Meet Love Rat, an alluring band hailing from Birmingham, Alabama. Created by Mandi Rae Trott and Warren Amos, two remarkable songwriters with years of experience together, their chemistry is undeniable. They have handpicked a dedicated group of musicians to bring their vision to life on stage.
Mandi's sultry vocals and Warren's evocative guitar, honed over two decades of music-making, create a sound that defies genre. Accompanying them are the phenomenal Derek Nolin on keys, the incomparable Michael Shackleford on drums, and the multi-talented Jonathan Breland on bass, whose influence helps their music evolve and captivate audiences. Michael Shackleford also contributes to their debut album, "Howl at the Moon."
Their sound draws inspiration from a range of styles, including old-school country, blues, rock and roll, rap, psychedelic rock, and folk. The result is a heady mix of innovation and nostalgia.
Mandi and Warren are partners in both life and music. They reside in Leeds, Alabama, and recorded the album locally with Eric Watters of Dreamcatcher Studios, who lends his magical touch to each song in unique ways. The stunning artwork of Merrilee Challiss graces the album cover, immediately grabbing your attention.
With their fresh yet familiar sound, Mandi's soulful and powerful vocals, Warren's intricate and captivating guitar work, Derek's keyboard mastery that elevates their sound, and Jonathan's solid bass playing, Love Rat creates a one-of-a-kind sonic experience.
Their fanbase is growing with the release of their debut album, "Howl at the Moon," and their uncategorizable sound. Love Rat's music has a way of getting under your skin and captivating audiences with every performance. Their creative energy is palpable, and their commitment to producing top-quality music inspires all. This band is a testament to the power of music to connect people and transcend limitations.
Love Rat’s album Howl at the Moon is a record that transcends their hometown in Alabama. It zooms out- it is more Southern than Alabama, and further still is more American than it is Southern. Its a cool breeze and colder beer after hard work in hot weather. Mandi Rae’s voice has always fit alongside the strongest vocalists from country’s new traditionalist movement. A voice at home next to Patty Loveless- an honest, beautiful timbre that is as sultry as it is haunting. And if Love Rat leaned into those country roots, they might find themselves touring with and mentioned along side country legends like Pam Tillis or The Judds. Love Rat has an almost easy path they could pursue to stardom: following a tested formula for great female vocalists in the genre. Instead of a formula, they find themselves forging a different path- what Warren Amos brings on guitar gives the band a distinctly rock and rock heartbeat. He tastefully lands somewhere between Mike Campbell and Johnny Hickman. That Tom Petty Damn the Torpedos groove pairs with Mandi’s Reba McEntire eat your heart out style in an flavor bomb of roots Americana that is irresistible. I’d suggest a stand out track, but I think the whole record is just swell and suggest you try the whole thing.
Afterparty for Billy Strings - August 2023
with for Lydia Loveless
with Los Colognes
with for Lydia Loveless
with Dylan Earle and Willie Carlisle
with Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real
with The Avett Brothers
with Mike Doughty
with The Black Cadillacs
with The Little Country Giants
with The Goodbye Girls
with Luella and the Sun, The Vespers, Shelly Colvin, Andrew Duhon, Mandi Rae
ABILENE - Live at Leeds Arts Council, Leeds Al