“Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I’d be opening up for him instead of him for me.” - Lucinda Williams
“Willie’s so good I can’t believe he’s not from New Jersey.” - Little Steven
Nestled somewhere between power-pop and American folk you will find Willie Nile strumming his guitar. Nile is a true believer in Rock n’ Roll, and over the years has made admirers out of Bruce Springsteen and Pete Townshend who personally requested him to tour with The Who in ‘82.
Willie Nile’s latest record "American Ride" is as American as can be. Bootstrapped and released independently, it’s a no filler drive through the heartland. It’s all thrills, no frills approach is evidence to the tenacity and innovation that have made Nile great.
Now he’s touring more than ever, and winning converts both at home and abroad. Willie’s charisma and troubadour style have earned him respect as both performer and poet. Anyone who’s paid attention to his recent output knows that he is currently in the midst of a creative renaissance that’s produced some of the most compelling music of his 35-year career. From the everyday wisdom of “Life on Bleecker Street” and “Sunrise in New York City” to the broader observations of “This Is Our Time” and “Holy War” to the rock ’n’ roll abandon of “Say Hey” and the road-tripping title track, the album consistently lives up to the artist’s reputation for writing songs that are as impassioned as they are infectious, and performing them with the fervor of a true believer.
The band lineup is: guitarist Matt Hogan, bassist Johnny Pisano, drummer Alex Alexander, and Nile on guitar and piano.
Of his last album, 2011's "The Innocent Ones," the BBC called it “stunning . . . THE rock ’n’ roll album of the year,” and Rolling Stone included it in its “Top Ten Best Under-the-Radar Albums of 2011.” USA Today named the album’s anthemic lead track “One Guitar” as the number-one song in the nation.