A farm boy turned performer: that’s Cole Rath! Born and raised in Treynor, you can find Cole gigging at many of the local rural bars in Pottawattamie County and beyond. Newt’s Place in Shelby was last week and you can find him at The Back Forty in Macedonia and Silos in Treynor in the next few weeks.
Why go see him? Well, besides the fact he can sing and he’ll raise a glass with ya, he told me his goal is to help people “forget about their crazy lives for a while.” A performer whose first thought is about making sure the crowd is having a good time over his thoughts of making it in the music world is probably a guy I want to support. When I asked why people should come out to see him, he told me he likes to have a good time! He said that a night with people drinking, dancing, and singing is always a good night, and the more engagement with the crowd, the better the show. That’s logic you sure can’t argue with!
And he sings something for everyone! He plays older country (George Straight is an idol), newer country like Kip Moore and Jon Pardi, but he’s not afraid to mix in some classic rock like Tom Petty, Steve Miller Band, and the Eagles. Plus, he writes his own stuff, too, and has written a few with a friend, Cameron Eckmann when he used to be in a duo, Country Two Piece. He tries to mix in a few of his more well-known ones when he can, and after 7 years playing music in the area, he’s gained a pretty good following.
We all know the music industry isn’t an easy one, and payin’ your dues can be a long road. If you get a chance, show him a little love and head over to his page on Facebook: Cole Rath Acoustic. Check out his upcoming dates and we’ll see you there!
Thanks for being a Pott. County Artist, Cole!