The documentary Austin To Boston gives an honest perspective of life on the road as a modern-day working musician. Not everyone has the luxury of a tour bus, and as a handful of bands cram into several VWs, audiences are introduced to a few new faces in the realm of modern country and folk. Among them are Ben Howard, The Staves, and Nathaniel Rateliff.

Rateliff appears to be the most respected, although there is plenty love to go around. His songs create a journey through the human condition, his voice being the guide. Now with a few solo albums under his belt, Rateliff is expanding his sound by touring with The Night Sweats. The ensemble will crowd a stage, with the typical bass, drums, and guitar being joined by keys and a horn section.

The sound is gritty and reminds of Southern rock, classic country, and one of those really good bar bands. If a simple description of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ sound isn’t enough for you, please take a moment to check out their performance on Jimmy Fallon. Not only is the music perfect and includes several octaves of voices, but Rateliff is a hell of a dancer.

Make sure to check out their upcoming self-titled debut album. It comes out this Friday on none other than Stax Records and is sure to impress fans of an array of genres. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are playing at The Regent next month as well (moved from The Echoplex due to popular demand). “S.O.B.” was enough to convince me I need to be at this show. The song has been stuck in my head for days, and I’m happy to say that the phrase “Sonuvabitch” is again a mainstay of my vocabulary.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Tour Dates:

08/20 – Denver, CO – Twist & Shout In-Store
09/03 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
09/04 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
09/05 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
09/06 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
09/07 – Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot
09/09 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
09/10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
09/12 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
09/17-18 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Blues & Brews
10/28 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club*
10/29 – Milwaukee, WI – Club Garibaldi*
10/30 – Chicago, IL – Park West*
10/31 – Davenport, IA – Codfish Hollow Barn *
11/04 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*
11/05 – Boston, MA – The Royale*
11/07 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s*
11/08 – Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel*
11/10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle—Back Room†
11/11 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle†
11/13 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl†
11/14 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt†
11/16 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa†
11/17 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada†
11/19 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn †
11/20 – Oklahoma City, OK – ACM@UCO: Performance Lab†
11/21 – Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar†

*with Land Lines
†with Caroline Rose

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