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Chris Rattie

“Chris Rattie’s debut album All These Things can’t simply be categorized as Americana, Rock n Roll, or Country. There’s a different kind of tension in the songs, a different kind of soul. It is the sound of coal dust and the fog of breath in winter. “ -- Tim Shock, Prava Studio

Born and raised in Northeastern PA, Chris began playing music initially as a drummer, he learned his craft on Friday and Saturday nights in the hard nosed, coal region pubs scattered throughout once vibrant towns, abandoned anthracite breakers haunting their outskirts. The bar stools were mostly occupied by tough, working class people, known for their blunt honesty but good intent. It’s that “hardness with a big heart” attitude that Chris would later carry into his songwriting. His teens and early 20’s were spent playing alongside his father and older brother, traveling with other regional acts, culminating with a stint drumming for Vince Welnick of The Tubes and The Grateful Dead. In the early 2000’s, Chris transitioned to writing and joined The Rustlanders, as a drummer and contributing songwriter. The Rustlanders released their self titled debut album in 2007 and toured nationally with grammy award winning artist Ryan Bingham for two years. The band’s second album, recorded in LA’s famed East West Studios produced by Don Was, remains unreleased. Unable to reconcile a management contract, The Rustlanders broke up beneath financial and internal strain. In the wake of this disappointment came a collaboration with cult favorite and critically acclaimed band, Marah. This new, folkier version of Marah with Chris contributing drums, guitar, and vocals, released Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania, recorded in an old church turned analog studio. Rolling Stone magazine listed the new line up in it’s “20 Best” of Nashville’s Americana 2014 Music Fest calling it their best “You can’t believe your eyes moment”. Months of strenuous touring ended with playing Spain’s prestigious Azkena Rock Festival. Upon returning home, eager to break from his role of sideman, Chris began focusing on songwriting and putting his own band together. After helping to establish a small, independent recording studio, Chris began recording, producing and engineering his debut solo album. Wrought with truth and soul, All These Things was released in late 2013. Well received, The Pittsburgh City Paper asserts the album is “...full of idiosyncratic melodies and catchy, unexpected hooks.”, drawing comparisons with Ryan Adams, Steve Earle, Dire Straits, and White Album era Beatles. Fronting a brand new band, Chris began promoting All These Things with a live show that quickly became notorious for its raucous, cathartic energy. Currently Chris and his band are working to release their follow up album, Porch. Recorded with a more live and collaborative approach than All These Things, the new album is a step forward and presents a collective sound with a fresh perspective. In a 2015 interview with critic Frank Ready, Chris said, “If you listen to most of the songs from ‘All These Things’, there’s not really much in terms of uplifting themes or positivity. I’ll just say it wasn’t written during the easiest time. These days in general, things are going pretty damn good. So now I’m trying to figure out how to write some happy songs.” Due for release in 2017, Porch promises to be another snapshot of an auspicious band, eager to evolve.




Chris Rattie

Lead Vocals/Guitar

Junior Tutwiler

Lead Guitar

Forrest Schwartz

Drums and Banjo

Chris Rattie’s debut album All These Things can’t simply be categorized as Americana, Rock n Roll, or Country. There’s a different kind of tension in the songs, a different kind of soul. It is the sound of coal dust and the fog of breath in winter.

Tim Shock
Prava Studio

The album is a wonderful mix of classic rock sounds and modern influences and the lyrics clearly show Rattie’s emotions

David Gerz
Tri State Indie

...[The All These Things album is] full of idiosyncratic melodies and catchy, unexpected hooks.

The Pittsburgh City Paper

Together, Rattie and his band create rustic rock with a blend of energy and heart that could only result from a destined partnership

Jordan Blum
AXS