I offered a preview of up and coming duo Michigan Rattlers on my most recent mixtape, but their brief, but growing catalog has been on constant replay over the past month or so. “Illinois Sky” and “Sweet Diane” offer up approachable Americana with relatable storytelling reminiscent of Dawes and The Jayhawks. Graham Young and Adam Reed clearly have a penchant for narratives and tie in their Michigan (originated in Petoskey) experiences, including references to one of the Mitten’s most tasty IPA’s, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale.
New Rattlers track “Last Week” ratchets up the act’s alt country and rock n roll influence with hearty percussion, steel guitar, and passioned vocals that match the familiar tale of heartache. Young and Reed’s pending fall EP is sure further continue their 2016 breakthrough.