Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Q&A: Nathaniel Rateliff Relishes the Chance to Work on Berry's Posthumous Project

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Q&A: Nathaniel Rateliff Relishes the Chance to Work on Berry's Posthumous Project

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When folk rocker Nathaniel Rateliff of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats was approached about being part of Chuck Berry's final album, "Chuck," the response was an easy one.

"Of course. I was flattered and excited to do it," says Rateliff, a Hermann, Mo., native whose parents "used to party at Berry Park."

"It wasn't just the song but the opportunity to work with Chuck Berry, the father of rock 'n' roll. He's a legend. All the work he did to get people together ... he has an amazing history."

Rateliff, who never got to meet Berry, lends backing vocals to the song "Big Boys," the set's first single. He recorded his parts in Denver and mailed them in.

"I was hoping they would like them and use them, and it worked."

Q * When did you first discover Chuck Berry's music? …

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