Nathaniel Rateliff: From UMS to U.K. and beyond

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Leaving home is hard, sure. But finding your greatest success on a different continent is something much harder.

When Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant recently called the music of Denver troubadour Nathaniel Rateliff “empty, fragmented and poignant,” he was speaking as a fan. When asked to name five artists in his playlist “right now” (last February) Plant put Rateliff at the top.

Three months later, Rateliff was performing live on “Later with Jools Holland,” the British equivalent of “The Tonight Show,” and was nearly a household name one month after that — in the U.K., that is. (more…)