Nathaniel Rateliff, 'Still Trying' (Live) "Still Trying" reflects on struggling with alcoholism and losing the battle with one's own will. Rateliff performs the song live at Brighton Music Hall in Boston.
NPR logo Front Row: Nathaniel Rateliff, 'Still Trying'

Front Row: Nathaniel Rateliff, 'Still Trying'

Singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff performed live at Brighton Music Hall in Boston on Nov. 4. Rateliff told us before the show that this song, "Still Trying," "is a song about struggling with alcoholism and how you go to bed drunk and you tell yourself, 'Tomorrow, I'm gonna sober up and totally not do that tomorrow,' and then you do the same thing the next day."

Rateliff was born in rural Missouri, where he first began playing music in church. At 19, he relocated to Denver, where he's built a passionate following. He's toured the world, including alongside the likes of Mumford & Sons, Deer Tick and The Lumineers.

SET LIST

  • "Still Trying"

You can watch Nathaniel Rateliff's full set on WGBH's YouTube channel.