Outpost in the Burbs: Willie Nile, Allison Moorer, Joe D’Urso and Joe Rapolla

Published October 19, 2014 by Maryanne

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Thanks to Outpost in the Burbs for second row comp tickets to a very special songwriters evening at Outpost in the Burbs featuring Willie Nile, Allison Moorer, Joe D’Urso and Joe Rapolla — all outstanding talents!

I’ve always loved Outpost in the Burbs, as I used to cover shows there when I worked as a journalist for Montclair Times. So six years later, I felt very nostalgic walking in again with my husband to see a show. Special guest Anthony D’Amato was already playing as we got there a little late. We were thrilled it was him, as we saw him earlier in the summer perform with The Smithereens and he is a great guitarist and song writer.

Here’s a song from Anthony D’Amato:

Next up were Willie Nile, Allison Moorer, Joe D’Uros and Joe Rapolla. The artists went around about four times, each singing a song and playing acoustic, though Willie Nile played piano as well. He was my favorite of the four and really brought the house down with  “One Guitar.”

Then at the end, D’Amato was brought back to the stage and everyone performed a few songs together by The Beatles and The Band.

It was a wonderful evening for my husband and I — truly an unexpected treat as I wasn’t familiar with any of the artists except for D’Amato and Nile (who I saw perform back when I was a teenager).

Here’s a taste of all the artists that performed:

Allison Moorer:

Joe D’Urso:

Joe Rapolla:

Willie Nile:

3 comments on “Outpost in the Burbs: Willie Nile, Allison Moorer, Joe D’Urso and Joe Rapolla

  • I have a Allison Moorer CD. She is the sister of Shelby Lynne. They both had a traumatic childhood:

    Shelby Lynne was born in Virginia and raised in Mobile, Alabama where she attended Theodore High School. Music was an important part of the Moorer family.[3] Her father, who worked as an English teacher and a juvenile corrections officer, played the guitar, while her mother was a singer. Her father also drank heavily and eventually became abusive. On August 12, 1986, when Lynne was 17, her estranged father shot and killed her mother and then himself.[4] She and her younger sister Allison Moorer subsequently moved in with relatives.

    • Thanks for the info Andrew. Very sad. Seems she is still having a rough life, as she spoke of her struggles with her autistic child and had a song about marriage that wasn’t a happy one.

  • Sounds like Allison Moorer has had more than her share of life struggles. You have to wonder how much more she can take. Her songs have to be a form of therapy for both her and others who are facing marital problems.

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