Nathaniel Rateliff

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Nathaniel Rateliff
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats - Twist & Shout - 08.20.15.jpg
Rateliff in 2015
Background information
Birth nameNathaniel David Rateliff
Born (1978-10-07) October 7, 1978 (age 40)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S
OriginHermann, Missouri; Denver, Colorado, United States
Years active2005 (2005)–present
Associated acts

Nathaniel David Rateliff (born October 7, 1978) is an American singer and songwriter based in Denver, whose influences are described as folk, Americana and vintage rhythm & blues.[2] Rateliff has garnered attention with Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, the soulful R&B combo he formed in 2013. He has also released two solo albums and one album under the name Nathaniel Rateliff and the Wheel.[3]


Rateliff was born in St. Louis, MO on October 7, 1978. He grew up in rural Missouri, learning to play the drums at age seven and joining his family's Gospel Band. When Rateliff was 13, his father was killed in a car crash. As a result he taught himself guitar and began writing his own songs.[4] At eighteen, Rateliff moved to Denver for missionary work. After his internal struggles with life in the Church, he left the group and moved home back to Hermann for work in a plastic factory. A few months later he returned to Denver and started work first as a carpenter, then at a trucking depot where he remained (at first in the yard, and then in the dock) for 10 years before becoming a gardener.

2002–2008: Born in the Flood[edit]

In 2002, Rateliff formed Born in the Flood, quickly garnering a large following in Denver and headlining local festivals like the Westword Music Showcase. In Feb, 2007, Born in the Flood released their first full-length album "If This Thing Should Spill".[5] Despite increasing success with Born in the Flood, Rateliff turned down an offer from Roadrunner Records, and shifted his focus to a more stripped-down, solo effort, playing somber, singer-songwriter content under his name and "Nathaniel Rateliff and the Wheel".[6]

2007–2014: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Wheel[edit]

In 2007, while still performing with Born in the Flood, Rateliff began recording and performing more personal, somber content both solo and with BitF bandmate and lifetime collaborator Joseph Pope III (bass/guitar/vibes/organ/harmonica). The project expanded with more live performances, adding Julie Davis (upright bass/vocals), Carrie Beeder (organ/violin), James Han (keys/vibes), and Ben Desoto (drums/flute).[7] Shortly after the breakup of Born in the Flood, Rateliff released Desire and Dissolving Men on Public Service Records. Nathaniel Rateliff then released In Memory of Loss in the USA on Rounder Records in May 2010, and then in the UK on Decca in March 2011.[8] In Memory of Loss was recorded with producer Brian Deck (Iron & Wine).[9][10] On September 17, 2013, Rateliff released [11] Falling Faster Than You Can Run on Mod y Vi Records. On the same day he set out on a tour with The Lumineers and Dr. Dog, in support of the album.[citation needed]

2013–present: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats[edit]

Beginning in 2013, while still performing and recording with earlier solo and group projects, Rateliff embarked on a more upbeat, soulful sound with longtime collaborator Joseph Pope III and other collaborators in shows around Denver and Boulder.[12][13] On June 24, 2015, the self-titled release of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats via Stax Records was announced with the lead single being "S.O.B.".[14] The Night Sweats feature Joseph Pope III (bass), Mark Shusterman (keyboards) and Patrick Meese (drums).[15] Other band members include Luke Mossman (guitar), Wesley Watkins (trumpet), and Andy Wild (saxophone).[1] According to the Los Angeles Times, this was "an album Rateliff made as a last-ditch effort before throwing in the towel on his music career, only to see it go viral and turn into a runaway hit."[16]

In November 2016, he released the 8-track EP A Little More From...[17] Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats released a new album titled Tearing at the Seams on March 9, 2018.[18] The band shared the record’s lead single “You Worry Me". Produced by Richard Swift and being offered in 12-track standard and 14-track deluxe editions, the band assembled in Rodeo, New Mexico for the initial writing and recording sessions for the album.[19]

"You Worry Me" is built on an insistent, swaggering pulse, and powered by echo-heavy guitars and throbbing bass and drums, with horns joining midway through as Rateliff sings a message of support and encouragement to someone who appears to be losing faith.[16]

— Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times

Also, in 2016 Nathaniel did a KIA commercial, where it starts with him playing guitar.

In February 2018, "You Worry Me", the lead single from Tearing at the Seams, their second studio album, hit number one on the Adult Alternative Songs charts. It would later hit the top 10 on the Alternative Songs chart in June 2018. Tearing at the Seams was released on March 9, 2018. The album debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200 for the week of March 24, 2018, and debuted on the Alternative Albums chart at number 5.


Rateliff developed a dedicated following within the Denver music community.[20] The New York Times dubbed him a Denver local folk-pop hero.[21] Spin praised his "massive, alluring" voice.[citation needed] Billboard dubbed the unsigned singer-songwriter a "must hear."[22] This wave of acclaim led to a solo tour opening for The Fray, which brought his work to the attention of national and international audiences. Rateliff was featured on the late-night music television series Later... with Jools Holland on BBC in 2011.[23] Rateliff has also shared the stage with artists such as Bon Iver, Mason Jennings, Iron & Wine, Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka, The Low Anthem, Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling and Rosanne Cash, among others,[24] including The Lumineers in Denver for the United States presidential election debates, 2012.[25] On August 5, 2015, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats made their late-night television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.[26] The band played Ontario's Wayhome festival and Austin City Limits in 2016.[27]


Studio albums[edit]

as Nathaniel Rateliff and the Wheel
  • Nathaniel Rateliff and the Wheel: Desire and Dissolving Men (2007)
  • In Memory of Loss (May 2010, Rounder Records — US; March 2011, Decca — UK)
  • Shroud EP (January 2011, Decca — UK)
  • Falling Faster Than You Can Run (September 2013, Mod y Vi Records — US)
as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (August 2015, Stax Records)
  • A Little Something More from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (EP) (November 2016, Stax Records)
  • Live at Red Rocks (November 2017, Stax Records)
  • Tearing at the Seams (March 2018, Stax Records)


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Alt
US Main.
US Rock
"You Should've Seen the Other Guy" 2011 In Memory of Loss
"S.O.B." 2015 [A] 3 1 18 8 7 36 58 9 183 Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
"Look It Here" 7 [B]
"I Need Never Get Old" 2016 26 5 43 3
"Wasting Time"[42] 21
"Out on the Weekend" [C] A Little Something More
"You Worry Me" 2018 8 1 18 26 Tearing at the Seams
"A Little Honey" 2 [D]
"Coolin' Out"
(featuring Lucius)
"Hey Mama" 14
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ "S.O.B." did not enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, which acts as an extension of the Billboard Hot 100.[38]
  2. ^ "Look It Here" did not enter the Rock Songs chart, but peaked at number 50 on the US Rock Airplay chart.[41]
  3. ^ "Out On The Weekend" did not enter the Flanders Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 6 on the Ultratip chart.[33]
  4. ^ "A Little Honey" did not enter the Rock Songs chart, but peaked at number 40 on the US Rock Airplay chart.[41]
  5. ^ "Coolin' Out" did not enter the Flanders Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 13 on the Ultratip chart.[33]

Music videos[edit]


  • "Still Trying" (2014)

as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

  • "Look It Here" (2015)
  • "Howling at Nothing" (2015)
  • "Howling at Nothing" (Director's Cut) (2015)
  • "S.O.B." (2015)
  • "I Need Never Get Old" (2016)
  • "Wasting Time" (2016)
  • "A Little Honey" (2018)


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  22. ^ "The Revival Tour 2012". Ticketflly, Inc.
  23. ^ "Later... With Jools Holland – Episode 8". BBC.
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