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“And It’s Still Alright” is out now Listen to “Redemption” written for and featured in the upcoming film “Palmer”. Singer Songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff’s end-credits song, “Redemption,” is garnering awards buzz for as the race for best original song continues. 

Says Rateliff, “For me, the song is about what I saw in the film, and what I see out there in the world, of continuing to struggle until we find some kind of peace and some kind of answer. It’s about hope and connection. At the end of the song, there’s the line ‘we keep running until we learn to find peace’.” Rateliff says. He drew inspiration for “Redemption” through finding familiarity with the film’s protagonist, Eddie.

Growing up in rural Missouri, Rateliff saw “good people trying to move away from bad situations and trying to get ahead, and stumbling when they try to move forward.”

Timberlake had conversations with Rateliff over the phone to convey to him the essence of the story. The song’s title was born out of one of those conversations, where Timberlake described a “redemptive” courtroom scene, with the wording becoming etched in Rateliff’s mind.

To build the track, Rateliff says he started with a guitar and then layered his voice and added drums. He reached out to a singing group of three sisters he’d met when asked to perform at a Black Lives Matter rally in Englewood, Colorado. He also enlisted some of his band members in his group, the Night Sweats, to add claps and other percussion.

Synopsis for the film: After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to put his life back together—and forms an unlikely bond with Sam, an outcast boy from a troubled home. But then, Eddie’s past threatens to ruin his new life and family.

Palmer is directed by Academy Award winner Fisher Stevens (Stand Up Guys, Before the Flood) from a script by Cheryl Guerriero . The film stars Justin Timberlake (The Social Network, Alpha Dog), Juno Temple (Atonement, “Ted Lasso”), Alisha Wainwright (“Raising Dion,” “Shadowhunters”), 

“Redemption” Written and performed by Nathaniel Rateliff .

“There’s not a note out of place but there’s some clear wear and tear on the singer.” Nat’s angling for Americana MVP this year. First he released this heart-broke pearl, then he got back in step with The Night Sweats for an excellent single before closing out April with a birthday song for Willie Nelson that makes me want to grow pigtails and start smoking weed again.

For a soul singer who promised to drink his life away, and made a good start of it, this is an incredibly delicate album – sombre, regretful, occasionally sweet but much more often bitter. There’s not a note out of place but there’s some clear wear and tear on the singer.

It’s nowhere near the brassy, bombastic fare that made Rateliff a household name. It’s also not out of character; before The Night Sweats he put out two solo records that had him pegged as a bit of a misery guts. The BBC review of his 2010 debut said “It all seems so mournful and woebegone, one starts to suspect that In Memory of Loss is a darkly comic concept album about the futility of existence.” So not exactly a boot scooter.

Existence isn’t pointless on Still Alright, it’s a sharp right hook. It’s also passing. Death and divorce spill out every which way here, but you get the impression Rateliff knows how to dust himself off and it’s not a record that ever feels hopeless.

“All Or Nothing” off the latest album “And It’s Still Alright” on Stax Records

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Nathaniel David Rateliff is an American singer and songwriter,  based in Denver, whose influences are described as folk, Americana and vintage rhythm & bluesy.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nights Sweats make their long-awaited return with Tearing at the Seams, a joyous, big-hearted, staggering slice of rock ‘n’ soul music. Propelled by driving rhythms, blazing horn play, and Rateliff’s rowdy, soul-drenched vocals, Tearing at the Seam’s 12 cathartic tracks crackle with raw emotion and poignant intensity. From anguished sorrow to ecstatic heights, Rateliff’s expressive tenor is unvarnished and unforgettable, simmering on the record’s tender R&B ballads and howling on the born-again, nitro-fueled rave-ups.

“The first single from his forthcoming LP adds Southern-rock bite and weary longing to make for his most urgent song yet.” Rolling Stone proclaims of the song “You Worry Me.”


Because sometimes one of the best voices in sad bastard music up and shifts gears and makes a rollicking, soul-infused rock and roll record and it works. It’s a record that has a little bit of it all, showcasing Rateliff the Soul Man, Rateliff the Sad Man and every variation of Nathaniel Rateliff between, never once sounding disingenuous or stretched too thin.

Set List
“I Need Never Get Old”
“Look It Here”
“I’ve Been Failing You”
“Mellow Out”

November 17th , 2015 Nathaniel Rateliff and his band The Night Sweats are on fire, with concerts that get feet moving and bodies swaying, fueled by rhythm and booze.

It wasn’t always this way: In the past, Rateliff would be more easily described as a folk artist. When I saw him recently at a sold-out Sunday-night show in D.C., he expressed intense gratitude for the new audience that’s found him. Much of that new crowd has embraced the big-band R&B of his new album, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, which was produced by Richard Swift and will be released on the legendary Stax Records.

The record and its songs embrace not only Southern soul, but also the rockier side of soul made famous by Irish singer Van Morrison. Here at the Tiny Desk, Nathaniel Rateliff’s body-shaking tunes take on a slightly more laid-back sound, served with a warm heart and suitable for a cold beer.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats album is  available now.

From unsigned folker to Stax recording artist, Nathaniel Rateliff has taken the long road to recognition. Growing up in rural Missouri, he had a television with one channel; he didn’t have a phone; his family ate venison and foods from their garden. His simple life changed when his father died in a car accident on the way to church, and a young Rateliff was forced to quit school and go to work.

In the downtime between jobs, Rateliff grew an attachment to his mom’s acoustic guitar and developed as a musician by dabbling in a variety of sounds and genres — like any curious musician who’s yet to find their voice as a songwriter and performer. In an interview with Folk Radio, he detailed his earliest attempts (jokey songs about pizza parties, shoegaze bands, psychedelic blues) and his journey to Denver in the hopes of fulfilling his dreams. It’s an archetypal tale in the vein of Kerouac: boy leaves his empty setting for new experiences and opportunities with no expectations of where any of it will lead. Through all this, he had his parents’ record collection to keep him company, to inform and give meaning to his surroundings. “It was weird because it was my parents’ records that got me into making music,” he told Folk Radio. “I found my own more modern music, but then I drifted back into playing my parents’ music and taking even older influences.”


Those influences can be heard on Rateliff and his band’s self-titled Stax debut. Opener “I Never Get Old” is a romping, horn-driven affair with a simple message: Live and never look back. When Rateliff opens his pipes and howls, he evokes Van Morrison at his most charismatic. The singer is an absolute force, and it’s no wonder big labels came calling. Hot-mic’d for just the right amount of distortion, his screams and moans are both soulful and aggressive. There are tinges of anger when he lets loose on “S.O.B.”, which is as direct as its title implies: “I’m gonna writhe and shake my body/ I’ll start pulling out my hair/ I’m going to cover myself with the ashes of you and nobody’s gonna give a damn.” At other times, like on “Howlin at Nothing”, his raspy croon recalls Sam Cooke behind a raucous horn section. To be sure, Rateliff wears his influences openly.


Rateliff sustains this sound for the duration of the record, which grows repetitive near the end of its 40-minute runtime. Produced by Richard Swift (The Shins, Foxygen), the horns and strings are bathed in subtle reverb, as if the songs were being played in a cavernous theatre. Though it adds allure to the sonics, it doesn’t mask the conventionality of Rateliff’s songwriting, which is vehemently rooted in the standard folk rock tradition. The album would fit snuggly next to Morrison, Otis Redding, and Bruce Springsteen LPs, though the strong vocal performances distinguish Rateliff from other retro-inspired folk rock acts. Rateliff’s charisma is a rare commodity. It’s what turned Jimmy Fallon into a giddy fan when the band made its network television debut. He’s a passionate performer with a gift for singing and winning over an audience, and that comes through on this record.


The R&B/soul project from the Denver singer-songwriter, has shared “I Need Never Get Old,” the first taste of its upcoming self-titled album.

Due out on the classic soul  Stax Records, the album is scheduled for release late this summer. It includes production from the Shins’ Richard Swift, who has also worked on the latest release from fellow Denver based  band Tennis.

If you’ve frequented the Night Sweats live shows in the Denver area lately, you’ve likely heard “I Need Never Get Old.” This recording, which the band shared today, captures the Night Sweats’ live dynamics. Horns, guitar, percussion, Rateliff’s vocals — they all find a nice mix on the track, which has that lively, vintage dance party atmosphere.

Stax has a storied history in Memphis soul and blues music with greats like Otis Redding and its house band Booker T. & the M.G.’s. Powered by Nathaniel Rateliff’s well-loved solo material, the Night Sweats have been a force locally and nationally for the last few years, having recently returned from playing Treefort in Boise.

“I never did this stuff before, because it never really came to me,” Rateliff told us of his transition from folk to a soulman. “It just so happened that it came together for me. You have to be open to whatever comes to you.”

Listen to Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats’ “I Need Never Get Old” here

November 4, 2014  Singer Songwriter, Nathaniel Rateliff, performed live at Brighton Music Hall in Boston, MA. Rateliff captivated the audience at Brighton Music Hall with his intimate, authentic sound and uninhibited lyrics. This is a musician comfortable in his own skin and writing songs from life experience.

Nathaniel Rateliff was born in rural Missouri where he first began playing music in Church. He relocated to Denver at the age of 19 where he’s built a loyal and passionate following. He’s toured across the world including alongside such acts as Mumford & Sons, Deer Tick and The Lumineers.

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Nathaniel Rateliff proved that all he needs is a single acoustic guitar and a stand and deliver attitude to hold an audience in rapt attention. His voice, his phrasing and his songs have a way of hitting the mark and where others can dazzle with a flurry of finger style, simple rhythmic strumming seems to be all that Nathaniel requires. It’s probably true to say that it’s how most of his songs take shape and they are simply being taken back to the moment of their birth. Listening to “Falling Faster Than You Can Run”, you can hear it there too and the album’s core is the same basic blend of guitar and voice. But that framework is taken to another level with subtle arrangements that add drama to Nathaniel’s philosophical and emotional vignettes.

Since the release of his debut album, 2010’s In Memory of Loss, Nathaniel’s career has taken off, leading to opening slots with Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, and The Fray. In the past, he has also shared the stage with Bon Iver, Wilco, Indigo Girls, CAKE, Tallest Man on Earth, Delta Spirit, Mason Jennings, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Laura Marling, Ben Howard. Nathaniel’s debut record received massive praise from notable publications such as Mojo, Uncut, Q, Rolling Stone Paste, and London Times. He also made his first appearance on the massively popular television program, “Later…with Jools Holland”.


Singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff spends his time straddled between musical ley lines. When he performs with Night Sweats, his sound gears more toward fiery, horn-driven soul music. Under his own name, however, the Colorado native reflects inward, cultivating a brand of rich and contemplative folk. Before Night Sweats drop its latest LP this spring, Rateliff goes solo with the release of the “Closer” EP on January 27th via Mod y Vi Records.

Stripped down and unabashedly bare-bones, the six-track effort is a showcase of  Nathaniel Rateliff’s poignant lyrics and multi-faceted vocals. “Liverpool” finds him at his most laidback and unassuming, crooning about a modern love affair like some self-aware Sinatra. “Laughter” does away with the lyrical focus and instead emphasizes layers of rich, emotionally resonant harmonies. No matter what topic he’s exploring, or the inherent emotional scope, Rateliff is a master at gently reeling listeners in by the heartstrings.

For the Night Sweats LP, Rateliff is recording alongside producer Richard Swift (The Black Keys, The Shins, Foxygen).