This is by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, out­ta Den­ver, from 2015. You’ve prob­a­bly heard it on a ra­dio near you. It’s a fine, stir­ring, up­lift­ing tune that hap­pens to be about detox.

I don’t know much about Ratelif­f, but the first time the song grabbed my at­ten­tion and I start­ed lis­ten­ing se­ri­ous­ly, my eyes widened and I was think­ing “sounds like deleri­um tremens.” Sev­er­al peo­ple who are very close to me are al­co­holics  —  all now sober at least for the mo­men­t, thank good­ness  —  and so I’ve seen the dark side of that street but I’ve on­ly ev­er read about deleri­um tremen­s. Wel­l, and now en­joyed a song about it.

Daniel Rateliff Dancing

Any­how, it’s a fast song with a great tune and won­der­ful ar­range­men­t, and Rateliff’s voice stands way out among the male pop­ster­s, the ones on my ra­dio any­how. It’s rich and tex­tured and su­per tune­ful. All else be­ing equal, I’d gen­er­al­ly rather lis­ten to wom­en sing, but I sure do like this guy’s chop­s.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on Spo­ti­fy, Ama­zon, iTunes. It turns that Rateliff is a strong,­com­mit­ted per­former, too; here’s a well-shot well-performed pair­ing of S.O.B. and the old Band num­ber Shape I’m In. If he comes any­where near me, I’m go­ing to go see the show.


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From: Rob (May 06 2018, at 10:27)

Naw, thats just detox he's talking (singing) about. DTs are a whole 'nuther beast entirely. Sonofabitch.

Judging by the his looks (and I've seen the Night Sweats live as well as the YouTube vids), and the name of the band, and some of his stage patter, well, I'd say he knows whereof he speaks, mos' probably. Good times.


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