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When it comes to songwriting and living enough life to have a say, few can match singer/songwriter Willie Nile who opens this album with a tune that name checks John Lennon, Robert Johnson and Old Hank before shouting out that “Mr. John Lee Hooker’s gonna kick your ass…” After the triumph of his 2006 comeback, Streets of New York, New York City’s most eloquent and experienced rock bard returns with another collection of anthemic originals that split the difference between punk rock’s lyrical pleas for change, Springsteen’s everyman bombast, and the eye for detail and thumping heart of Washington Square folk music. Backed again by a stellar band that includes drummer Rich Pagano and guitarist Andy York, Nile rips into this assured, knowing collection of his sharply observed mini-epics highlighted by the visionary showstoppers, “Give Me Tomorrow” and “Little Light.” He also rocks out harder than usual on the Stonesy “Doomsday Dance,” and “Run” the kind of simple, likable tunes that shows again how experience has made him such an essential and impeccable song craftsman.

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An album not to be ignored !

Willie Niles' release of “House of a Thousand Guitars” is a well-crafted, witty, poignant, and BEAUTIFUL slice of musical Americana. Soulful and thoughtful, Niles’ relatable lyrics blend so well with his catchy rhythmic melodies. His husky, Dylan-esque vocals bring this record to a level well above most in his class. THIS is real music, for real people, written by a true artist. Have a listen and then pass it on ! A great record...!!!

Back and Better Than Ever!

I bought a couple of Willie Nile albums back in the early 80s and saw him live at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ around the same time. I enjoyed both of the records and he was a solid live performer, but time interceded and somewhere along the way I forgot about him. A few years ago I happened to be at the closing show of Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" tour and Bruce brought Willie onstage for an encore. Again, afterwards I forgot all about him. Recently, I was listening to a local public radio station and heard a great rocker called "House of a Thousand Guitars', when the DJ identified the artist as Willie Nile a smile of recognition came across my face and when I arrived home, I downloaded the album. Let me tell you: the record is terrific! Smart lyrics, great melodies, wonderful tunes that hook you right from the start and bear up to repeated listening. If you, like me, remember when musicians had something to say and albums were more than just a hit single and lots of filler, rush out and get this record! You won't regret it and I guarantee that the refrain of "Give Me Tomorrow" will be stuck in your head for days. As for me, I'm looking forward to the next time Willie passes through. I'll be sure to catch him live.

Willie continues to rock!!

I was turned on to Willie a few years ago with "Streets of New York" and "Beautiful Wreck of the World," I've been hooked ever since. Just when I thought there was no way to top such outstanding music - Willie gives us "House of a Thousand Guitars." This is an outstanding albumn that you will fall in love with on the first listen. Few song writers can capture what Willie can in less than five minutes.


Born: June 7, 1948 in Buffalo, NY

Genre: Rock

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

A rock & roll singer and songwriter whose music is at once literate and passionately heartfelt, New York singer/songwriter Willie Nile was born in Buffalo, New York on June 7, 1948. Nile came from a musical family — his grandfather was a vaudeville pianist who played with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Eddie Cantor, and his uncles played boogie-woogie. Nile's older brothers, meanwhile, brought home the music of Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, and Fats Domino, all of whom...
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