RT Collective came about as the result of two musicians wanting to explore music and go back to their roots. Rafael Tranquilino and Patrick McDanel are both generally known as electric instrument players. They decided to go acoustic when they started getting together to jam in 2021. The chemistry from the 1st jam was pure and creative and they enjoyed this new collaboration so much that they decided to become “partners in crime” for a new and fresh acoustic project. They have been performing as a Duo in various venues with their “Old School” approach using just an acoustic guitar and stand up bass. With an electric mix of songs and banter with their audience, this is a show worth seeing!

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Our 1st song released happen to be a Christmas song. More music coming!

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More about Raf & Pat:

Rafael’s musical career started when he was just 10 years old as he became a part of his family’s musical legacy. During the years after, he acquired the ability to play many instruments including: guitar, drums, bass, harmonica and keyboards. 
He gained popularity in the U.S. playing guitar and as acting musical director for the Randy Oxford Band (2006 - 2011) before branching out and forming the Rafael Tranquilino Band in 2011. Additionally during this time, Rafael became a skilled music producer, with past and ongoing projects in the works. In the year of 2020,  Rafael decided to use his production skills and started his career as a Music Producer and adding his own special touch to any music genre that comes his way, including his own.
For Patrick McDanel, 2023 wil mark a 40-year career in music that has taken him to every state in the union (except one), Central and South America, the Caribbean,and Europe! He has played everything from Jazz in New York to Goth Metal during Seattle's Pioneer Square heyday. Career highlights include backing Mel Torme, playing the Apollo Theatre, competing 4 times in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and recording in Memphis' famed Royal Studios with Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers.