White, and The White Stripes. While in studio, the band was featured in an article in Paste Magazine, including an interview and a write-up saying "There’s very little you can guarantee in life, but one of the surer bets is that Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes will make you dance." In anticipation of the Kid Tiger album, Esquire named DE+TGL one of their 15 Bands to Watch in 2014. Kid Tiger was released on March 4, 2014.