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SXSW 2018: Thursday night at Luck Reunion (part 2) and back to downtown Austin – 15th March 2018

 
By on Tuesday, 24th April 2018 at 2:00 pm
 

If you haven’t read part 1 of my Luck Reunion recap, you can find it back here.

After a busy afternoon of fine music, the sun started to set over Willie Nelson‘s Luck Ranch, and I made my way to the World Headquarters stage, where a full docket of fine music was scheduled for the evening. The crowd had already begun to gather in anticipation of the later acts, and they were enthusiastic in their support of Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real. Lukas Nelson, for those not in the know, is Willie Nelson’s son, but he and his surf-tinged country rock band have a dedicated following in their own right. His fans were especially delighted when he was joined on stage by a pair of special guests, Margo Price and Kurt Vile.

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Price made only a brief cameo after her surprise performance in the Luck Chapel earlier in the day, but Vile’s appearance segued into his own solo set, which received a surprisingly muted response from the Nelson family diehards in the crowd. Vile played songs from his own 2015 LP ‘b’lieve i’m goin down’ with assistance from the Promise of the Real, as well as a particularly moving solo cover of Bob Dylan‘s ‘Roll on John’.

Kurt Vile

There was a rather long interlude after Vile’s set, and dusk fittingly turned to dark before Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats took the stage. Rateliff has become quite the showman with the success of his two most recent albums, the 2015 breakthrough self-titled LP and brand new release ‘Tearing at the Seams’, and he didn’t disappoint the eager fans at Luck. He and his band tore through tracks from both albums, joined near the end by members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (who also played earlier in the day) for a blistering finale leading into the evening’s main event.

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That highly anticipated main event was, of course, a performance by the man himself, Willie Nelson. Nelson was joined on stage by a cast of family and friends, including son Lukas, for a set chock full of well-worn but well-loved tunes, including ‘Whiskey River’, ‘Beer for My Horses’ (which always made me laugh when I was a little girl) and ‘Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys’.

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Fans in the audience were clearly primed to hear all the Willie Nelson classics they knew and loved, and Nelson didn’t disappoint. The strains of his final singalong were ringing in my ears as I made my way through the crowd to head back downtown, and I couldn’t resist a final look at the gathering as I departed. Lest we forget, among all the great old tunes of Willie Nelson’s storied past, the 84-year-old songwriter has a brand new album coming out on the 27th of April, called ‘Last Man Standing.’ Have a listen to its title track through here.

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Photo courtesy of James Joiner capturing the atmosphere of fellowship perfectly

Though internet access at the Luck Ranch had been spotty throughout the day, I was able to call an Uber to get back into Austin to catch two more shows downtown before calling it a night. I was thankful for my SXXpress pass when I arrived at the already crowded Mohawk to see British ex-pat Bishop Briggs, who has taken the alt-rock scene by storm since I last saw her in Phoenix in 2016. Her debut album ‘Church of Scars’, featuring hit tracks ‘White Flag’ and ‘River’, has just been released as this article goes to press.

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My final stop on this truly incredible day was at the Palm Door on Sixth, where diehard English troubadour Frank Turner was on stage for a solo set. Turner is a regular fixture at SXSW, and his fans turned up in droves for this showcase hoping to hear their favourite tunes. Turner obliged them to a degree, but quickly shifted focus to songs from his forthcoming album ‘Be More Kind’, including the recently released and pointedly political single ‘Make America Great Again’. Check out its charming promo video, filmed in Austin during SXSW, right through here.

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Seeing Turner’s relentless energy and enthusiasm for his new songs was a particular highlight of SXSW for me, even after the amazing songwriting I’d been privy to all day long at the Luck Reunion. Thursday at SXSW 2018 was a remarkable day indeed, and one I won’t soon forget. Many hearty thanks to the Luck Reunion organisers, as well as to all the artists featured here.

 

TGTF Guide to SXSW 2018: best bets among American artists showcasing at this year’s SXSW

 
By on Wednesday, 28th February 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Header photo: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats by Brantley Gutierrez

As you might expect with an American music festival, SXSW is typically heavy on American showcasing artists, and SXSW 2018 won’t be any different. This year’s music festival lineup features a load of big names that you’ve probably heard before, along with a few new ones that, if they’re not familiar already, likely will become so very soon.

Our ongoing preview coverage of SXSW 2018 has already highlighted a few up-and-coming artists on the showcase schedule, including grunge rock band Bully and alt-country singer Courtney Marie Andrews. Perhaps the most intriguing of these is elusive Los Angeles alt-rock trio Lo Moon, who made mild waves with their SXSW appearance last year. I expect them to make a bigger splash this time around, on the strength of their just released self-titled LP, which includes new track ‘Wonderful Life’.

Among the major players heading to SXSW 2018 are a handful of TGTF alums who have broken through to mainstream success. We first covered songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff way back in 2011, but the course of his career dramatically changed in 2015, when he convened a new band called the Night Sweats and released their hit self-titled album. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats have recently announced a brand new LP called ‘Tearing at the Seams’, which is due for release just before SXSW on the 9th of March and features lead track ‘You Worry Me’.

North Carolina alt-pop duo Sylvan Esso previewed songs from their 2017 album ‘What Now’ at a surprise SXSW 2016 show; their appearance this year could once again herald new music on the horizon. Austin native David Ramirez wasn’t in top form when I saw him at SXSW 2017, but he may be in better shape this year, playing songs from his beautiful recent album ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere’, which he has toured extensively since its release. SXSW 2015 showcasing artist Natalie Prass has just announced a brand new album ‘The Future and The Past’ due out on the 1st of June; she will presumably highlight its soul-tinged single ‘Short Court Style’ on her showcases in Austin next month.

Among other past TGTF mentions on the SXSW 2018 list are Nashville singer/songwriter Liza Anne, who will release her new album ‘Fine But Dying’ on the 9th of March and Milwaukee quartet Field Report, whose new album ‘Summertime Songs’ is previewed in the stream of ‘Never Look Back’ just below. Fellow Nashville singer Tristen and Philadelphia duo Vita and the Woolf, both acts we’ve coincidentally covered in conjunction with Irish alt-rockers Bell X1, also made the showcase list for this year’s festival in Austin, along with New York’s Sunflower Bean, who showcased at SXSW 2016, and L.A. rock band Warbly Jets, who made an appearance at SXSW last year.

American artists new to TGTF include Albert Hammond, Jr. of The Strokes fame, and Buck Meek of alt-rock band Big Thief, neither of whom we’ve seen in a solo capacity before. Satellite radio listeners here in the U.S. might already be familiar with Mt. Joy and NoMBe, who have both been featured on SiriusXM Alt-Nation, while public radio devotees will no doubt have heard Portland singer/songwriter Haley Heynderickx and New Orleans funk/soul group Tank and the Bangas on NPR.

For dedicated indie fans, a pair of duo acts, Denver’s Tennis and Baltimore’s Wye Oak have made the SXSW shout list, along with the always eccentric Okkervil River. In the heavily represented Americana category, sure winners include a trio of Nashville acts: singer/songwriter Nikki Lane, country rock trio Liz Cooper and the Stampede and veteran country/bluegrass collective Old Crow Medicine Show.

Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2018 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts and artists and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite artist is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the artist’s Facebook or official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

 

Live Gig Videos: Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats play ‘I Need Never Get Old’ and ‘S.O.B.’ in Los Angeles

 
By on Wednesday, 3rd February 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats released their self-titled debut album last summer (Carrie reviewed it here and it’s already garnering the Denver-based musician and his band a lot of attention. Most recently, Britney Spears herself last week posted some video onto her Instagram of the salacious dancing she did in nothing but her underwear to ‘Son of a Bitch’, which sparked this hilarious parody from Rateliff himself. Now we’ve got live videos from the group, so if you’re having a hohum first week of February like we are, you’ll enjoy this.

Last month, the band played a show at the El Rey in Los Angeles. That’s where these performances of ‘I Need Never Get Old’ and the aforementioned ‘S.O.B.’ were filmed. Watch them below. For all of TGTF’s coverage of Nathaniel Rateliff as a solo artist as well as with his band the Night Sweats, go here.

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Album Review: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats – Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

 
By on Monday, 17th August 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

NRNS_CoverNathaniel Rateliff’s last full-length album ‘Falling Faster Than You Can Run’ was, to say the least, a bit intimidating. His more recent EP ‘Closer’, released last winter, was frosty and austere, but it was also quite a bit more inviting. Now, at the pinnacle of summer, Rateliff has cranked up the temperature and the intimacy with a new LP titled ‘Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats’. Recorded with a full seven-piece ensemble, this album fairly radiates with heat—the band aren’t called the Night Sweats for nothing. They add an element of rhythmic energy and intensity to Rateliff’s already soulful sound, playing perfectly into the retro r&b vibe of this new set of songs.

The first half of the album flies by at a frenetic pace, with four-to-the-floor rhythms and exuberant brass instrumentation. Rateliff’s lyrics are full of pent-up energy and emotion. The opening of early single ‘Howling at Nothing’ immediately brings to mind the similar r&b stylings of Leon Bridges, but where Bridges is suave and smooth, Rateliff is gravelly and gritty. The rhythmic sensuality works equally well in either context, the former creating a slow burning effect and the latter fully bursting into flames.

The energy level is particularly remarkable on ‘Trying So Hard Not to Know’, a raw soulful number whose backing vocals help Rateliff’s voice cut through the raucous instrumental arrangement. In contrast, the somewhat softer dynamic of ‘I’ve Been Failing’ employs a gospel chorus underlay as the chorus “don’t you weep, don’t you worry” slowly builds to the desperate promise “I’ve been failing you, but I can’t stop trying”.

The first half of the LP culminates with ‘S.O.B.’, a foot-stomping, hand-clapping romp about drowning one’s sorrows in drink. The harmonies of the “oh-oh-oh” chorus are an ironic allusion to southern gospel, and the repeated lines “my heart is breakin’ / my hands are shakin’ / bugs are crawlin’ all over me” call to mind the ecstatic preachings of a rapturous minister. But make no mistake, this song would not be considered appropriate to most churches. Rateliff preaches his version of the gospel in the prison-themed official video for ‘S.O.B’; you can see it for yourself just below.

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The overall tempo slows somewhat in the album’s second half, adopting a sort of country-bar-jukebox-at-the-end-of-a-long-night feeling, with the wailing slide guitar of ‘Wasting Time’, the simple repetitive chorus of ‘Thank You’, and the slow, mellow sway of ‘I’d Be Waiting’. Even the horns in uptempo single ‘Look It Here’ have a slightly mellower sound as compared to the earlier tracks, and the lusty innuendo in the bridge lyric “I got a love so hard I can’t stand it” creates a perfect thematic segue into the starkly rhythmic and blatantly sexual following track ‘Shake’. Final track ‘Mellow Out’ is energetic but laid-back, its “do-do-do-do” chorus balancing out the anxious energy of the initial track sequence.

On ‘Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats’, Rateliff and his cohorts have found a way to make Rateliff’s brutally honest and unapologetically emotional songwriting accessible to a wide audience of listeners. In the album’s press release, Rateliff was open about that goal: “I’m trying to do something that’s emotionally charged and heartfelt, and I want the experience to be joyous, for people to feel excited and dance around instead of being super-bummed by reality—I mean, things are hard. But I can remember dancing around to some song that was breakin’ my heart, dancin’ with tears in my eyes. I love that feeling, and I wanna share it with people, and hopefully they’ll feel it too.” Mission accomplished, Mr. Rateliff, and well done indeed.

8.5/10

‘Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats’ is due for release on the 21st of August via Stax/Caroline International. Rateliff and the full band have scheduled a tour of the UK for this autumn. You can find all past TGTF coverage of Nathaniel Rateliff by clicking here.

 

Video of the Moment #1886: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

 
By on Saturday, 15th August 2015 at 10:00 am
 

Nathaniel Rateliff, along with his new band The Night Sweats, will be releasing a new eponymous album next Friday, the 21st of August. Ahead of the release, he’s unveiled a promo video for single ‘Look It Here’, which Carrie reviewed last month. From the live performance video from this year’s Bushstock 2015 back in June, it looks like the band’s shows will be a hoot; you can catch them live in the UK and Ireland in September and October. Watch the new promo below.

‘Look It Here’ will drop a week after the new album, on the 28th of August on Stax Records / Caroline International. For more on all things Nathaniel Rateliff on TGTF, head this way.

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Single Review: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats – Look It Here

 
By on Thursday, 30th July 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

American folk rocker Nathaniel Rateliff is back with a new band and a new eponymously titled album ‘Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats’. Though the album isn’t scheduled for release until August, Rateliff and the band have already garnered rave reviews for the new material at their recent live shows, including appearances at Latitude and the Newport Folk Festival.

The album’s first single ‘Look It Here’ has an immediately uptempo sound, in stark contrast to Rateliff’s introspective ‘Closer’ EP from last winter and the predominantly dark undertones of his previous solo LP ‘Falling Faster Than You Can Run’. The track opens in a surprisingly jubilant fashion, with a full complement of horns and pounding drums behind Rateliff’s soulful vocal line “look it here baby, I’m coming home, on my knees, begging please”. Earnest and straightforward, the song builds to a passionate plea in the bridge that takes full advantage of the raw emotionality in Rateliff’s rough-hewn vocal delivery.

Both ‘Look It Here’ and the earlier teaser for album track ‘Howling at Nothing’ indicate a move toward a warm r&b soul flavour that suits Rateliff’s singing voice perfectly. The rich tapestry of sound contributed by the Night Sweats is a toe-tapping, hip-swaying change of pace that will leave both longtime Rateliff fans and new listeners begging for more.

9/10

‘Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats’ the album is due for release on the 28th of August via Nashville record label Stax and Caroline International. The new single ‘Look It Here’ will be released on the 21st of August, but if instant gratification is what you need, you can stream it now below.

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats will be on tour in the UK in September and October of this year; you can find all the details here. For a look back at previous TGTF coverage of Nathaniel Rateliff, head right this way.

 
 
 

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