Willie Nile


The New York Times called Buffalo, NY born Willie Nile "one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years." Uncut Magazine called him “A one-man Clash.” His album Streets Of New York was hailed as “a platter for the ages” by UNCUT magazine. Rolling Stone listed The Innocent Ones as one of the “Top Ten Best Under-The-Radar Albums of 2011” and BBC Radio called it “THE rock ‘n’ roll album of the year.” His single from that album, “One Guitar,” was the “Top Pick of the Week” in USA Today.

Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Jim Jarmusch, and Little Steven are among those who have sung his praises

His album, American Ride, won “Best Rock Album of the Year” at the Independent Music Awards. It appeared on dozens of year-end Top Ten lists for 2013 and was voted “Album Of The Year” at Twangville Magazine. Bono called it, “One of the great guides to unravelling the mystery that is the troubled beauty of America.

In November 2014 he released a new album of piano-based songs, If I Was A River, to universal critical acclaim. “One of the most brilliant singer-songwriters of the past thirty years” said The New Yorker. Uncut called him “the unofficial poet laureate of New York City.”

Willie has toured across the U.S. with The Who and has sung with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. As the induction program from the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame says: “His live performances are legendary.”

Willie was born in Buffalo, NY, sings, plays guitar and piano, lives in New York City and has outstanding parking tickets in many states.


"Better than most performers have to offer by far." -- Rolling Stone

“Clash/Social Distortion meets Pete Seeger…a true master songwriter!” – Hits

“Willie’s so good I can’t believe he’s not from New Jersey!” – Little Steven

“Crossing the power of the Clash with the social consciousness of Woody Guthrie…he’s stronger than ever!” – The Morton Report

“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

“The epitome of real, true American rock ’n’ roll!” – Pop Matters

“He’s a rocker’s rocker, protégé of the famous.” -- USA Today


Some comments about The Innocent Ones:

“Stunning!!...Album Of The Week!!” – BBC Scotland

“Greatest album yet!” – Net Rhythms

“Full of timeless songs…passionate…romantic…stupendous…one of the best American singer-songwriters of our time.” – JAM Magazine

“This record is amazing!!!! His best! Great sound and Production!!!! Stand out tracks: One Guitar, The Innocent Ones, Sideways Beautiful, Can’t Stay Home (Amazing!), My Little Girl, Topless Amateur”!!! – JESSE MALIN

“Some of the most powerful music to come out of the American scene…an absolute powerhouse on stage…I urge you to seek him out.” – MAVERICK

Some comments words about Willie Nile:

“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

“The impassioned voice, the sharp and soulful lyrics, the interesting shoes and large, Kramer-like hair which seems to grow thicker every year – Willie Nile brings it all into focus. Listen to this record.” – Graham Parker


Read Martin Cater's review of the 2012 gig

Tropic Visitor in Nov 2011

Where has Willie Nile been hiding?

Either through lack of effort or imagination I had not heard of Willie Nile until last night (4th November). The gig at the Tropic at Ruislip instantly made me realise what I had been missing for all these years. Certainly the best gig I have ever seen here!

Willie Nile is a truly gifted songwriter, mixing the lyrics of hope, justice and dreams with instantly memorable melodies. His performance was a full on blend of punk attitudes and old fashioned rock showmanship! Add this all to a funky bass, spot on “no frills” drumming and a lead guitarist who was clever enough to know when not to play and you had the perfect rock band.

At the stage when I thought this could not get any better on strolled a guest saxophonist (Stephen Ellery an English music arranger) and blew us all away. Apparently he had not even rehearsed with the band. When later Glenn Matlock appeared, to sing a duet with Willie, complete with backing vocals from Mick Ronson’s daughter, I thought I must have died and gone to the big gig in the sky.


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