As you wake up this morning ready to face the final week of 2015 a good way to get things started is with some sweet music. So with Day 6 of Chris’ 31 Days of Music we give you the soulful sounds of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.
The self-titled record from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats is an example of why there should never be rules or set patterns in music. Rateliff and crew take folk flavored music, kick it up a notch with a bit of rock then smother the hell out of it with smooth Southern soul. The icing on the cake is the soulful vocals from Rateliff, who is very likely Sam Cooke reincarnate.
The album is a step back in time pulling from the soul music popular during the 50’s and 60’s but like other bands popular today they add new twists and turns. While the heart and soul is the rhythm section, horns and Rateliff’s vocals the rocking guitar solo on “Howling at Nothing”, the pedal steel on “Wasting Time” and a jazzy beat on “I’d Be Waiting” are simple nuances that keep the album from being “copycatish”. The track “S.O.B.” may be the highlight of the record. A gospel tinged number explodes into an upbeat party about sobering up. Lyrically it is a solid outing with Rateliff waling about life, ladies and lovin’” like few others have.
From start to finish the record never skips a beat leaving listener wanting more of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.
31 Days of Music
Day 6 – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – Self-titled
Day 7 – Father John Misty – I Love You, Honey Bear
Day 8 – Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
Day 9 – Quaildogs – The Getting Old Factory
Day 10 – Blackfoot Gypsies – Handle It
Day 11 – Sydney Eloise & the Palms – Faces
Day 12 – Cedric Burnside Project – Descendants of Hill Country
Day 13 – Bohannons – Black Cross, Black Shield
Day 14 – Feral – Automatic Biters
Day 15 – Futurebirds – Hotel Parties
Day 16 – Ike Reilly – Born on Fire
Day 17 – Blue Blood – This Is The Life
Day 18 – Patrick Sweany – Daytime Turned to Nighttime
Day 19 – Mark Utley’s Bulletville – Bulletville
Day 20 – Porter – This Red Mountain
Day 21 – Left Lane Cruiser – Dirty Spliff Blues
Day 22 – Leon – Bridges
Day 23 – Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Ruffian’s Misfortune
Day 24 – Kent Goolsby & the Gold Standard – No Substitute for Handsome
Day 25 – Tedo Stone – Marshes
Day 26 – The Mountain Goats – Beat the Champ
Day 27 – American Aquarium – Wolves
Day 28 – Strange Majik – Lights On
Day 29 – Banditos – Banditos
Day 30 – The Juliana Hatfield Three – Whatever, My Love
Day 31 – Barrence Whitfield & the Savages – Under the Savage Sky