Black Daniels & the Bears Black Daniels and the Bears Columbia, MO Black Daniels and the Bears is an American rock band formed in the spring of 2010 in Kirksville, Missouri. Black Bear started as an acoustic folk band with founding members John Castles, Tyler Troutman, Blaine Daniels and Luke McDuff. Soon, after writing a handful of original tunes, the band found themselves searching for a bit more. Later that summer, Thad Daniels entered the band as the full time drummer. Not long after Thad joined, another new face emerged. Mike Tripp, bass player, found a home in the music of Black Bear. With the addition of a drummer and a new bass player, Black Bear took on a new sound entirely. Sticking to their roots of blues, folk, bluegrass and rock, the band wanted to keep the “old sound”, but put a modern twist on it.