SATURDAY * 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Locust Lane Stage
Chris Rattie is an incredibly talented musician who has already experienced the ups and downs of the music industry, culminating in his current musical identity along with his band. 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, abandoned anthracite breakers haunting their outskirts. He also picked up songwriting and was able to play as a drummer for Vince Welnick of The Tubes and The Grateful Dead. During his time as a musician, Chris Rattie has played drums as well as song-written for The Rustlanders, collaborated with the cult-favorite and critically acclaimed band Marah, performed in music festivals around the world, established a small, independent recording studio, and put together his current band.
Currently Chris and his band are working to release their follow up album, Porch. Recorded with a more live and collaborative approach than All These Things, the new album is a step forward and presents a collective sound with a fresh perspective. In a 2015 interview with critic Frank Ready, Chris said, “If you listen to most of the songs from ‘All These Things’, there’s not really much in terms of uplifting themes or positivity. I’ll just say it wasn’t written during the easiest time. These days in general, things are going pretty damn good. So now I’m trying to figure out how to write some happy songs.” Due for release in 2017, Porch promises to be another snapshot of an auspicious band, eager to evolve.
Chris Rattie (lead, guitarist, vocals), Forrest Schwartz (drums), Jim Lovcik (bass), Jason ” Junior” Tutwiler (guitar)