Chris Rattie & the New Rebels + The Green Fingers
Saturday June 29 @ 10:00 pm - 2:00 am
Cover: $5 Suggested Donation @ Door
Chris Rattie & The New Rebels
Chris Rattie blends country’s aching ethos with a keen eye for the future. He rises out of the muck and mire to be one of today’s most riveting, astute storytellers. The singer, songwriter and musician wraps his Steve Earle-wrinkled voice around tales of self-realization and wonder on his latest album. Porch (released Sept. 15) is steeped in frothy Americana, burnt around the edges with electric guitar and honest, godforsaken songwriting. “I’ve been out all night long singing these heartbroke songs. Ain’t nobody listening,” he sings on “A Little Shot Glass from Spain.” Later, he pontificates “Country Boy” tropes, fed with a provocative spoken word intro. “Country boy drives a big red truck. Loves rolling coal, it makes him feel real tough. Rebel flag stuck on the back,” he wails over smokey guitar lines and a honky-tonk rumble.
Porch is as much a masterful creative accomplishment as it is a raw recollection of his tireless journey to get there, the culmination of years of blood, sweat and tears. A native to central Pennsylvania, he cut his teeth as drummer for Vince Welnick of The Tubes and The Grateful Dead, drummer and prominent songwriter in The Rustlanders (whose second album was helmed by producer Don Was and recorded in L.A.’s East West Studios), and vocals/drums/guitar in rock band Marah. The experiences wrought invaluable wisdom, bestowing upon him the exact skills he needed to write, record and play the album he was always destined to make. Through nine coarsely-delivered, poignant tracks, Rattie defies convention and situates himself as transcendent.
The Green Fingers
“Green Fingers” is a name that leader Austin Barrett has kept in his back pocket for years, waiting for the right group of people to present themselves to give it justice. The name means much more than money, planting organic matter, or even sticky weed. The name is a call to musicians worldwide to practice their art every day, to want greatness and to reflect it in their songs, and most of all to have passion and love toward the music created.
Barrett has a diverse background in Rock, Blues, and Roots music, with a minor degree in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music, and a portfolio of 3 CD releases with previous projects. Those who listen can expect Americana and Haunting Blues with an underlying nod to the Country greats of the 60’s and 70’s.