Nathaniel Rateliff Unveils Video for 'What A Drag'
Today, Nathaniel Rateliff unveils a Danny Clinch-directed video for his new track, "What A Drag," the second song he's shared from his forthcoming solo album, And It's Still Alright, which is set for release on February 14 via Stax Records.
Watch the video below!
The acclaimed director and photographer comments, "I was excited to work on this tune the moment I heard its moody cinematic opening. I felt we could make a strange little film that would allow the viewer to make their own interpretation of what the song and video means to them."
And It's Still Alright's lead single and title track was the #1 most added song at Triple A Radio in its first week of release. TIME noted, "...his new solo work takes him in a gentler acoustic direction, which is echoed across his upcoming album. His baritone has a lovely ragged edge, the sort of lived-in voice that seems suited for a campfire and a country lullaby." In addition, Rolling Stone featured the album on their list of the "Most Anticipated Albums of 2020," while Rateliff returned to "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" to perform "And It's Still Alright." Watch the performance here: http://bit.ly/2FP2759
When Rateliff began writing for the new album, the songs initially centered on the pain of his unraveling relationship, but the theme of the album took a different direction when Richard Swift, his longtime friend and producer of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats' two acclaimed albums, passed away in July 2018. Across the 10 tracks on And It's Still Alright, you can feel Rateliff faltering but never losing hope-hope that it's all part of a bigger plan. While the songs are quieter and more reflective than the exuberant soul The Night Sweats have become famous for, they are no less urgent and indelible, as he pushes the boundaries and finds new depths in his songwriting-a singular voice embarking on a personal exploration of love, loss and perseverance.
To record And It's Still Alright, Rateliff returned to Swift's studio, National Freedom, in Cottage Grove, Oregon. He was joined by co-producers Patrick Meese (longtime collaborator and The Night Sweats drummer) and James Barone (Beach House drummer), who both also engineered and mixed the record. The album features additional contributions from Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa violinist), Luke Mossman (The Night Sweats guitarist), Elijah Thomson (Everest bassist), Daniel Creamer (The Texas Gentlemen keyboardist) and Eric Swanson (steel guitarist).
Rateliff's nearly sold out And It's Still Alright tour will feature various aspects of his stellar musicianship, ranging from stripped-back moments with just his voice and acoustic guitar, to a full band accompaniment and four piece string section. The extensive run of theater shows begins in Minneapolis on March 3 and includes multiple shows at New York's Town Hall and Los Angeles' Theatre at Ace Hotel, with additional stops at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, D.C.'s The Anthem and Colorado's renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater. The few tickets that remain can be purchased at nathanielrateliff.com.
AND IT'S STILL ALRIGHT TRACKLIST
1. What a Drag
2. And It's Still Alright
3. All Or Nothing
4. Expecting To Lose
5. Tonight #2
7. You Need Me
8. Time Stands
9. Kissing Our Friends
10. Rush On
AND IT'S STILL ALRIGHT TOUR
February 1-Ann Arbor, MI-Ann Arbor Folk Festival
February 22-New York, NY-Live from Here with Chris Thile at Town Hall
March 3-Minneapolis, MN-State Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 4-Minneapolis, MN-State Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 5-Milwaukee, WI-Riverside Theater* SOLD OUT
March 6-Chicago, IL-The Chicago Theatre† SOLD OUT
March 8-Toronto, ON-Roy Thomson Hall* SOLD OUT
March 9-Toronto, ON-Roy Thomson Hall*
March 10-Boston, MA-Orpheum Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 12-New York, NY-The Town Hall‡ SOLD OUT
March 13-New York, NY-The Town Hall‡ SOLD OUT
March 14-Washington DC-The Anthem‡ SOLD OUT
March 16-Pittsburgh, PA-Byham Theater‡ SOLD OUT
March 17-Indianapolis, IN-Old National Centre‡
March 19-St. Louis, MO-Stifel Theatre‡
March 20-Nashville, TN-Ryman Auditorium‡ SOLD OUT
March 21-Atlanta, GA-Tabernacle‡ SOLD OUT
April 2-Los Angeles, CA-The Theatre at Ace Hotel§
April 3-Los Angeles, CA-The Theatre At The Ace Hotel§ SOLD OUT
April 4-San Francisco, CA-Palace Of Fine Arts§ SOLD OUT
April 5-San Francisco, CA-Palace Of Fine Arts§ SOLD OUT
April 18-North Charleston, SC-High Water Fest
August 26-Morrison, CO-Red Rocks Amphitheatre**
*with Courtney Marie Andrews
†with Damien Jurado
‡with Sam Evian and Hannah Cohen
§with The Still Tide
**with Kevin Morby
photo credit: Rett Rogers