Saturday night at the Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks is roots-rock night.
Chris Rattie and the Brush Valley Rumblers — Ryan Alford on guitar, Mark Sosnoskie on bass, Forrest Schwartz on drums and brother John Rattie on the organ — will play the Millheim venue. The band has been together for more than a year and has performed throughout central Pennsylvania, giving them time to sync their individual sounds into perfect harmony.
Rattie said that the Millheim crowd will hear “everything from loud and proud electric guitars to gospel organs,” all in service of the band’s “old timey and sad old quiet songs.”
Below, Rattie offers some more insight into the men behind the music and the process behind their signature sound.
The “Penns Valley music scene.” I love the sound of that. It really is “a thing,” I think. There’s a whole bunch going on and it’s great to be a part of it. There’s support and appreciation here and that’s so important. There’s also a great venue, the Elk Creek Cafe, which anchors the whole thing. ...
So our sound is definitely evolving. ... We’re a pretty excitable bunch, so the older songs tend to have way more energy live now than they do on the album. A few of the songs we approach in a completely different way live. We’re also working together much more on arranging new songs, so this hands over some of the creative process to the rest of the band. Things tend to go in a direction you didn’t initially plan when you wrote the song, which can be a nice surprise.
I’m really excited to try and record with this band soon. The first album was just John and I, so building the new songs with four other guys has been great. We were recently featured on a show called “The Prava Sessions,” where we recorded totally live. We hit one or two new songs there and they came out sounding really good. It’s going to be great to record live with these guys and try to capture some of that energy.