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1332 W. Burnside, Portland, OR 97209

Monday, April 17, 2017

Michigan Rattlers

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7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show
$10 advance, $15 day of show
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Michigan Rattlers

Upholding a time-honored songwriting tradition, Michigan Rattlers recount human stories through a soundtrack of Americana punctuated by countrified rock'n'roll and folk. The subjects of their 2016 self-titled debut EP practically live and breathe between Graham Young's rustling guitar and Adam Reed's percussive upright bass. Born in Petoskey, MI and based in Los Angeles, the duo's music plays out like a film.

"All of my favorite songs tell stories," says Graham. "It's the most important part. They're about people trying to overcome life's obstacles. That's what it always comes back to."

Lifelong friends Graham and Adam began writing music and performing together in their Northern Michigan high school. Residing in a quiet tourist town of 6,000 located on the banks of Lake Michigan, the pair regularly played every bar, cafe, and stage in town, developing an inimitable musical chemistry informed by the likes of AC/DC, Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and more. Adam headed to Ohio for college as Graham went to Illinois, but upon graduation, Graham beckoned Adam to move to Los Angeles so they could start a band. A four-day cross-country road trip gave birth to Michigan Rattlers.

Settling down in Los Angeles, the boys 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 Adam. "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."

The first single, "Illinois Sky," rolls from an energetic acoustic guitar into an expansive refrain that's immediate and infectious, following "Midwestern boys out on our own headed for a life of treasure."

"I started writing it when I was living in Chicago, and I finished it when I got to LA," recalls Graham. "It was something I'd been working on for a while. Sort of covers the journey. It's really sad, but it's also upbeat. I look at it as a love letter to living in Chicago and that time. You've got the image."

Culminating on a lyrical guitar lead, "Sweet Diane" weaves a narrative of newfound love in the aftermath of loss driven by Graham's robust delivery. "That was totally fiction," he continues. "It's a straightforward story. A guy knows this girl. The girl lost her husband. He gets the courage to ask her out from there."

"Strain of Cancer" recounts a heartbreaking tale he witnessed firsthand. "I used to work at Starbucks, and I wrote it about this guy I worked with," he goes on. "He had a kid with this girl. Things didn't work out. He only saw his son twice a month or something. He was always meeting with his lawyer about child support. He was just losing everything. It was a horrible situation. I felt for the guy. I thought about him and put it into a song."

As for their moniker? It's a name that lets you in on where they're from and who they are. "A Michigan Rattler is an actual snake," Adam explains. "There aren't a lot of them." As the duo gets ready to share their tales with the world, listeners far and wide will soon find that like the elusive reptile, a sound like theirs is hard to find.

 

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https://www.instagram.com/michiganrattlers

Website:
http://www.michiganrattlers.com/

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https://soundcloud.com/michigan-rattlers

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Lowlight

Lowlight

Lowlight's music is rooted in the blues. Gospel, soul, rock, folk, country are ancestors of the same song, and it's a blues.

Lowlight is the monicker under which songwriter Nick Foltz performs. Foltz, a product of Kentucky, spent most of his life in the south, the region where so much of what is American music was born. While living in New York City in his early 20s and trying to figure out what to do with himself he started writing songs and busking in the NYC subways to make rent. After several months deciding to head to North Carolina to put together a band and see the country. This first band, The Delta Drift, was "where I learned what it really was to be in a band. How to perform live, how to really play with other musicians in a way that excited me. And how to travel with a band, like a van full of sleep-deprived pirates."

His travels eventually led him to Portland,OR and its fruitful music scene. In 2013 he began work on a new project, Lowlight. Lowlight started as a recording project.

"I had always wanted to go into the studio and make an album playing as many of the instruments as I could. It's probably hubris but also it's a way to stay mentally involved through the recording process and a way to develop songs and just have fun trying things. A way to keep things fresh. It can also be a humbling experience, like when I heard myself drumming. So I brought in a drummer, James Pearson, for a good chunk of the record."

With the release of After Sundown, Foltz has put together a band consisting of Pearson, guitarist Chris Viola, bassist Carmen Paradise and other Portland aces to bring his songs to life.

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Website:
http://lowlightmusic.com/home

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