Willie Nile | Live From The Streets Of New York

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Live From The Streets Of New York

by Willie Nile

Willie Nile rocks NYC with a brand new full band live CD.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introduction
0:40 $0.99
2. Welcome to My Head
3:21 $0.99
3. Asking Annie Out
3:12 $0.99
4. Game of Fools
3:44 $0.99
5. Vagabond Moon
4:16 $0.99
6. The Day I Saw Bo Diddley in Washington Square
5:02 $0.99
7. Back Home
5:50 $0.99
8. Best Friends Money Can Buy
3:20 $0.99
9. On Some Rainy Day
5:16 $0.99
10. Hard Times in America
6:50 $0.99
11. Cell Phones Ringing (In the Pockets of the Dead)
5:47 $0.99
12. Heaven Help the Lonely
7:04 $0.99
13. You Gotta Be a Buddha (In a Place Like This)
4:01 $0.99
14. Police On My Back
3:48 $0.99
15. Streets of New York
5:36 $0.99
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Album Notes


Set captures the hot release party for Nile’s acclaimed album, Streets of New York, at New York’s Mercury Lounge

NEW YORK, N.Y. — “Willie Nile is a great artist,” exclaims fellow singer/songscribe Lucinda Williams. “If there were any justice in the world, I’d be opening for him instead of him for me.” Injustice has its benefits, of course — one of which is that it’s still possible to see Willie Nile play an intimate venue. It was on one such night, the eve of release of Nile’s latest studio album, Streets of New York, that Nile was captured both on audio and video. The resulting CD and DVD (sold separately), each titled Willie Nile Live from the Streets of New York, will hit the streets of the RED-distributed 00:02:59 label on July 22.

The story of the Willie Nile Live from the Streets of New York CD and DVD begins with the release of his comeback album in 2006 titled simply Streets of New York. “Once I picked the songs to record for the album,” notes Willie, “I realized they all had a connection to New York City, either by substance, or just the fact that I’d written them all here or was influenced by the city in some way. It wasn’t a concept album, but the pulse and electricity of the city seemed to flow through each of the songs in a connecting way.”

A great album about New York City begged for a great album-release party, for which Willie selected the Mercury Lounge on the Lower East Side. The reviews had begun to come in, the initial rehearsals were energized, and all involved felt that this performance could be something very special. The show sold out in no time. To that end, 00:02:59’s Abe Bradshaw suggested bringing in some cameras. And soon both the audio and video will be available on both CD and DVD, with bonus interview footage contained on the DVD.

Willie has toured across the country with The Who at the personal request of the band and has shared the stage with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Levon Helm, Elvis Costello, and Joey Ramone. His live performances are legendary.

The live set features Willie’s core band (The Worry Dolls) along with some special guests. Andy York (John Mellencamp) played guitar; Brad Albetta (Sean Lennon, Teddy Thompson, Martha Wainwright) manned the bass; and the drummer was Rich Pagano (Fab Faux, Roseanne Cash). They were joined by long-time friend, Jimmy Vivino, (“Late Night with Conan O’Brien”) on guitar, mandolin and keyboards and Frankie Lee, who co-wrote a number of the songs with Willie, on percussion and vocals. The band was introduced by WFUV and XM radio host Pete Fornatale.

Says Willie, “I was not onstage that night to prove anything. After all these years of living and learning and struggling and growing and hanging out in the underbelly of this great city — I was no longer thinking along those lines at all. I had nothing to prove. Streets of New York had already been honored, championed and praised by some of the great artists, writers and publications of the day, for which I shall always be grateful.

“This was no American Idol. Fame is not what I was after — Celebrity Nation be damned. That’s all fool’s gold in a land of false prophets and facelifts as far as I’m concerned. Beauty and truth are what I was after. This was real, for me anyway. I was not the center of attention, nor did I need to be. I was simply there to serve the songs, to tell the stories and hopefully do justice to the music, and to have fun making music with my friends, which I surely did. It was a victory just to be there. And I felt it that night, in spades.”

“The band played its heart out with all the fire and passion you could hope for,” he concludes. “Everyone gave everything they had and left nothing on the table. You can see it on the screen and you can hear it in the speakers. For that night, we were one. For that one night, we were brothers. For that one night we shared a common dream. We were one with the songs and the night and the city. A fellow can’t ask for more than that.”

And few could ask for more in a live album and DVD.

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For more information, please contact conqueroo:
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Some other accolades awarded Willie Nile and Streets of New York:

“. . . an original. . . an exceptional talent. . .one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years . . —THE NEW YORK TIMES

Streets of New York is “ . . . a platter for the ages.” 4 Stars —UNCUT

“A great album.” —Bono

“May be his best album to date.” —Jim Jarmusch

“One of the greatest Urban Americana albums of the 21st century.” 4 1/2 Stars —ALLMUSIC.COM

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



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Streets of NY Live
Nile puts on a great show and this CD really captures his energy. Fantastic CD. Tight band; great mix of older and new songs. Beautiful.

Luc Heyvaert

Willie is so real !
Very good live performance. Willy, when are you coming to Belgium ? I want to see and hear your music live !

Tim Drake

The listenable live cd
When 'Live From the Turning Point' was released I expressed my disappointment (to put it mildly)with the quality of the recording. This CD is, thankfully, a completely different beast. The playlist shares several of the tracks with the ill-fated Turning Point CD, but these you can listen to without cringeing, as you should be able to with good rock, with the volume UP.

Some great drums, bass and some lovely slide / rhythm guitar work hold the songs together, and provide a solid base to enable the songs to be developed around. For those of us on the other side of the pond it's as close as we're going to get to seeing the man live for the time being, it would seem, and it's a pleasure to able to recommend this cd with very few reservations.

Timothy Forman

I love the CD, although I would have loved Tele-phones ringing w/Little Steven too!!!! Thanks keep up the great work... Also where can I find where you are playing??? Tim

timothy forman

streets of ny
makes me proud to be from ny

Peter Karlsson

Rock´n roll is still alive
What a energy! Cell Phones Ringing (In the Pockets of the Dead) is one of the best rock and roll songs written this century. It is not only wines that are getting better with age...

Bruce Dawson

A great live recording!
This is a Reader's Digest version of the live DVD, missing a few songs from the video, but a great representation and feel of the event. Willie and band are in amazing form and Willie's songs really come alive.