Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
No one has had such an amazing route into professional music as Nathaniel Rateliff. He had to quit his first regular job as a truck driver because of sleep disorders. He learned to play piano – he could already plays drums and guitar – and recorded a folk album that won him a place on a European tour in 2010 with Mumford & Sons. Rateliff really came into his own once he discovered blues and soul and built a sleek band around himself. Jimmy Fallon gave the final decisive push in 2015. A performance on his ‘Tonight Show’ elicited this tweet the next morning: “That guy the other night - son of a bitch.” Signed, Paul McCartney. Nathaniel Rateliff and his Night Sweats are the hottest soul revue around today. They underlined this point masterfully with ‘The Future’ (2022). It’s looking bright.