If legendary Canadian group The Band had a baton to pass to a 21st century outfit it would go to Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. Just like those Canucks, Rateliff’s music is steeped in country-rootsy, R&B southern gospel and soul. If The Band originated this punchy style of Americana (Canadiana?), Rateliff and his eight-piece band perfected it. Rateliff comes by the influence honestly, having grown up the son of ardent churchgoers in southern Missouri. As a teen he listened to and played exclusively Christian rock - that is until he discovered Lennon and Zeppelin, which changed everything. After fronting a couple of rock bands, Rateliff garnered some success as an introspective singer songwriter. Another shift in style landed him in front of the stage-quaking Night Sweats, complete with horn section. They quickly became known for their live shows, which led to a “you should see this YouTube video” comment from Jimmy Fallon. It landed the band a Tonight Show appearance in 2015. Since then, Rateliff and company signed with Stax Records and have been touring the world with their blue-eyed country tinged soul-quaking performances, winning much critical acclaim and a ton of new fans.
Biography by Eric Rosenbaum