Apache Trails, Chris Rattie & The New Rebels

Apache Trails

Chris Rattie & The New Rebels

Fri · May 11, 2018

8:00 pm (event ends at 1:00 am)

$5 Cover

This event is 21 and over

Apache Trails
Apache Trails
They’re a band that promises nothing less than a rowdy, unbridled, and altogether good time that'll leave the soles of your feet singing a tune of their own. Featuring a thunderous double-bass slapping alongside, soulful lead guitar, a freight-train rhythm, and a howling lead vocal. This musical arrangement might best be described as a rootsy amalgam of folk, country, blues and whiskey. Apache Trails are Jason Webb(vox/guitar), Matthew Messatzzia (bass), and Jeremy Worthington(drums), backed with accompaniment from a phenomenal cast of rotating artists on instruments including but not limited to guitar, mandolin, banjo, piano, and fiddle.
The group began in summer of 2014 when singer-songwriter, Jason Webb brought 3 original songs to the attentive ears of friend and fellow musician Matthew Messatzzia. Together they adopted the name Apache Trails after the famous rocky road leading through Arizona’s mysterious Superstition Mountains, steeped in history and drenched myth, the name presented an instant muse for Webb’s writing as reflected in songs like “Superstitions, Rumors, Notions” and “Hope at the Well” off of the band’s 2015 Ep recorded and engineered at Baby Snake Studios by Peter Scobell. The 6 track EP presents a collection of songs that helped to comfortably seat the group within the Americana genre.

​The self-titled album in addition to being the group’s debut also provided the perfect opportunity for a much larger musical effort featuring collaboration with guests from over 12 other local Delaware and Pennsylvania bands including Michael Davis of The Bullets, Devin Zito of The Hold-Up, Gordon Lippincott of Mad-Sweet Pangs, and James Dukenfield of New Sweden lending their talents on guitar, Emma Sue Webb and The Splashing Pearls on backing vocals, David Berry of The Sin City Band on piano, and Clinton Hoffman drums.


Now in their 3rd year, what had started as 3 songs has since grown into hours worth of original material. Apache Trails has been featured on local radio receiving airplay on Philadelphia’s 88.5 WXPN and performed live in-studio for shows like 93.7 WSTW’s Hometown Heroes. They have had the wonderful opportunity to perform at a variety of venues and festivals throughout the east coast including the long running Philadelphia Folk Festival( PA), Musikfest (PA), Rockwood Music Hall (NY), The Avalon Theater (MD), The Queen Theater(DE), Boot and Saddle (PA), and World Café Live (PA). ​
Chris Rattie & The New Rebels
Chris Rattie & The New Rebels
Chris Rattie blends country’s aching ethos with a keen eye for the future. He rises out of the muck and mire to be one of today’s most riveting, astute storytellers. The singer, songwriter and musician wraps his Steve Earle-wrinkled voice around tales of self-realization and wonder on his latest album. Porch (released Sept. 15) is steeped in frothy Americana, burnt around the edges with electric guitar and honest, godforsaken songwriting. “I’ve been out all night long singing these heartbroke songs. Ain’t nobody listening,” he sings on “A Little Shot Glass from Spain.” Later, he pontificates “Country Boy” tropes, fed with a provocative spoken word intro. “Country boy drives a big red truck. Loves rolling coal, it makes him feel real tough. Rebel flag stuck on the back,” he wails over smokey guitar lines and a honky-tonk rumble.

Nestled away in the flowing hills of Pennsylvania, Rattie bore his heart, anchored with plenty of harmonica playing, foot-stomping rhythm and blues, and highfalutin banjo plucking. His musical ambitions mirror the expansive and breathtaking nature which rose and fell around the studio space, licensing him to peel back the layers of bombast for more nuanced, grounded compositions. Whether he is sharing a tender embrace with smoldering opener “My Mountain” or unraveling a tale of jail time on “Prisoner 743,” an affecting earth-rich mid-tempo, he tips his hat to the hearty groundwork of such pioneers as Johnny Cash, Ryan Adams and Keith Whitley, stitching his own vibrant tapestry along the way. Joined with long-time collaborators Forrest Schwartz and Jason “Junior” Tutwiler, who both assisted in producing and engineering the album, Rattie rollicks through the heartland at break-neck speed.

Porch is as much a masterful creative accomplishment as it is a raw recollection of his tireless journey to get there, the culmination of years of blood, sweat and tears. A native to central Pennsylvania, he cut his teeth as drummer for Vince Welnick of The Tubes and The Grateful Dead, drummer and prominent songwriter in The Rustlanders (whose second album was helmed by producer Don Was and recorded in L.A.’s East West Studios), and vocals/drums/guitar in rock band Marah. The experiences wrought invaluable wisdom, bestowing upon him the exact skills he needed to write, record and play the album he was always destined to make. Through nine coarsely-delivered, poignant tracks, Rattie defies convention and situates himself as transcendent. The addition of a new bass player named Jeff Downing would mark the official manifestation of Chris Rattie & The New Rebels.

His second studio effort stands in stark contrast to his 2013 bow, All These Things, a decidedly dark twist of humanity. Already, certain tastemakers have become hypnotized by his electrifying risk-taking. “Together Rattie and his band create rustic rock, with a blend of energy and heart that could only result from a destined partnership,” music critic Jordan Blum once beamed. Kevin Briggs, of Centre Daily Times, described Rattie’s latest record as “an audio portrait of Rattie’s mind, showing the luminescent brightness of personal triumphs while still retaining echoes of the darkness from which the light emerged. This album is like a soundtrack for the process of ascension, and Rattie has carved it out for us to hear.”

Rattie’s Porch signals a crucial moment for not only his career but for Americana music. He’s fearless, bold, engaging, and he is just getting started. He has plenty of road left to pound, and the industry will be waiting with bated breath. -- Jason Scott, B Sides & Badlands
Venue Information:
Tellus 360 (Tigh Mhary)
24 E King St
Lancaster, PA, 17602