"...one tight country outfit."
- Rave Magazine
Rattlehand are the definition of alt country.
Soulful narrative is the motivation behind Rattlehands music, influenced by Ryan Adams, Wilco, Hank Williams, The Old 97's and Johnny Cash. Their alt-country/ rock feel pays homage to the "outlaw country" genre of the 60's and 70's: it is a sound that happily deviates from the dominant paradigm. In love with all things Americana, Rattlehand serve up bluegrass feels and country twang on a platter of guitars, bringing rock to the bayou.
This lively 6 piece have been making quite a name for themselves over the last 12 months, with over 500 copies of their debut EP sold, airplay on JJJ, 612ABC, RRR, PBS, 4ZZZ, 98.9fm and successful live shows with national and international alt-country legends such as Justin Townes Earle, Wagons and Lachlan Bryan.
A blend of seasoned and classically trained musicians, Rattlehand are a delicious mixed bag of local talent boasting members from such indie stalwarts as The Black Arts, Grassroots Street Orchestra, Fat Man's Cleavage and Say Nothing.
Rattlehand have a brand new record on the way, their debut Self Titled LP, and will be touring it up and down the east coast in October and November 2011, joined by more alt country greats such as Halfway, Sue Ray, Spurs for Jesus and The Delivery. Check back here at www.rattlehand.com for tour details.
"Who knows what rock Rattlehand crawled out from under, but they should do it a helluva lot more often!"
- Time Off Magazine
"Lovers of alt-country really need to keep an eye out for these guys."
- Rave Magazine
And if you wanna know more...
Rattlehand offer their audiences a unique blend of traditional country music with a blues sensibility and just the right amount of rock to catch a crowd and hold them.
Their cumulative musical experience includes festivals such as Tamworth Country Music Festival, Apollo Bay Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, The Big Day Out, Canada's NXNE Music Festival, Soundwave, Island Vibe, The Valley Fiesta, Teneriffe Festival and the Roots Rap Reggae Festival as well as a plethora of diverse musical genres such as Pop, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Roots, Reggae, Hip Hop, Hardcore and Punk.
These six mates explode on stage with a dynamic combination of traditional instruments and heavenly harmonies, combining their wealth of performance experience and love of roots and rock music into a dynamic, feisty, toe tapping cowboy hoedown which takes the crowd on a journey through the Bible belt, into blues country and out the other side of rock n roll.
- Josh Shelton - Lead Vocals, Guitar
- Josh Rippingale - Lead Guitar
- Luke Bushell - Electric Bass, Bullfiddle
- Steve Wallis - Harmonica, Harmonies, Rhythm Guitar
- Gary Eldershaw - Drums
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