FAME Review: Willie Nile - American Ride
Willie Nile - American Ride

American Ride

Willie Nile

Loud and Proud Records

Available from Amazon.com.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This was going to be a self-released disc but then the heads at Loud and Proud Records heard it and welcomed him aboard and gave it their full attention. This is a Willie Nile disc through and through, loud in his way, fast and it rocks hard all the way through. The songwriting is crisp and sharp with some of the best songs he has done in awhile, showing his growth. At the same time American Ride retains the exuberance that has always characterized his music and given him a devoted following that has snapped up what ever he has put in over his 35+ years in the music business. His music though it rocks much like Creedence, or The Animals did, it also contains that timeless quality that keeps it alive today.

This new collection is eleven original tunes and Jim Carroll's People Who Died. The songs are performed with a zeal and infectiousness that is typical of Nile and you immediately take the songs into your self. There is no escaping the same infectiousness, and zeal that was apparent when he was a 22+ year old and just realizing his dream. It is that same raucous straight ahead and full bore emotions of Rock and Roll that made him a fan favorite. Yet he is someone who has never translated critical acclaim and a devoted fan base into the stardom and top billing of some less talented musicians. This sounds like the one that might be the break through to top billing in arenas.

Track List:

  • American Ride
  • Life On Bleecker Street
  • This Is Our Time
  • Sunrise In New York City
  • She's Got My Heart
  • If I Ever See the Light
  • God Laughs
  • People Who Died (Jim Carroll)
  • Holy War See
  • Say Hey
  • Crossing
  • There's No Place Like Home
All songs by Willie Nile except as noted.

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2013, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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