The New York Times called him "one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years." Dubbing him a ‘one man Clash’, UNCUT magazine hailed his album Streets of New York as a ‘platter for the ages’.
Willie Nile is a songwriters’ songwriter, and his critically acclaimed albums have received rave reviews the world over from the likes of Bono, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Jim Jarmusch, Adam Duritz and Little Steven.
Not content with opening for The Who (at the band’s request) on their tour across the U.S., Willie has also recorded and performed with Ringo Starr, Lucinda Williams, Richard Thompson, Roger McGuinn, Levon Helm, The Pretenders, Counting Crows, Jakob Dylan, Rosanne Cash and many others. And closer to home, the Buffalo born singer was recently joined onstage at Asbury Park by Bruce Springsteen in a performance of Willie’s song ‘Heaven Help the Lonely’.
Following on from the success of last year’s House of a Thousand Guitars, Willie has completed a new album The Innocent Ones which was released in Europe on October 11th and is currently awaiting a North American release announcement.
“It’s an album with a number of songs dedicated to the downtrodden, the forgotten, the outcasts, the hopeless, the innocent ones”, says Willie. “I wanted something hopeful and upbeat.“
The album contains 11 original songs and was produced in New York City by Willie, Frankie Lee, Stewart Lerman, Stewart Smith (lead guitarist of The Eagles) and Hirsh Gardner.
“The lead radio track, “One Guitar” is a song about what one guitar and one voice can do to help change the world,” says Nile. “In our lifetime we’ve seen a number of people who’ve done that, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen, Bono, the list goes on and I wanted to celebrate that idea.”
Willie was born in Buffalo, NY, sings, plays guitar and piano, lives in New York City and has outstanding parking tickets in many states.