Chris Rattie is a songwriter, producer, and multi- instrumentalist living in the hills of Central Pennsylvania. His journey in music began as a drummer, touring extensively throughout the early 2000’s with bands The Rustlanders, Marah, and The Grateful Dead’s Vince Welnik. By 2012 his focus moved from the drummer’s seat towards a solo career and fronting his own band, The New Rebels. Since 2013, Chris has released two full length solo albums, All These Things and Porch, and a self titled EP with The New Rebels. Together they create a sound steeped heavily in Americana and Roots Rock with nods to Alt Country and Indie Rock as well. Pittsburgh City Paper asserts Rattie is “…full of idiosyncratic melodies and catchy, unexpected hooks.”, drawing comparisons with Ryan Adams, Steve Earle, Dire Straits, and White Album era Beatles.
In early 2020 Chris Rattie & The New Rebels began work on a new album. After a year of constant live performance throughout the South and Mid Atlantic, Chris and the band were ready to focus on new material. As it turns out, 2020 would provide plenty of time for writing and recording, there really was no other choice. A small studio was built in a friend’s home and the band got to work, writing and recording. Through trial and error they learned how to capture the sound and vibe of the music that inspired them. It was a long but rewarding process. In January of 2023 ‘Begin Again’ was released. It is a continuation of a sound that still pushes the boundaries of Americana music. This new collection of songs is a step further outward with explorations in 60’s Classic and Garage Rock alongside harmonica driven Folk and Blues. The songs are concise and focused, the lyrics are directly on the nose. It is a perfect snapshot of a ‘hearts on their sleeves band’ at that moment in time.