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Mitchell J Bilus
- Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With the release of his self-titled, first album in 1980, Nile burst onto the music scene, & has never looked back. Immediately drawing comparisons to Bob Dylan & Bruce Springsteen, he was a hit both with critics & fans alike. Sometime after the release of his second album, Golden Down, in 1981, Nile was plagued by record company legal problems, & more or less disppeared from the music scene. The music industry, it seemed, had lost a vital voice & fan favorite...or had it.
Without missing a beat, Nile resurfaced 10 years later, with the release of Places I Have Never Been, which again drew critical acclaim, & yielded some fan favorite cuts, including one that remains a staple of his live shows, Heaven Help The Lonely. But it wasn't until the 2006 release of Streets of New York, that new fans & critics actually began to sit up & take notice of this singer-songwriter, & discovered what a precious few already knew...that Nile was not only a gifted singer & performer, but that he, together with long-time friend, collaborator, & drummer, Frankie Lee, was a prolific songwriter. Together, the duo penned some of the finest lyrics of their careers, & created some of the catchiest hooks to date.
With the current release of The Innocent Ones, now available for a limited time via his website, WillieNile.com, with an official release later this year, Nile & Frankie Lee, have again crafted another concept album, that stands apart from the rest of the pack. From start to finish, this album ranks among the best albums of its type ever released. Yielding such catchy tunes as the Clash-like, Can't Stay Home, & the sixties-inspired, My Little Girl, along with the ballads Song For You and Sideways Beautiful, written for Nile's daughter, the real stars here are the title track, & his new anthem, One Guitar, which, if there's any justice in this crazy world, should finally get Nile & company the radio air-time he deserves...
Having just performed at the Light Of Day benfefit concert at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park last night, Willie, together with Frankie Lee, and bass guitarist Johnny Pisano, can be found touring all over the planet, with several gigs coming up in the next few months in New Jersey & upstate New York. Check them out when they come to your hometown, so you can see for yourself what the fuss is all about, & don't forget to visit his website, WillieNile.com for more info, & to purchase all his available cds.