MICHIGAN RATTLERS – Sweet Diane
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DEBUT EP OUT THIS FALL
AS SEEN IN THE SEPTEMBER EDITION OF ROLLING STONE’S
“10 NEW COUNTRY ARTISTS YOU NEED TO KNOW“
DUO PLAYING AT THE BASEMENT EAST ON SEPTEMBER 21st DURING AMERICANA FEST
“For Fans Of: Whiskeytown-era Ryan Adams, early Wilco, the acoustic side of Rhett Miller and the Old 97’s.”- Rolling Stone
New York, NY – September 14th, 2016 – Americana duo, Michigan Rattlers (consisting of Graham Young and Adam Reed), are excited to release the second track from their upcoming self-titled debut EP, “Sweet Diane.”PRESS HERE to listen exclusively via The Bluegrass Situation!
Similar to their first single “Illinois Sky,” “Sweet Diane” highlights the pair’s incredible storytelling abilities through song. “The story of ‘Sweet Diane’ as a whole is fictional, but there’s a lot of real stuff tied up in there,” says Reed. “It’s the story of a woman who has experienced love and then loss in her life. Something most all of us have felt at some point. And it’s about the struggle of her trying to move forward and her really coming to terms with the fact that life does go on. The past is always going to be with you but it doesn’t have to stop you from having new experiences. Ultimately, it’s a hopeful song.”
The pair have been hard at work establishing a name for themselves in the country/Americana world, and were recently featured in Rolling Stone‘s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know” with the publication applauding the twosome’s “evocative lyrics and shimmering vocal harmonies.”
Up next, the guys will be performing in Nashville on September 21st at The Basement Eastduring Americana Fest. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements in the coming weeks!
ABOUT MICHIGAN RATTLERS
Michigan Rattlers recount human stories through a soundtrack of Americana punctuated by countrified rock ‘n’ roll and folk. Their 2016 self-titled debut EP lives 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. Lifelong friends Graham and Adam began writing music and performing together in their Northern Michigan high school. Eventually, Adam headed to Ohio for college as Graham went to Illinois, but upon graduating, Graham beckoned Adam to move to Los Angeles so they could start Michigan Rattlers. Settling down in LA, the boys recorded a demo and it found its way into the hands of producer Johnny K [Plain White T’s, 3 Doors Down]. The first single, “Illinois Sky,” rolls from an energetic acoustic guitar into an expansive refrain. “I started writing it when I was living in Chicago, and I finished it when I got to L.A. It sort of covers the journey,” recalls Graham. “Sweet Diane” weaves a narrative of newfound love in the aftermath of loss. “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 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. He was always meeting with his lawyer about child support. He was just losing everything. I thought about him and put it into 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, and they’re hard to find.” As the duo gets ready to share their tales with the world, listeners will soon find that like the elusive reptile, a sound like theirs is hard to find.