Willie Nile

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Tags: singer-songwriter rock classic rock new york folk rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Barton Noonan, 1949, Buffalo, New York, USA. This literate folk rock troubadour was compared to Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen when his self-titled debut album appeared in 1980. However, this release - specifically the opener ‘Vagabond Moon’ - was indebted to the jangle of the Byrds, in a similar way to Tom Petty’s work from the same period.

The son of Irish Catholic parents, Nile had learned to play the piano as a child, before turning his hand to poetry, eventually taking guitar playing seriously in his mid-twenties. He studied Philosophy at the University of Buffalo before moving to Greenwich Village, New York in the 70s with an aim to establish himself on the live scene in the coffee houses. It was at this point that he began to use the pseudonym Willie Nile, a name more befitting of a rock star than his real one. His 1981 release Golden Down found favour with fans of Blood On The Tracks and Desire -era Dylan. At his...

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