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WILLIE NILE

Willie's annual shows are major events on our calendar. Last year, Willie, once again, played to a SRO house, running his streak of packed houses at Mexicali to seven. Perhaps Time Magazine best described Willie’s music when it wrote that “the tunes (Willie Nile) writes and plays with such blowtorch vibrancy get the myth and magic and danger and sadness and love in this town – of this town – truer and righter, than anything I’ve heard since Dion.”

Hailing from Buffalo, NY, and following a brief stint at the University of Buffalo, Willie Nile headed to New York City.  By the mid-1970’s, he had become a raising young singer-songwriter on the Village scene.  He emerged professionally in 1980 with two acclaimed folk-rock albums, only to be derailed by legal and record company hassles.  Nevertheless, his growing reputation as a “rocker with passion” let to an invitation to open for The Who on their 1982 North American tour.

Still, Willie was unable to release another album until 1991, but it turned out to be the jubilant, impeccable “Place I Have Never Been.”  Over the years, he has enjoyed the support of artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Roger McGuinn and Richard Thompson.  With their encouragement, Willie managed to release great CD’s, albeit at unpredictable intervals.  Recently, he has put out a steady flow of critically admired CD’s, including the 2009 CD “House of a Thousand Guitars”, 2010’s “The Innocent Ones” and “American Ride”, from 2013 of which Bono said “It’s a ride alright…One of the greatest guides to unraveling the mystery that is the troubled beauty of America.” Willie’s 2016 album “World War Willie” earned similar raves with a 5-star rating from Amazon and this from www.popmatters.com: “Another crack late career record from rock’s most important Willie.” If you've never seen Willie, you owe it to yourself to come see one of rock and roll's treasures. Listen to '"Trouble in Diamond Town" from the new album, performed at the Stone Pony. www.WillieNile.com.