Fast-rising Country artist Rafe Carlson (pronounced RAYF) is striking a chord with fans from the Midwest to Nashville and everywhere in between with his high-octane, energetic live shows, guitar driven tracks, and unapologetic, Skynyrd-esque attitude. Right at the intersection of modern Country and Southern Rock, Rafe's lyrics nod to his upbringing in the frigid Northwoods of Minnesota. The 25-year-old multi-instrumentalist grew up hunting, fishing, and working outdoors in one of  the continental U.S.'s harshest climates. His bloodline is comprised of carpenters, loggers, Vikings, home-builders, and WW2 soldiers. Naturally, his country sound is a little rougher-around-the-edges, with gritty electric guitar parts played by cousins Steven and David Carlson.

The Duluth native has garnered over 45,000,000 views on social media, worked with Grammy winning producers and prolific hit songwriters in Nashville, and appeared at festivals and events all over the country. The success of his shows in the Midwest led to Rafe joining bills with superstar acts like Jon Pardi, Jake Owen, Trace Adkins, Chris Janson, and dozens more. His most recent release out of Nashville, 'Big City Lights' has seen radio play across the Upper Midwest, on country stations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

Rafe's recently announced 'Great Lakes Country' Tour sees him joining forces with Brantley Gilbert, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore, and several of the hottest names in country music. See all 45+ dates here:


Just in time to kick off his 2024 “Great Lakes Country” Tour, Rafe Carlson is back with a brand new single out of Nashville that’s sure to turn some heads and blow some speakers. Blurring the line between Country and Southern Rock, Big City Lights sounds like the Lynyrd Skynyrd of Northern Minnesota. With huge drums and gritty guitar tones, Rafe explores new sonic territory that feels more raw and authentic, while marking a turning point in his artistry. Is running off to the big city and leaving your lover behind really all it’s cracked up to be? Help get to bottom of this age-old question on Big City Lights (best enjoyed with a front-porch beer).

Rafe Carlson and his band are finally hitting the road again for another jam-packed Summer full of country festivals, fairs and outdoor events. In 2024 Rafe will be joining acts like Brantley Gilbert, Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, Justin Moore, and many more. Come hear Big City Lights on the big stage at a town or city near you!

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