Releases New Single “Desert Heat”

Roots-rock band, Michigan Rattlers have released their new single, “Desert Heat.” Check out the first look from American Songwriter who describes the track as “A Mojave road trip, red dust kicked up by the wind and tires, windows down and shades on feeling invincible, like nothing can touch you.  On a conquest for something bigger, while recalling the treasured small things along the way. This is the exact imagery and notion fostered from the stellar new single by feel-good, folk- rockers Michigan Rattlers.” The anthemic tune picks up right where their critically debut full length Evergreen (2018) left off, and fans can expect a new album later this year.

“‘Desert Heat’ is a song about exploration. Geographical and mental” said the band’s frontman and primary songwriter, Graham Young. “It’s about a midwestern kid moving west and attempting to figure out where he fits in such a vast and unknown landscape. It’s about the bigger picture. I think we can get so lost in the place that feels really dark and scary. And then there’s a moment or experience that sort of wakes you up and makes you realize and appreciate what you have and see it all for what it is rather than what it isn’t.

“Michigan Rattlers’ winter tour kicked off this past weekend and includes upcoming stops in New York, Nashville, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and more. Full routing can be found below.

Lifelong friends and deep-north natives, Michigan Rattlers play heavy-hearted folk-rock with an aching dose of Midwestern nice. Graham Young (lead vocals/guitar), Adam Reed (vocals/upright bass), Christian Wilder (vocals/piano) and Tony Audia (drums) began writing music and performing together in their Northern Michigan high school. They regularly played every bar, cafe, and stage in town, developing a musical chemistry informed by the likes of AC/DC, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Seger, and more.

After a few years apart, Reed and Young settled down in Los Angeles, recorded a short demo, and began playing locally. The demo found its way in the hands of super-producer Johnny K, and they cut the bulk of their first EP at NRG studios in just one day. This self-titled Michigan Rattlers EP attracted glowing reviews from No Depression, Bluegrass Situation, Relix Glide,, and more. Rolling Stone named the band one of their “Ten New Country Artists You Need To Know.” In 2018, following a massive summer tour that included stops at Bonnaroo, Firefly and Electric Forest; the band released their highly anticipated debut full length album, Evergreen, and added pianist, Christian Wilder and drummer Tony Audia to their lineup. The Michigan Rattlers are currently in the studio recording their second full length album in between tour dates.

Tour Dates

Feb 11 Asbury Park, NJ @ Wonder Bar
Feb 12 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Feb 14 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
Feb 15 Washington, DC @ DC9
Feb 16 Richmond, VA, @ Richmond Music Hall
Feb 17 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Feb 20 Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl at Center Stage
Feb 21 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
Feb 22 Boca Raton, FL @ Funky Biscuits
Feb 23 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Feb 25 Tampa, FL @ Hooch and Hive
Feb 26 Gainesville, FL @ High Dive
Feb 27 Tallahassee, FL @ The Junction at Monroe
Feb 29 Nashville, TN @ High Watt
Mar 12 Chicago, IL @ Martyr’s
Mar 13 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Mar 15 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Mar 18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Mar 21 Felton, CA @ Felton Music Hall
Mar 24 San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Mar 26 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
Mar 29 Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
Mar 31 Bozeman, MT @ Filling Station
Ap 01 Billings, MT @ Pub Station

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