Michigan Rattlers

Michigan Rattlers

Lifelong friends and deep-north natives, musical group 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.

Currently, the group is hard at work recording their first full-length release. It is slated for release in the summer of 2018.

Jeff Mix and the Songhearts

Jeff Mix is a Las Vegas based Americana Singer Songwriter. Heavily influenced by the 1970′s Texas singer songwriters like Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson who were influenced by Dylan, who was influenced by Guthrie who in turn all influenced the next wave of artists like Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Todd Snider, Lyle Lovett and so on.

People who aren’t familiar with these artists will typically gravitate to the common, “Hey you remind me Dylan sentiment”. “That’s not a bad thing”, Mix says. “I try to write quality songs that are honest and close to true, but you can’t let the truth ruin a good story.”

Jeff wrote his first tune at the age of 9. Jeff says, ” So I recorded it on a cassette tape and gave it to a classmate. The next day he came to school and I said whatcha think of the song? The kid replied, ‘ I couldn’t understand all of the words.’ “I thought perfect, like a real song on the radio. I still remember all the words and my wife could even sing it to you. That’s a sign of a true hit.”

Mix grew up playing drums, just like his Dad. ” My Dad was a big influence on music for me. He gave my brother and I a stack of Beatles albums. We’d spend hours listening to those songs over and over. The first album I bought on my own was Kiss Destroyer. I went through the 80′s as a double bass heavy metal drummer and told my Dad Springsteen wasn’t cool because he smiles when he sings. My Dad replied, He’s smiling all the way to the bank.”

Like most teenagers, Mix came back around and picked up the guitar in his 20′s. ” I have never been a great guitar player. I can just do the basic chords and not a whole lot more, but there are really just 7 chords and ones in between right? I write songs and that’s all I need. It took a very long time to get the courage to play out, let alone sing in front of anyone. It has just been the last couple of years that I’ve even come to terms with my voice. That’s why when I get the,” you sound like Dylan” thing I’m wondering, do you mean that in a good way?”

The All-Togethers

One look at The All-Togethers and you positively know that they are not your average Las Vegas acoustic group. They harken back to the days of bathtub gin and their music recalls family evenings around the radio… almost.
They have that certain something that you can’t quite put your finger on, except you know you haven’t been here before. A mixture of Prohibition-era and modern songwriting puts you in a whirl, enjoying the ride the entire way.
Ken Osborne handles the fronting of the group. Drawing from his Virginia roots, it’s easy to hear the birth of Americana woven within his voice and songs..
Cindy Osborne is an exquisite miniature. This 5’2” lady tackles the upright bass with all the ferocity of a back alley brawl and never lets it stop her from performing a little soft-shoe all the while.
Michael Louis Austin brings the jazz to the hillbilly. He is a fleet-fingered fury of the six-string that keeps it together and shines through with brilliant voice when needed.
Brenna Luman-Glimp harmonizes from behind her cello. This beauty saws away with a delicate fervor, bringing an air of classical to the music of the hills.
Call them old-fashioned; call them unconventional; but the job gets done- and done well.

Paige Overton

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