Choose Your Headline

Apr 11, 2014

Our local newspaper publishes content throughout southern Minnesota, and sometimes repackages it slightly for different communities. In Northfield a recent feature story they did about us was titled with the sprawling “Matt Arthur and the Bratlanders rock out at Castle Rock N’ Roll Bar & Grill near Northfield,” which became a much less specific “Matt

The Best Year

Dec 31, 2013

Happy new year, friends! 2013 was a tough year for a lot of folks, but dang…it was a great one for us. We released a full-length album, played 37 shows in 22 different venues, went on our first national tour, and got honored as the “Best Bar Band” in Southern Minnesota. Look out 2014, you’ve

Fan Art!

Dec 15, 2013

You know you’ve achieved a certain amount of celebrity when you start getting fan art! (OK, so maybe it doesn’t entirely count if it comes from a nephew of a band member, but let’s see YOUR fan art, then!) This fantastic crayon portrait is by Ben Richter who drew it from life during last night’s

Ten Years After

Nov 14, 2013

On November 14, 2003 (ten years ago today!) a band known as Matt Arthur & “The Bratland Family Players” played its first show. In 2004 we simplified the name to “the Bratlanders,” and three of the four original members are still playing today! Literally today, since we’ve got our final local show of the year


Nov 04, 2013

It was high summer the last time we played in St. Paul…a magical July night of fine music among old friends, new friends, and friendly strangers. It seems half a lifetime ago, back in the days before our fabled westward tour, when Don still sported a megabeard. This Saturday we return to our favorite venue

100% Local

Oct 04, 2013

If you’re a fan of ours, you probably know we’re big fans of our hometown of Northfield, Minnesota. Although only two of the five of us live within the city limits, it’s where we got our start, and where we’ve played most of the gigs in our illustrious history. And we’re playing in Northfield again

Post Tour Blues (and Rock!)

Sep 26, 2013

Don’t worry, we don’t have the blues…we’ve just been playing a lot of blues since we returned from our tour. We do miss the spectacular mountain scenery of Montana and Washington, but we’re awfully glad to be back among friends and family in the American heartland. It’s been a busy few weeks on the home

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Tour Itinerary

Aug 17, 2013

Eight Shows, Nine Days, 3000 Miles The tour is fully booked, and we’re gearing up to kick it off TONIGHT in beautiful downtown Northfield. The weather is perfect, so we’ll be on the outdoor stage of The Contented Cow, along the banks of the Cannon River. Then it’s one last good night’s sleep before we


Aug 08, 2013

We are super, super excited to announce the launch of the national promotional effort in support of our album in the form of a TOUR of the American West and Northwest! We’ll be kicking it off with a hometown show in Northfield, Minnesota on August 17 at The Contented Cow and wrapping things up at

Beer & Brats

Aug 01, 2013

Is there anything better than great beer paired with great music? Not likely. We are very excited to be performing at the Harriet Brewing Tap Room on Friday, August 2, and not just because we happen to be big fans of the beverage that created modern civilization. Music starts at 7pm with Boston troubadour Eric

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