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By the time Willie Nile released The Innocent Ones in 2010, he was in his sixties and had experienced a number of long layoffs in his recording career. But this album found him riding high in a resurgent period. It was the most relentlessly rocking album he'd made up to that point, temporarily putting his folk side on the shelf in favor of fist-pumping, anthemic tunes and alternating between barnstorming classic-rock-style shout-alongs ("One Guitar" and the title track) and downright Ramones-like punky fervor ("Singin' Bell," "Can't Stay Home"). The only real ballad here, "Sideways Beautiful," is a reminder of what Nile can do when he's not busy rocking.

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Great Unknown Artist

Love all Niles work. Have to check out Innocent ones, topless amateur, rich and broken and far green hills.

Love it

I really love this cd. This was my first Willie Nile purchase since I heard him at LOD 11'. I have bought quite a few other CDs and albums of his since then. He always puts on a great show too so catch him if u can!!

Thank you WFUV

Thank you, listener-supported WFUV, for exposing me (albeit admittedly late in the game) to this treasure of a NY singer-songwriter. I hope that Willie gets his due…..better late than never!!


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 he heard...
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