Nearly four decades into his career as an acclaimed singer and songwriter, Willie Nile first turned heads with his self-titled 1980 album, as recorded for Arista Records. He has since amassed quite the collection of celebrity admirers, including Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Paul Simon, Lucinda Williams, and The Who's Pete Townshend. Nile's recording and performing credits -- beyond his 11 studio albums -- include Ringo Starr, Tori Amos, Elvis Costello, and the Barenaked Ladies.
Nile's latest full-length release is Positively Bob, a tribute to Bob Dylan featuring support from James Maddock, The Spin Doctors' Aaron Comess, veteran sidemen Matt Hogan and Johnny Pisano, and long-time producer Stewart Lerman. The basic tracks of Positively Bob were recorded in just two days, as done at Comess' Brooklyn studio, His House–Innsbruck Recording Studio. First single "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" was premiered by the Observer.
Porter Block had the pleasure chatting with Willie Nile about his past, present and future. More on Nile -- who will be playing at Yankee Stadium on September 1st -- can be found at www.willienile.com.