Tyler Dettloff is a musician and poet from the swampy Delirium Wilderness of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. His second LP, “Dynamite Honey: Northern Folk & Blues” released November 2020, by Lost Dog Records.
“These thirteen songs aim to confirm the folk traditions as true north as I can honestly represent. Anishinaabe handdrums accompany some blues riffs. The Ojibwe Flag Song makes its way into TAR SNAKE to help dismantle Enbridge’s Line 5 under the Mackinac Straits. My daughter’s Anishinaabemowin middle name, Minokami, is the genesis of the song GOOD EARTH – a song I sing to her everyday since she was an infant. And it’s true–debwe–thunder is in the good earth. Traditional teachings can confirm and so can science. Where else does thunder occur in the great expanse space? We really have something unique here on this good earth. Let’s try not to let it spoil.”
And his first chapbook of poems, “Belly-up Rosehip: a Tongue Blue with Mud Songs” released August 2019 through Swimming with Elephants Publications.
Tyler Dettloff is an Anishinaabe Métis, Italian, and Irish musician, poet, professor, gardener, and water protector. He currently lives in Gnoozhekaaning (Bay Mills, Michigan) and teaches College Composition at Lake Superior State University. He has earned a B.S. in English and a dual track M.A. in Literature and Pedagogy from Northern Michigan University.
He performs as a one-man-blues-band and likes the smell of a bog before a thunderstorm.