Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

I discovered Nathaniel Rateliff a couple months ago and still can't get enough of his music.  He has a wide range of vocal styles from ballad to blues, and he has a powerful command of words- he can paint a stunningly vivid mental picture of a scene with a guitar, a microphone, and a couple back-up musicians. 

What I love about his story is what he's overcome to get where he is.  He's originally from a musical family from Hermann, Missouri where he would play the drums for the family band.  Originally he thought of himself as a future drummer, but then started writing, and because his dad had taught him how to sing the different harmonies, he had that under his belt and eventually, he moved to Denver, Colorado to pursue his musical career.  He almost gave up on his dream while still in relative obscurity, and he struggled with an alcohol addiction for decades before one day going into a delirium and begging people to take him to a place to dry out, nobody believing that he really needed help.  Once he got clean, he had "a lot more time to write songs", he says.  He put together the Night Sweats, the back-up portion of his band, and has now burst out onto the scene, appearing recently on Jimmy Fallon for an unbelievable performance.  I've heard him while working out at GoodLife Fitness and blaring in the car next to me at a red light in downtown Regina.

His most recognizable song is Son of a Bitch, about his drinking, and you can tell in his voice that he's aching from being so tired of his addiction, but it also just makes you want to get up and dance. 

Rateliff seems to be an Enneagram 9w8 because in his interviews he's quite self-effacing like a Nine, dumbing himself down a bit, but he has a subtly smart, unassuming, driven focus to his work like a powerful Eight would have.  According to Riso and Hudson, there aren't as many 9w8's in the world, so when you find them it's a special treat (although they do say George W. Bush was a 9w8- which I guess makes sense because there's that "oh I'm just a dumb ol teddy bear" exterior with a powerful laser focus underneath that is aimed at getting exactly what he wants.  You just know people are [mis]underestimating him and he's smarter than he portrays himself to be.)

Anyway, I'm glad Rateliff is using his powers for good, I just love his story of overcoming and I hope he goes far.