“CMT Crossroads: Nathaniel Rateliff & Margo Price” to premiere Friday, March 26th at 10PM ET
CMT today announced acclaimed musician Nathaniel Rateliff, backed by longtime band The Nights Sweats, and country singer-songwriter Margo Price will take the stage together for an upcoming installment of the iconic music series “CMT Crossroads,” premiering Friday, March 26th at 10PM ET on CMT. This marks the first appearance for both artists on the celebrated Crossroads stage, which resumes production for the first time since Halsey & Kelsea Ballerini’s episode premiered in March 2020.
“I am excited to be playing CMT Crossroads. Through the last five years the band and I constantly crossed paths with Margo Price and her band at Farm Aids, The Outlaw Fest, Newport Folk and more places. Our first chance to hang together was on Willie Nelson’s bus at Farm Aid. Ever since this I have loved watching her and the band play. She is a hell of a performer and songwriter,” shared Rateliff.
“I am so excited to sing with my friend Nathaniel and both of our bands at Crossroads,” added Price. “Through the years the two of us have sat in and sang with both Willie and his son Lukas, but we have never sang together on our own material. I’m really looking forward to collaborating after all this time.”
Growing up in rural Missouri, Nathaniel Rateliff got his early music education from his family, who performed in the church band in which Nathaniel played drums. At 19, Rateliff moved to Denver where he worked night shifts at a bottle factory and a trucking company while testing out songs at open-mic nights. Rateliff’s 2010 solo album, In Memory of Loss, propelled him to the forefront of Denver’s tight-knit folk scene, with The New York Times dubbing him “a local folk pop hero” and launched his career as a touring musician. His debut as well as subsequent solo albums continued to receive critical acclaim while Rateliff continued to explore his sound. A set of rough demos recorded in 2013 pointed Rateliff in a new direction, and somewhere between Sam & Dave and The Band, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats was born. The band’s self-titled debut album was a breakout success—now certified Gold in the U.S., it has sold over a million records worldwide. Their sophomore album Tearing at the Seams debuted in March 2018 to widespread critical acclaim as well. Last year, Rateliff released his first solo album in seven years via Stax Records. And It’s Still Alright peaked at #3 on iTunes’ “Top Albums” chart, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “Americana/Folk” chart, landed at #2 on their “Current Rock” chart and resided at #1 on the Americana Albums Chart for eight consecutive weeks. Rateliff has appeared on every late-night television program and recently made his debut on “Saturday Night Live” performing his latest single “Redemption,” which was written for and featured in the Apple Original film, Palmer, starring Justin Timberlake. Rateliff has toured extensively worldwide, playing major festivals, and selling out iconic venues including their hometown Red Rocks Amphitheater multiple times. In 2018, Rateliff also launched a Denver-based foundation called The Marigold Project to support community and nonprofit organizations working on issues of economic and social justice.
Far from overnight, Margo Price‘s rise is the product of more than a decade of hard work and sacrifice. While she’d long been one of East Nashville’s best-kept-secrets, she burst onto the international scene with the 2016 release of her first solo album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter. The record debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart, as she solidified her next-big-thing status with stellar appearances on Saturday Night Live, Colbert, Fallon, Kimmel, The Daily Show, and more, sharing stages with Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Chris Stapleton, among others. Following 2017’s acclaimed follow-up All American Made, three sold-out nights at the Ryman Auditorium in 2018, and a Best New Artist GRAMMY nomination in 2019, a lot more people want to know how Margo Price feels and thinks. On 2020’s That’s How Rumors Get Started (Loma Vista), she crafted an album of layer and intrigue to make people listen closer than ever before. Produced by longtime friend Sturgill Simpson (co-produced by Price and David Ferguson), That’s How Rumors Get Started brims with poignant reflections and sharp prose, committing her genre-bending roots to record for the very first time. Singing of relationships and growing pains, motherhood and the mythologies of stardom, dissatisfactions and the defiance of expectations, Price pushes her sound to the edges of Americana as she stretches out into burning psych ballads, sky-high soft-rock, stomping road songs and gospel-imbued showstoppers. That’s How Rumors Get Started reached #1 on the Americana album and singles charts, Billboard’s Tastemakers chart and Nielsen’s Americana/Folk chart, earning raves from Vanity Fair, Esquire, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Nashville Scene and more. But in both her emotive lyrics and bittersweet twang, Price is fueled by the fear that success might be fleeting, as the hardships she’s endured along the way – from exploitative business experiences to losing a child and her family’s farm – still haunt her: “If it don’t break you, it might just make you rich / ou might not get there, and on its way it’s a bitch.”
“CMT Crossroads” shows the far-reaching roots of country music by pairing country artists with musicians from other genres. Each episode features a different set of stars playing together, swapping stories, and sharing their common love of music. The series debuted January 13, 2002 with Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams and since has showcased dream musical partnerships including Ray Charles and Travis Tritt; Bon Jovi and Sugarland; Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire; Def Leppard and Taylor Swift; Sting and Vince Gill; John Mayer and Keith Urban; Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood; Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum; Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves; Alicia Keys and Maren Morris; and most recently, Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini, to name a few.
“CMT Crossroads: Nathaniel Rateliff & Margo Price” is produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux and Ellie Chandler.