He's got a hustler's shuck 'n' jive and a jackleg preacher's rant 'n' rave — sonofabitch, it's Nathaniel Rateliff. The man manages to take the dark side of Americana and mash with it the bright. Born in rural Mississippi, when Rateliff opens his mouth to sing, you know it's from a real place. Soulful and genuine rock 'n' roll for your ass.
Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats warm up the affair for Kings of Leon on Wednesday, August 2, at Darien Lake Amphitheater, 9993 Alleghany Road, Darien Center. 7 p.m. $20-$154. livenation.com; nathanielrateliff.com.