Let me make this totally clear: I don’t like country music. At all. You’ll never find me at a country show. I won’t sing along with it on the radio. Like ever. But I love Nathaniel Rateliff. I still can’t figure out why he’s the exception to my very unbreakable rule, but he is, and we’re going with it.
Last night, Rateliff was joined by The Head And The Heart at The Mann’s Skyline Stage, and if you missed out, then I am very, very sorry. These two bands pair so well together, and the indie folk sound that The Head And The Heart has easily mastered was the perfect thing to sit back and relax to while the sun set over the Philly skyline. They played pretty much all of the crowd favorites, and I was especially happy to hear “Rivers And Roads,” “All We Ever Knew,” and “Lost in My Mind.” I’m really thrilled that they accompanied Rateliff on this tour, because they’ve been on my bucket list for a little while now. The stunning vocal harmonies and hybrid folky rhythms add a modern take to traditional country music, and I loved every second of it. They were really the ideal opener.
Now let’s figure out why everybody’s loving Nathaniel Rateliff right now. Continue reading →