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Native Sons & Daughters Attic Series Presents: Chris Rattie & The New Rebels
November 16, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm$12.50
Join us in The Attic of The State Theatre as we celebrate local musicians with our Native Sons & Daughters Series!
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. 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 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.
Rolling Stone magazine listed the new line up in its “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 Chris helped establish a small, independent recording studio and 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 new band, Chris began promoting All These Things with a live show that quickly became notorious for its raucous, cathartic energy.