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Willie Nile, Vintage Vinyl, 4-1-16

Published April 2, 2016 by Maryanne

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It was awesome seeing Willie Nile give a free performance at Vintage Vinyl, Fords, NJ, promoting his new album, “World War Willie.”

Nile performed with two of his band mates, Johnny Pisano, on bass, and Matt Hogan on guitar.

SAM_9822From left, Matt Hogan, guitar; Willie Nile, guitar; Johnny Pisano, bass

So far, my favorite tracks on this album are “Beautiful You,” and “Trouble Down in Diamond Town.” He also wrote a cool tune, “When Levon Sings” dedicated to Levon Helms; and a super cool version of “Sweet Jane,” written by Lou Reed.

This was my third time seeing Nile perform. First was way back when, when I was 16, at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey, on a double bill with The Boomtown Rats. Second time was not too long ago at Outpost in the Burbs in Montclair.

After the show, Willie and his band mates signed autographs for his fans. They were all so nice. Bassist Johnny Pisano complimented me on my outfit and commented on my husband’s Led Zeppelin shirt. Pisano was raving about his friend’s band Lez Zeppelin, an all-girl tribute band. I always love when musicians are fans too!

Willie was so cool and posed for several photographs with me. He was so grateful for all the support from the fans. I said he had great fans. It was refreshing to see so many people in my age bracket taking photographs with real cameras — not cell phones!

Guitarist Matt Hogan was great too and expressed how fortunate he was to be playing with Willie since he was a fan himself.

For more information on Willie Nile, visit his website: http://www.willienile.com/

SAM_9828Maryanne with Willie Nile

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist available on Amazon in paperback only: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

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: