Saturday 7th and it’s time to rock the roof off Tingewick Village Hall with The Willie Nile Band. Although Willie has played previously for Empty Rooms Promotions, in Oxford, this will be the first time at “The music venue that thinks it’s a Village Hall” and I’m sure they are wondering if they can contain this very active New Yorker on the stage, it will be a tight squeeze I’m sure.
It’s possible his name has passed you by, though he’s been in the business for over 30 year and his debut album compared him to the likes of Dylan and Springsteen and quoting notes from his own biography – Nile is a songwriters’ songwriter. No less a personage than Lucinda Williams has said of him, “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.” Lou Reed hailed the 2006 album ‘Streets of New York’ as “a great album,” while Graham Parker calls it “a real gem—stirring melodies, passionate vocals, intriguing lyrics…every track a winner.” Says Ian Hunter, “Willie’s from the big-hearted downtown alleyways of NYC. Well done!” Little Steven adds, “Willie Nile is so good I can’t believe he’s not from New Jersey!”
Such is the respect of Willie that’s he’s often asked to join Bruce Springsteen, Alejandro Escovedo and others on stage and they will often join him at his shows.
So tonight although Empty Rooms can’t promise you that Springsteen will be there (maybe next time, he’s a bit busy at the moment :-) ) I’m sure they have no problem in guaranteeing one heck of a rocking night and by all account it will be busy so prepare to stand and dance