Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats: Waving the Americana Flag

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Nathaniel Rateliff LP CoverWe first heard Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats in the summer of 2015 on SiriusXM and immediately liked the man’s attitude. “Son-of-a-bitch… give me a drink!”  What’s not to like there?

This slice of Americana/indie folk-rock is a toe-tappin’ song from the big-hearted, bearded singer, born Oct. 7, 1978, who hails from Missouri, and is now based in Denver.

The song hit #1 on the AAA format and #4 Alternative on, and #2 Rock song on Thanks to repeated spins, “S.O.B.” was certified Gold. The band’s self-titled album was released in 2015 on Stax/Fantasy.

The group formed in 2013 and the buzz around them that continues to grow.

This hometown performance at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium shows the band blasting “S.O.B.” and then deftly segueing to The Band’s “The Shape I’m In.”

After putting in a lot of time on the road, their hard work has paid off. Two years after its release, the debut, self-titled album from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats was officially certified Gold in 2017, signifying sales of 500,000 albums in the U.S.

(Photo: Rett Rogers; used with permission)

The band’s eagerly awaited follow-up, Tearing at the Seams, was released in 2018. Rateliff released a solo LP, And It’s Still Alright, in 2020. It was followed by another album with the band, 2021’s The Future. They’ve become a regular part of Willie Nelson’s annual Outlaw music festival and Farm Aid.

Watch them perform at Farm Aid 2019

Regrettably, his scheduled tour with Bob Dylan in summer 2020 was canceled. But he and his band continue to tour regularly; tickets are available here and here. Highly recommended.

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