Michigan Rattlers

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Michigan Rattlers appear to gearing up to releasing a follow up to 2018’s phenomenal Evergreen. Based on their first track, they are going to broaden their sound a bit; adding some horns to the mix. Here’s lead singer, Graham Young on the track.

“‘Desert Heat’ is a song about exploration. Geographical and mental” said the band’s frontman and primary songwriter Graham Young. “It’s about a midwestern kid moving west and attempting to figure out where he fits in such a vast and unknown landscape. It’s about the bigger picture. I think we can get so lost in the place that feels really dark and scary. And then there’s a moment or experience that sort of wakes you up and makes you realize and appreciate what you have and see it all for what it is rather than what it isn’t.”

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Michigan Rattlers aren’t breaking down any new ground. They kick out mid-tempo Americana, which in this day isn’t anything unique. The thing that makes them special are the vocals and songwriting of the boys. Graham Young’s vocals have a timeless feeling to them, like they were lifted from decades ago. Adam Reed’s harmonies provide the same affect that Andrew Bryant does with Water Liars. It gives the tunes a genuine feeling that you can’t fake; it has to come natural.

Since their EP. they’ve also added a third Rattler, in Christian Wilder. His deft piano playing adds another layer and element to the music. A track where Wilder really stands out is Late Night Cigarette Talks, with its honky-tonk piano intro. Wilder’s piano also really adds something on Didn’t You Know, with its bouncy riff, and on The Heat, which also features some tasty work on the acoustic by Young.

The boys grew up in a small town, Petoskey, on the coast of MI. Lovely place, for what its worth. That being said, this album feels like a portrait of growing up in such a place, where usually one or degrees can connect you to anybody in town. Baseball, Drinking Song and Sweet Diane paint such vivid pictures.

Been waiting for this one for a couple of years now and it has lived up to my high expectations.

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Michigan Rattlers – Graham Young (guitar), Adam Reed (upright bass), and Christian Wilder (piano) – landed on my radar in 2017 with a wonderful EP that really resonated with me. We took in a set during SXSW 2017 and came away even more impressed. The boys have just released a new track in anticipation of their debut LP later this year.

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Michigan Rattlers – EP (album review)

by Woody on February 20, 2017

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Photo by Shelby Goldstein

I don’t know know how I stumbled across Michigan Rattlers, but Lord am I grateful that I did. Consisting of Graham Young and Adam Reed, the duo are wonderful storytellers. The fact that those stories are told with some rocking Americana flavor is all the better.

Sweet Diane feels like an Isbell tune. The story of a widow finding new love is so simple in its premise but they just knock it out of the park. Illinois Sky is the story of a protagonist who leaves Illinois for the West Coast. Strain of Cancer, a song some from the perspective of a jilted ex has the lyrical quality of a Cooley tune,

My only complaint about the EP is that it is only five tunes. These guys are going to be down at SXSW and I can’t wait to see them live.

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