Video Premiere: Willie Nile “Forever Wild”


Ace track taken from new album, due out next week.

By Blurt Staff

Longtime BLURT hero Willie Nile has been on an artistic tear the last few years, both in the recording studio and onstage. From 2010’s The Innocent Ones (reviewed HERE) and 2013’s American Ride (reviewed HERE), to high profile appearances with Springsteen at the annual Light of Day benefit and The Who at a Grammy/Musicares event honoring Pete Townshend, and recent performances that left fans—including our reviewer—with jaws scraping club floors, Nile is, in the parlance, the man.

He’s about to drop a new album next week, on April 1, titled World War Willie, and we are honored to be able to premiere the video for key track “Forever Wild.” Check it out:

Notes Nile, “’Forever Wild’ is a song about the dreams of youth and honoring them. It’s the story of 2 people who still believe in those dreams. It’s also a roof shakin’ rocker and great fun to play live.”

No shit, Willie. The songwriter recorded the new album with longtime producer Stewart Lerman (Antony and the Johnsons, Loudon Wainwright III, Boardwalk Empire) and Nile’s longstanding band — Matt Hogan on lead guitar, Johnny Pisano on bass and Alex Alexander on drums — with additional sterling guest guitar from Steuart Smith (Eagles, Rosanne Cash) on three tracks. “There’s a live feel to the tracks because we captured an actual performance on every one,” Nile says. “The band and I have done so many shows together that our instincts all seem to arrive at the same intersection at the same time. We all play and feel as one, and there’s an energy there that you can’t manufacture.”

Expect to get that “live feel” in person this year as Nile and the gang tour behind the album. Trust us, this is a rock ‘n’ roll dynamo not to be missed.

Check out our 2013 interview with Nile, “On The Right Path,” conducted with senior editor Lee Zimmerman. Nile, summing up his musical philosophy, advised, “I just want to make masterpiece after masterpiece and just make them so great that I’m really proud of them. So that we can just go out and play them and have people react to them. Life can be tough. People say, ‘Oh, your road has been tough.’ But whose road isn’t tough? You learn from it. You pick yourself up.

“I’ve been lucky. Even though there were times when I‘d be so down, I’ve got no chip on my shoulder. I’ve avoided that. A lot of times people that have had big success have a big chip on their shoulders. But it’s so stupid to have one. My shoulders are too small to carry one, but there ain’t nothing there anyway.”



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