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Nathaniel Rateliff

Nathaniel Rateliff is a striking, emotive tenor vocalist and songwriter whose work runs the gamut from simple folk and Americana to roots rock & roll and vintage rhythm & blues. He and his band the Night Sweats are based in Denver, Colorado. Rateliff was born in rural Missouri, the son of ardent churchgoing parents. The church was an enormous influence on his childhood and early teenage years. He learned to play drums at age seven, and began to teach himself guitar at 13; he wrote his first songs a couple of years later. In his early teens, he listened exclusively to Christian rock but found a copy of John Lennon's Imagine album in his father's collection. The title song haunted him and gave rise to spiritual questions that would impact his life in significant ways. Rateliff left school at the age of 16 and began working in a plastics factory. He and bandmate Joseph Pope III left Missouri for Denver as part of Youth with a Mission, an evangelical organization. While in Denver, he began to question not only the rigors of religion, but the existence of God. He left the organization and began working odd jobs. He built decks and later got work at a trucking company, where he stayed for ten years before eventually becoming a gardener and getting married. All the while, he and Pope were playing music. During this period, they formed the band Born in the Flood. Though they played everything from classic rock covers to garage rock originals, Rateliff had begun to distinguish himself as a singer. He studied the recordings of the great R&B and country singers and began to carve out a persona and voice of his own. Simultaneously, he began to write quieter, more introspective songs. With the assistance of friends -- Pope included -- he formed another band called the Wheel. He played in both bands for a time, but the Wheel eventually claimed his attention and his pensive, stark original songs came to the fore. Their debut album, Desire and Dissolving Men, was released in 2007. The Wheel began to work the road, and Rateliff became increasingly comfortable fronting a band on-stage. As a result, he also began playing solo shows. During a CMJ showcase, he attracted the attention of a Rounder Records executive who signed him. He moved to Chicago to make his debut for the label with producer Brian Deck. In Memory of Loss was issued in 2010 and widely acclaimed for its poignant, introspective songs. He left Rounder -- and moved back to Denver -- for his sophomore effort, Falling Faster Than You Can Run, which was released by the independent Mod y Vi label in 2013. Rateliff had begun writing songs that required a band so he formed the Night Sweats, whose was rowdy, soulful sound was deeply influenced by vintage R&B, soul and gospel traditions, Van Morrison, and the Band. A formidable live unit with a reputation for stage-quaking shows, they were signed to Stax. Rateliff released another independent solo record in January of 2015, the intimate Closer, which continued to draw the attention of listeners and critics. Meanwhile, he and the label enlisted producer Richard Swift to capture the band's live attack in a studio. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats was issued by Stax in August, preceded by appearances at the Newport Folk Festival and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. They toured globally in support of the album. While still on the road they issued A Little Something More From.... an eight-track EP that featured a combination of new tracks and live favorites. ~ Thom Jurek
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Stations Featuring
Nathaniel Rateliff

    Alternative Party

    Alternative Party
    1 song

    Adult Alternative

    Adult Alternative
    1 song

    Adult Rock

    Adult Rock
    1 song

    Acoustic Rock

    Acoustic Rock
    1 song

    Alt Country

    2 songs

Albums by
Nathaniel Rateliff

Top Songs by
Nathaniel Rateliff

  1.   Song
  2.   S.O.B.
  3.   Wasting Time
  4.   You Should've Seen the Other Guy
  5.   Early Spring Till
  6.   Howling At Nothing
  7.   Trying So Hard Not to Know
  8.   When You're Here
  9.   Nothing To Show For
  10.   Just to Talk to You
  11.   Late Night Party by Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
  12.   Whimper and Wail
  13.   I've Been Failing
  14.   Oil & Lavender
  15.   I'd Be Waiting
  16.   Still Trying
  17.   Laughing
  18.   Three Fingers In
  19.   Out on the Weekend
  20.   A Lamb on the Stone
  21.   What I Need
  22.   Closer
  23.   Pounds and Pounds
  24.   When We Could
  25.   Once in a Great While
  26.   Boil & Fight
  27.   Brakeman
  28.   I Did It
  29.   When Do You See
  30.   Forgetting is Believing
  31.   Right On
  32.   I Am
  33.   Happy Just to Be
  34.   Longing and Losing
  35.   Winded
  36.   Shroud
  37.   How to Make Friends
  38.   Laughter
  39.   Easy
  40.   Liverpool
  41.   You Make All the Noise
  42.   Something Beautiful
  43.   How To Win
  44.   Don't Get Too Close
  45.   Falling Faster Than You Can Run
  46.   We Never Win
  47.   Laborman

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