One of our favourite artists – New York‘s Willie Nile (along with his full band) – returns to The Carleton after far too long an absence for a show on Friday, August 14th. Show time will be 10 PM and tickets are $25 (cheap!). This show was originally a solo one and scheduled for June 10th. Tickets for that show (at the original price) will be honoured at the new one. Gloryhound‘s Evan Meisner and Dave Casey will open the night with an acoustic set.
It’s bordering on unbelievable that it has taken him several decades to begin to reap the kind of praise his music has deserved for the 35 years of his career. The Who realized his brilliance. So does Bruce Springsteen. And Bono. And did we mention Lucinda Williams? Artists and critics have been on the Nile bandwagon for years and at long last, the public is starting to catch on.
We first brought Willie to Halifax to play a solo show after the release of his sensational Live From The Streets Of New York album was released in 2008. Since then, he’s released a flurry of albums – House of A Thousand Guitars, The Innocent Ones, American Ride – and played our club both solo and with local bands at our annual Halifax Urban Folk Festival. If you’ve never been to see him, you are missing out on something amazing.
Willie’s latest, If I Was A River, is just out and we’re thrilled he’s taking time to come play for us again. We’re also thrilled that the new date will allow him to bring his full New York band to play for us!
Some press quotes for Willie:
With American Ride, Willie Nile ascends to the uppermost tier of the most revered American musicians and esteemed populist pundits, an elite and exclusive circle of venerable troubadours whose numbers include Springsteen, Dylan, Fogerty, Petty and Mellencamp – Blurt Magazine
By miles and miles, my top choice for 2013 is Willie Nile’s infectious and exuberant American Ride – BlogCritics Best of 2014
The Innocent Ones
Stunning…THE rock ‘n’ roll album of 2011! – BBC Radio
Top Ten Best Under-the-Radar Album of 2011! Rolling Stone Magazine