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Editors’ Notes

Though he’s primarily known these days as a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band or as Neil Young’s reliable sidekick, Nils Lofgren once had a successful career with his group Grin and as a solo artist. So it’s with considerable authority that Lofgren settles into this vibrant collection. Legendary singers Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company), Lou Gramm (Foreigner), and Sam Moore (Sam & Dave) guest, but Lofgren himself is dominant. The touching ballad “Miss You Ray,” for Ray Charles, could also be a tribute to his fallen bandmates Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici. “Ain’t Too Many of Us Left” (with Moore) cranks up the electric fire as Lofgren refuses to go quietly. “60 Is the New 18” further proves that age doesn’t mean slowing down, and Rodgers and Lofgren evoke their barroom beginnings with the slide guitar blues of “Amy Joan Blues.” Cowritten with Root Boy Slim, “Let Her Get Away” is a passionate ballad that’s close to Celtic in spirit.

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Nils deserves to be better known

Nils Lofgren is an amazing live act, and the best guitar player I have ever heard. Having said that, most of his material is dated. His live shows remedy this by updating and tinkering with his old hits, and the sound it gives them would be worthy of a new live album (please Nils!) but this album showcases that sound in new material. I agree with the official review that his vocals (and often his lyrics) fall short of amazing, but his musical ability and the feeling he puts into his songs more than compensates for this. A terrific album all in all, and an accessible glimpse at what this guy can do when he's allowed to take centre stage.

Rage against the dying of the light

Nils is to all intent and purpose an honorary Brit. He has always had a large, determined,loyal following who love his music,the stories and messages they send, and the superb melodic blues guitar style and sound that is uniquely Nils. Following a 2011 show at Sheffield City Hall, Nils said that he had seriously considered moving to England on a few occasions. We all wish he had!

Old School finds Nils reflecting on life in his 60th year and paying tribute to loved ones and others that have, sadly passed away. This is embodied in the beautifully sentimental tribute to Ray Charles, and his late father on Miss You Ray.
The theme of loss is evident in both Irish Angel ( often played at Nils live concerts) and Let Her Get Away, both sad reflections of past loves won and lost.
You would however, be mistaken in assuming Old School is overly morose when it is far from it. Amy Joan Blues is a bouncy, gutsy number that proves Nils still has the passion and fire in his heart. 60 Is The New 18 and Love Stumbles On with trademark swirling melodic blues, proves that he is far from finished and not ready for his pipe and slippers for many more moons yet!
Dream Big is a welcome turn up for the books that showcases the eclectic feel of Old School. Here Nils dons tap dancing shoes and cane ( brilliant live) to send a message to all that it's okay to follow your dreams as long as you are strong and determined enough to beat the system.
All in all, a tremendous album from the ever surprising, great Nils Lofgren. What a privilege to have lived a life and in a world with Nils and his music in it. A true musical great who deserves to be up there with the best. A guitar maestro, great person who will never be 'Ancient History'!


Born: 21 June 1951 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

For much of his professional rock & roll career, Nils Lofgren has been known as the lead guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band -- the guy who replaced Steven Van Zandt in 1984 and stayed on after Little Steven returned to the fold. Prior to the E-Street Band, Lofgren was a member of Neil Young's backing band Crazy Horse, and these associations have tended to dominate any mention of the guitarist's career, as any support for two legendary singer/songwriters would. But take away Bruce and...
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