Back in the fall, Nathaniel Rateliff announced his first solo album in nearly seven years, And It’s Still Alright. Today, the Night Sweats frontman has revealed more details about the effort, as well as its title track.
Due out February 14th via Stax Records, the 10-track effort was recorded at Oregon’s National Freedom, the studio home of Rateliff’s late friend and collaborator Richard Swift. Joining Rateliff for the sessions were DeVotchKa violinist Tom Hagerman, Everest bassist Elijah Thomson, keyboardist Daniel Creamer of The Texas Gentlemen, steel guitarist Eric Swanson, and The Night Sweats’ own guitarist Luke Mossman. A pair of drummers — The Night Sweats’ Patrick Meese and Beach House’s James Barone — co-produced, engineered, and mixed the LP.
And It’s Still Alright is a step away from the rowdy soul of The Night Sweats. With his husky voice and a heart full of sorrow, Rateliff instead steps towards Americana balladry as he deals with divorce, sobriety, and the death of Swift. “I was always drawn to do a record that maybe no one’s going to love, but you do it because it’s important to you,” he told Rolling Stone. “… It’s nice to be able to just write songs because you’d like the idea of writing songs and being able to work through your own shit.”
The album’s title track finds Rateliff convincing himself to find hope amidst the darkness. “They say you learn a lot out there/ How to scorch and burn/ Gonna have to bury your friends/ Then you’ll find it gets worse,” he sings, ending every verse with the short refrain, “But it’s still alright.”
Take a listen via the Rett Rogers-directed video below, followed by the And It’s Still Alright album art and tracklist. You can also catch Rateliff on his previously announced “And It’s Still Alright Tour” by getting tickets here. A press release notes the shows will feature solo acoustic material as well as full-band and four-piece string section accompaniment.
And It’s Still Alright Artwork:
And It’s Still Alright Tracklist:
01. What a Drag
02. And It’s Still Alright
03. All or Nothing
04. Expecting to Lose
05. Tonight #2
07. You Need Me
08. Time Stands
09. Kissing Our Friends
10. Rush On