Meet the Night Sweats: Bassist Joseph Pope III
Joseph Pope III (third from left) with the rest of the Night Sweats.
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats will release their self-titled debut album this Friday on the legendary Stax Records. Last week's Westword cover story details
Past Denver Bands: Born in the Flood, the Wheel, Fairchildren, Seven Hats, Centennial, Dust on the Breakers, Bad Weather California
Current Denver Bands: Miss America by Wheary, Bluebook
Instrument in the Night Sweats: Bass
Not long after Joseph Pope III and Nathaniel Rateliff met in Hermann, Missouri, more than two decades ago, the two started jamming together. One night, Rateliff played a song on his guitar for Pope, and the next day Pope, who’d already been playing trumpet, started playing guitar. “We worked at Subway together, and he played a song on the acoustic for me one night and I just felt this grip,” Pope says. “You know, like, ‘You need to do this with this guy and help him out along the way.’ We were kids in church, so it felt like a biblical prophecy kind of thing. It felt very fateful.”
They were around fifteen years old at the time, but it didn’t long for the two to start a band, with Pope writing a lot of the songs and
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