We’re thrilled to share one of 2015’s most important new arrivals as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats make their Austin City Limits debut. Since the release of their self-titled debut album in late August, the band has quickly catapulted into the nation’s musical consciousness. Exploding with deep, ecstatic soulfulness, the LP features deep gut grooves, snaky guitars, churning Hammond, irresistible hornds, and absorbing, fearless songwriting. “The born-again spirit of vintage soul music poured out of the man, measurable mostly in gallons,” raves NPR of the group’s powerful frontman.
Indeed, at certain moments the Missouri-born, Colorado-based Rateliff seems to be channeling greats like Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and The Band, so it’s entirely appropriate that the album arrived via Stax Records. Yet, even as Rateliff honors the gritty, rapturous sound of the legendary Memphis label, he’s also staking out audacious new territory.
“I’m trying to do something that’s emotionally charged and heartfelt,” Rateliff says, “and I want the experience to be joyous. I can remember dancing around to some song that was breakin’ my heart, dacnin’ with tears in my eyes. I love that feeling, and I wanna share it with people, and hopefully they’ll feel it too.” Sold-out shows nationwide have forced numerous venue upgrades in city after city as word of the band’s commanding live performances and the great record they’re currently supporting has quickly spread.