“Buy My Round,” the newly written and recorded track from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, premieres today. The song appears on the band’s forthcoming EP, What If I, out on June 2 via Stax. The EP is their first body of work since the acclaimed 2021 album The Future. Listen to/share it HERE.
“’Buy My Round’ is a song about trying to keep a friendship together with someone that keeps pulling away,” says Night Sweats band member Mark Shusterman. “It’s something that had been bouncing around in my head for a while, so I was excited when Nathaniel wanted to help me finish it for this recording. It was great to get to sing together on this one.”
Rateliff furthers, “Mark had been playing this one while we were writing for The Future, but we never got a chance to dig into it. This is our first big collaboration on a song together and it turned out great.” Listen to “Buy My Round” HERE.
This past weekend, Rateliff performed at Willie Nelson’s star-studded 90th Birthday Celebration at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl. As part of the lauded two-day concert event, Rateliff contributed renditions of “A Song for You,” “City of New Orleans” and “I Can Get Off on You,” which was performed as a duet with Margo Price.
Rateliff and the band continue to take their lauded live show on the road this year with an extensive run of worldwide dates this summer – including a headline appearance at the UK’s Black Deer Festival.
The What If I EP features a selection of unreleased songs recorded during The Future sessions as well as the new track “Buy My Round.” All songs on the upcoming project were produced by Bradley Cook (Bon Iver, Kevin Morby, The War on Drugs) and R.M.B.—the production trio of Rateliff, Meese and James Barone (Beach House). In addition, the song “Slow Pace of Time” features Preservation Hall Jazz Band leader and clarinetist Charlie Gabriel.
Last month, the group premiered an alternate version of the track “What If I.” Listen to/share the “What If I (Cook Brothers Version)” HERE.