Today, Nathaniel Rateliff and Elle King debut a surprise holiday tune commemorating 2020. “Xmas to Forget” was written by Rateliff and recorded five days ago in Denver with his band The Night Sweats and King. Fans can listen to/purchase the track here: https://found.ee/NRXmasToForget
Of the track, Rateliff remarks, “Elle and I had been talking about working on a couple of tunes and doing a version of one of the Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers Christmas songs. But as we were working on it we decided it would be fun to write our own. Joseph (of the Night Sweats) said we should write a Christmas to forget in reference to how hard this year has been for everyone so we ran with the idea.”
“Well considering it’s been a pretty tough year and the big 'togetherness' theme of the holidays is less than ideal, we thought the best way to communicate that was through song. And if we’re all ending out the year in flames, let’s do it laughing. Here’s to a Christmas to forget,” King adds.
Proceeds generated by the single will benefit The Marigold Project, Rateliff’s foundation supporting community and nonprofit organizations working for economic and social justice. The Marigold Project is proud to support Food Research & Action Center who is the leading national nonprofit organization working to eradicate poverty-related hunger and undernutrition in the United States. The Marigold Singles series have featured additional collaborations with John Prine, Willie Nelson and Kevin Morby.
Additional information on The Marigold Project can be found here: https://the-marigold-project.org