About Elk Walking

"Singer-songwriter dynamic duo fronted band with energetic acoustic driven songs and powerful lyrics and harmonies."

Born and raised on the north side of Chicago in Rogers Park, Savanna Dickhut discovered her passion for music at an early age. She’s always had a love for performing and writing, so when she was given her first guitar at 14 for her eighth grade graduation present she was finally able to put the two talents together. Drawing influence from 60’s and 70’s artists such as Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel and James Taylor as well as a few more contemporary acts like Natalie Merchant, Sheryl Crow, Joan Osborne and Shawn Colvin. Savanna has been developing her unique approach to songwriting and musicianship for almost eight years now. Taking a break from her solo act to focus on the development of Elk Walking with Julian Daniell, she is just as passionate about the new band as she is about her solo work. “I’ve been curating my work for some time now, and its always just been about me and my experiences. Working with Julian has opened up creative sides of me that I didn’t know I had. I think we both have our strengths and balance each other out in certain ways.” More driven then she has ever been, Savanna is ready to take her career to the next level with Julian Daniell and the rest of the band by her side.

Julian Daniell was born in Boulder, Colorado. He grew up always creative and divergent, and a troublemaker because of that. He picked up playing music when he had entered the beginning of full teenage rebellion, rebellion against his parents and any authority figure in his life. Music had become an outlet for creativity and self-expression. He picked up the drums in 8th grade and played through adolescence and then picked up the guitar additionally in his senior year of high school. By first year of college Julian had taken to writing poems and songs in an obsessive way, and it only multiplied in the next two years. Julian had found himself in many circles of music groups and poured himself into musical endeavors one by one hoping and banking on musical success, as he could not find it in himself to find value in pursuing anything else. Julian met Savanna Dickhut in his senior year at Columbia College and it was a strange cosmic occurrence. He saw she was a talented singer-songwriter with many of the same flavors and nuances but held influences and strengths in places that complimented his own, and so the two became a band. Influenced by many renown rock & roll, blues, and soul musicians of the 50s 60s and 70s such as Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Muddy Waters, Miles Davis, and The White Stripes, Julian and Savanna became like yin and yang, a perfect balance of two worlds but unified in sound.