Every Christmas my daughter usually buys me a CD (along with other presents I may add) and in recent years has bought me albums by Charlie Haden and Keith Jarrett much to my utter delight and subsequent hours of musical enjoyment.
Sort of expecting something similar this year I was a little taken aback when one of her choices was by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. Now I must confess that I had never heard of this band but my daughter assured me I would like them, and who am I to question my daughter’s musical taste.
Well I put the CD into the player in the car and sat back to listen, and what came out brought a huge smile to my face. The obvious influences on the band are the Stax stable of soul artists along with a “soupçon” of Motown thrown in for good measure.
As I sat and listened to each of the tracks I played the “spot the influence” and amongst those that I detected were Arthur Conley, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding. The backing band pay homage to the Stax “house band” of Donald “Duck” Dunn, Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper and Al Jackson, Jr. who played on many of the hits the various Stax artists recorded.
So if you like good old soul music and remember the impact that people like Sam and Dave, Eddie Floyd and the Staple Singers had back in the 1960s I guarantee you will not be disappointed by this album by Nathaniel Rateliff.
I have posted a couple of videos highlighting the bands work.