Trying So Hard Not to Know

Album: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • After recording two folksy Americana-based solo albums, Nathaniel Rateliff decided to pursue a more soulful sound. This was the first song he penned in the new style. "I was just excited about it," he recalled to The Guardian. "I was just like, 'Holy s--t!'"

    He added: "I'd just got this old Epiphone [guitar] I was writing on, and I thought: 'I really want to write something that's kind of like The Band and kind of like Sam & Dave. I love to dance and I love the way those songs make me feel," he added. "I wanted to do it for a long time but I couldn't figure out a way to do it without being cheesy."

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