The band started as a duo, with current lead singer/songwriter Rob Carpenter and singer/guitarist John Ruby. The two met at Western Kentucky University (both were history majors). Shortly after meeting the two began playing all over Bowling Green, Kentucky, from dorm rooms to coffee houses. Eventually though, the two began playing at a Bowling Green restaurant, Happy Inn, and began drawing substantial crowds.
Then the two got Brian Meurer, bassist, and together they recorded their first album, "Forgot To Breathe" (1998). Dave Kidd, drummer, joined the next year and the band began putting their music on MP3.com, which led to increased popularity and sales. This in turn allowed them to put out their second release in 2001, titled "Losing Sleep".
The Muckrakers continued playing and in 2004 were signed to Toucan Cove Entertainment/Label X. So with their label, the help of producer Todd Smith, and their newly added electric guitarist, Micah Gerdis, the Muckrakers released their first nationally released record, "Front of the Parade." In 2008, they released their follow-up album, The Concorde Fallacy.
On July 17, 2009, The Muckrakers played their final show at Headliner's Music Hall in Louisville, KY. The 23-song setlist was recorded and later released for free at http://www.hatfieldmedia.com/audio-content/.
- Rob Carpenter - Lead Vocals/Guitar
- Brian Meurer - Bass Guitar
- Dave Kidd - Drummer
- Micah Gerdis - Electric Guitar
- Forgot to Breath (1998)
- Losing Sleep (2001)
- Live @ Paste (2006)
- Live @ XM (2006)
- Front of the Parade (2006)
- The Concorde Fallacy (2008)
- "Spotlight Band: The Muckrakers". Full Effect Magazine. 2006-03-07. Retrieved 2007-04-05.