S.O.B. – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats


That’s pretty much the reaction I had when I heard this song initially.

As mentioned before, I have a few amazing friends with good taste. And I’m not ashamed to admit that I leech off of them from time to time. Katie Krueger is my most visited victim in this audio-assault. Her taste is outstanding.

Rateliff and Co. are an incredibly refreshing old blues/Chicago sound that WILL remind you of the Blues Brothers. And that’s intentional – after all, Stax is in the picture with this group.

Their first album was released this year, and I have a feeling that they’re going to creep into the music scene like a slow-acting poison. They’ll getcha when you least expect it.

Many fans are coming from Jimmy Fallon, and I can appreciate that. It’s always refreshing to hear good music on television.

Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Rateliff's Twitter account, @NRateliff.

Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Rateliff’s Twitter account, @NRateliff.

Initially, I swore this song was “Little Bitty Pretty One,” and I had to rewind a few times to figure out if they were sampling the “hums,” or actually humming them.

In the past, Rateliff released two albums of singer-songwriter material that’s far more subdued than his work with The Night Sweats. This album is where is talent really shines.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Rateliff admitted that some might feel his latest effort is “just more stupid blue-eyed soul.” But the fact that Rateliff is finally being more true to himself is really shining through. The whole album is immensely fun to listen to, and it’s quite the treat to hear such Stax-influenced music being released.

So, go ahead and listen to “S.O.B.” Or the whole album. And I dare you not to dance like Jake and Elwood.


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