WILLIE NILE & BAND return to the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park for 4th of July weekend Summer Night of great Rock ‘n Roll. The New York Times called Buffalo, NY born Willie Nile “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years.” Uncut Magazine called him “A one-man Clash.” His album Streets Of New York was hailed as “a platter for the ages” by Uncut. Rolling Stone listed The Innocent Ones as one of the “Top Ten Best Under-The-Radar Albums of 2011” and BBC Radio called it “THE rock ‘n’ roll album of the year.” His single from that album, “One Guitar,” was the “Top Pick of the Week” in USA Today. Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Jim Jarmusch, and Little Steven are among those who have sung his praises. MOJO wrote about his 2016 album World War Willie, “Four Stars! The real thing…stomp-‘til-ready rock’n’roll…timeless fare.” It won Album of the Year Reader’s Poll from Twangville Magazine and made numerous top ten lists for album of the year. His album Positively Bob: Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan from 2017 was hailed as “one of the best Dylan tribute albums ever made.” Powerpop Magazine wrote: “Astoundingly great…must be heard to be believed.” And the Associated Press said his 2018 album Children Of Paradise “Might be the best album of his career!” Willie has toured across the U.S. with The Who and has sung with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. As the induction program from the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame says: “His live performances are legendary.” His 2020 album New York At Night got rave reviews, with Downbeat calling it a “sonic love letter to Gotham.” His latest studio album The Day The Earth Stood Still, which features a duet with Steve Earle on the song “Blood On Your Hands.”.
ACCOLADES: “The unofficial poet laureate of New York City.” – Uncut; “Better than most performers have to offer by far.” — Rolling Stone; “Clash/Social Distortion meets Pete Seeger…a true master songwriter!” – Hits; “Crossing the power of the Clash with the social consciousness of Woody Guthrie…he’s stronger than ever!” – The Morton Report; “Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I’d be opening up for him instead of him for me.” Lucinda Williams; “The epitome of real, true American rock ’n’ roll!” – Pop Matters; “He’s a rocker’s rocker, protégé of the famous.” — USA Today; “A man who embodies the true spirit of rock n’ roll.” – London Times
***Opening the show will be the new “supergroup” FANTASTIC CAT, four established songwriters joining forces to form a single band! Individually, each member of Fantastic Cat boasts their own impressive resume along with a litany of critical acclaim. The Guardian dubbed DON DILEGO “one to watch.” NPR said ANTHONY D’AMATO “sings and writes in the tradition of Bruce Springsteen or Josh Ritter.” Rolling Stone called BRIAN DUNNE’s latest single a “stunner” and praised MIKE MONTALI’s band, Hollis Brown, as “the soundtrack for a late-night drive through the American heartland.” Collectively, though, the four transcend their respective roots, emerging as an instrument-swapping, harmony-trading, tear-jerking, wise-cracking rock and roll cooperative far greater than the sum of its parts. Their debut album, The Very Best Of Fantastic Cat, will be out this summer on Blue Rose Music.