En trio med rötterna i lilla Petoskey i Michigan där de, inspirerade av band/artister som AC/DC, Creedence och Bob Seger, utvecklade sin musik genom att spela var och varannan kväll på de lokala barerna. Men det är svårt att bygga en karriär i en trakt där det finns fler hjortar än människor och så småningom omlokaliserade Michigan Rattlers sig till Los Angeles. 2016 kom en första EP, året därpå ytterligare en och förra året kom så äntligen hyllade debutalbumet "Evergreen".
Lifelong friends and deep-north natives, Michigan Rattlers play heavy-hearted folk-rock with an aching dose of Midwestern nice. Graham Young (guitar), Adam Reed (upright bass), and Christian Wilder (piano) began writing music and performing together in their Northern Michigan high school.
"Petoskey is a small place. Beautiful, but secluded. It's hard to start a musical career in a place where there are more deer than people."
Still, they regularly played every bar, cafe, and stage in town, developing a musical chemistry informed by the likes of AC/DC, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Seger, and more.
After a few years apart, Reed and Young settled down in Los Angeles, recorded a short demo, and began playing locally. The demo found its way into the hands of super-producer Johnny K (Plain White T's, 3 Doors Down), and they cut the bulk of their first EP at NRG Studios in just one day.
"My favorite music is recorded that way," continues Reed. "You get in a room, plug in, and cut songs live. The energy of the recording comes directly from the physical performance, and it puts the listener into that specific time and place."
This self-titled Michigan Rattlers EP attracted glowing reviews from No Depression, Bluegrass Situation, B3 Science, and Rolling Stone, who named the band one of their "Ten New Country Artists You Need To Know" in 2016. They spent the rest of that year and much of the next touring in support of this release.
In September 2017, Pianist Christian Wilder was added to the band's lineup. Now a trio, the group headed into the studio to record their newest EP, Wasting the Meaning. Comprised of three cover songs, the project was conceived as a way to explore deeper into the recording process and pay homage to some of their favorite songwriters.
"FOR FANS OF: WHISKEYTOWN-ERA RYAN ADAMS, EARLY WILCO, THE ACOUSTIC SIDE OF RHETT MILLER AND THE OLD 97'S."Av Rolling Stone
"THE DEBUT FROM THIS AMERICANA DUO POPS WITH URGENCY AND CONFESSIONAL INTIMACY. YOUNG SHARES CONFIDENCES THROUGH HIS LYRICS AND THE EXCEPTIONALLY MOVING TONE OF HIS VOICE. RECOMMENDED IF YOU LIKE: RYAN ADAMS, JEFF TWEEDY, TOM PETTY, STEVE EARLE, GIN BLOSSOMS."Av No Depression