The small and intimate stage at the Bodega in Nottingham means that when Nathaniel Rateliff is bellowing out powerful codas you can see his fillings. Another reason the Bodega is so good is that they usually include a local band as support, and on this night that was left to George Holyroyd.
Dressed in his smartest shoes he locks himself in for some covers (including Alt-J’s ‘Tessellate’, ‘Lonely Boy’ by The Black Keys and Santana’s ‘Smooth’) mixed in with some original songs. He has a solid voice, taking on a southern US growl which belies his baby face. The impressive part of his set is how much he hammers his fingers across his acoustic, caring not in the least for his nails or his cuticles. George knows what the crowd is really here for however, taking his respectful round of applause and making way for the main act.