Willie Nile

Willie Nile

BMHOF Class of 2005

In the 1980's, New York City-based singer-songwriter Willie Nile released two critically acclaimed albums on Arista, "Willie Nile" and "Golden Down," and toured successfully with The Who across the U.S. at the personal request of the band. The New York Times has called him "one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years." He has been called everything from "a one-man Clash" to Been," contained the hits "Everybody Needs a Hammer" and "Heaven Help The Lonely" and his "Hard Time in America" EP became a cult favorite throughout Europe. His songs have been recorded by numerous artists in many languages and his live performances are legendary. The Buffalo-born singer has recorded and performed with Roger McGuinn, Richard Thompson, Ringo Starr, Tori Amos, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, and Barenaked Ladies. A live Central Park concert, "Willie Nile-Archive Alive,' was recently released on Archive Recordings, and Willie was one of the lead vocalists on the recent all-star ensemble album, "Largo," along with Joan Osborne, Cyndi Lauper, Levon Helm, The Chieftans, Taj Mahal and Carole King. Another recent project found Nile writing and performing most of the songs for the soundtrack to the upcoming Kevin McLaughlin film, "Pinch in seven years, on River House Records. Initial reaction to the CD is outstanding, with the title track already an audience favorite at live shows. Despite its late-in-the-year release date, the recording has been included on many reviewers' top-ten lists for 1999, including special acclaim is "On The Road To Calvary," which Willie wrote in memory of singer Jeff Buckley. Lucinda Williams called it "One of the most, if not the most beautiful songs I've ever heard". "Beautiful Wreck Of the World" marks the beginning of a new chapter in the career of one of America's great songwriters. 

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