Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats share soulful song “Look It Here” — listen

Denver’s Nathaniel Rateliff has built up a passionate folk rock following over the last few years. He’s released a handful of albums, originally with his band The Wheel and then a pair of solo LPs. In concert, however, he’s earned an entirely different reputation, one where his yawp of a baritone elevates his music to an intensity untapped on record. He began to scratch the surface of this energy with his recent Closer EP, but he’s finally captured the true ferocity of his live prowess by taking his backing band The Night Sweats into the studio and recording a new self-titled record.

It may take fans a minute to adjust to the rowdy soul pop of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, but once they do, it will prove well worth the acclimation. Due out August 21st on the legendary Stax Records, the album was first previewed with the barroom swinger “S.O.B.”. Now, Rateliff is showing just how freakin’ good he is at this soul thing with the new track “Look It Here”.

Drums and bass stomp deep and hard right from the first notes, driving forward this song of hard, desperate love. Horns accompany organs that ring out with quintessential Stax vibes, even as some sturdy guitar work links back to Rateliff’s folksier recordings. As is so often the case in a live setting, it’s Rateliff’s own vocals that seal the deal on the track. He keeps things classically soul with the harmonies on the verses, but let’s it all rip on the bridge as he bellows, “I’ve got a love so hard I can’t stand it/ and with a heart so weak and abandoned!” Take a listen:

Rateliff and his Night Sweats will head back on the road later this summer, beginning with their festival debut at Newport Folk. Check their full itinerary beneath the tracklisting.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Tracklist:

01. I Never Need Get Old

02. Howling At Nothing

03. Trying So Hard Not To Know

04. I’ve Been Failing

05. S.O.B.

06. Wasting Time

07. Thank You

08. Look It Here

09. Shake

10. I’d Be Waiting

11. Mellow Out

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats 2015 Tour Dates:

07/26 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival

08/02 – Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish Hollow Barnstormers

08/03 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House

08/08-09 – Edmonton, ON @ Edmonton Folk Fest

08/13 – Paonia, CO @ Pickin’ in the Park

08/16 – Ft. Collins, CO @ Bohemian Nights @ NewWestFest

09/03 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room

09/04 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux

09/05 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

09/07 – Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot

09/09 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel

09/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

09/12 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

09/17-18 – Telluride, CO @ Telluride Blues & Brews

10/28 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

10/30 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

10/31 – Davenport, IA @ The Village Theater

11/04 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

11/05 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott

11/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

11/08 – Washington, DC @ DC9

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 @ Stubb’s Jr.

11/20 – Oklahoma City, OK @ ACM@UCO: Performance Lab

11/21 – Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar

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