The Greatest of These are a 4-piece original band that have been active in the central Kentucky music scene for several years. Each of the band’s members originally hail from eastern Kentucky.
Todd Melton’s vocal style, clearly influenced by The Doors and Pearl Jam, forms a unique bond with the melodic and classic hard rock-influenced guitar riffs written by Steve Jones. Dustin Tennill and Trent Garrison form a rhythm section that is the perfect backdrop for these sounds, rooted in alternative rock as well as blues and jazz. Each member of the band brings a unique musical perspective, being influenced by different avenues of rock and roll. The common thread in The Greatest of These may very well be each member’s roots, planted in the eastern Kentucky mountains. Melton’s lyrical songwriting style lends evident references to the band’s hometowns, often writing about poverty and other social issues prevalent in those areas.
The Greatest of These recorded an EP in 2003, a full-length studio album in 2007, and are currently finishing their second album in early 2011.