A CONVERSATION WITH THE LEGENDARY

WILLIE NILE

"Scene & Herd" Podcast with Doug Dresher

June 23, 2021

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Asbury Park Vibes had a wonderful opportunity to chat with the great Willie Nile. Willie Nile has been putting out albums since the eighties - including four albums in the past five years. By his own words - he is more creative and energetic now than he ever was. His new release, "The Day The Earth Stood Still," was created and recorded during the pandemic, and represents Willie's mood and hopefulness during a bleak time in New York City.


Willie Nile has played and recorded with a long list of greats - Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Tori Amos, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Ian Hunter, Barenaked Ladies, Joan Osborne, Cyndi Lauper, Levon Helm, The Chieftains, Taj Mahal, and Carole King.


Willie Nile is a walking encyclopedia of the music scene since the 1980s and is ever hopeful that the world is a naturally good place!

Photo by Cristina Arrigoni


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DISCOGRAPHY

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Willie Nile, 1980

Golden Down, 1981

Places I Have Never Been, 1991

Hard Times in America (EP), 1992

Live in Central Park, 1997

Beautiful Wreck of the World, 1999

Streets of New York, 2006

Live at the Turning Point, 2007 Live From the Streets of New York, 2008

House of a Thousand Guitars, 2009

The Innocent Ones, 2010

Live: Hard Times in the U.K., 2011

American Ride, 2013

If I Was a River, 2014

The Bottom Line Archive Live, 2015

World War Willie, 2016 Positively Bob: Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan, 2017

Children of Paradise, 2018

New York at Night, 2020

The Day the Earth Stood Still, 2021

Photo by Cristina Arrigoni

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Born from an existential argument between the modernists and postmodernists, I have found my home with the post-punks and those who love a good slice of pizza. I live in a world of art in the age of mechanical reproduction and the ever-elusive decisive moment. Punctum and Stadium aside, I like to take photographs of people and things to see how they look photographed. While I miss CBGBs, I think Asbury Park is as close as we are ever going to get to making punk whatever we make it to be. The future is unwritten and I owe it all to Mr. Bradley and Mr. Martin. Let us now praise famous men and ask the little prince for his thoughts. Sometimes I'm on the road, but If it wasn’t for the honor of the thing, I’d rather walk. My loving wife supports this albatross of an obsession and my kids put up with me well. BA, MFA, M.Ed., BCEA, Tri-X, and Nikon.


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