Rafe begins to experiment with new sounds, bringing a fresh, blues-rock sound to mainstream country. Never Look Back features a groovy hook, epic guitar work, and a powerful, high-octane chorus. Rafe's brand new track checks all the boxes of a country hit: catchy chorus, relatable lyrics, and flawless production- while bringing with it a heavy dose of 'edge' and a groove that is reminiscent of some rock and blues from the 1970's.


Written by Rafe for the movie “We Got Your Six”, A Place to Fall focuses on PTSD and the  struggles veterans face when they return home. The song has helped raise thousands of dollars to help veterans living with trauma.


Rafe’s first single out of Nashville was the song that put him on the map, and helped establish a dedicated fanbase. Lost and Found redefined “Country Rock” with a modern groove, catchy melody, and unmistakable riffs. 

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).


With an upbeat rhythm, feel-good lyrics, and an easy to recognize hook, Just Can’t Explain has all the makings of a Summer Song. Co-written with country music icon and lead singer of Little Texas, Tim Rushlow

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