I guess I’m late to the party on this one, but until I was heading home from Riot Fest in Chicago on Saturday night, I’d never heard NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS. After catching their single “S.O.B” on the radio in the car, I looked them up when I got home, discovering just how badass they are. With a soulful sound that you wouldn’t expect out of a band from Denver, Rateliff’s new, self-titled record was released a last month on the iconic STAX label (via Concord Music Group). I know I haven’t covered much R&B-tinged music here on the site, but I have the STAX box set… DVD… and there’s a framed copy of SAM & DAVE’s “Hold On, I’m Comin'” vinyl above my desk. Being a kid from Chicagoland, THE BLUES BROTHERS is very much in my DNA, and that film (and the Aykroyd/Belushi records) opened that musical door for me. When I saw that Rateliff paid homage to THE BLUES BROTHERS’ “Jailhouse Rock” scene and End Credits in the “S.O.B” video, my respect was immediately secured.
Top Photo Credit: Malia James