The last time I saw Willie Nile, I said to myself that I just need to see him perform as much as possible…even in a bookstore. I even got the chance to film Willie and his backing band in the green room for an upcoming episode of BeforeTheConcert.com as well! Talk about a lot of fun, even for a green room performance! But for now, here’s some photos!
Willie Nile performed a best-of set in a way, a short 30 minute + set on the 4th floor of Barnes and Noble in Union Square. He started off with a few new ones, off his brilliant new album American Ride. Definitely a major highlight of his extensive career in my opinion. He played songs “This Is Our Time,” “Life on Bleecker Street,” the title track “American Ride” and one of my favorites off the new one, “Sunrise in New York City.” There’s not one bad song on this album, and this isn’t me kissing Willie’s ass. It’s just a damn fine rock and roll album!
Then he played some live classics like “House of a Thousand Guitars” and “One Guitar.” He dedicated House of a Thousand Guitars to Levon Helm and James James Gandolfini, who Johnny Pisano (bassist) worked with on Not Fade Away. He added James name in the song too, which was a nice touch. My wife Kristen never saw Willie Nile before but now she’s hooked! All it takes is one show and you’re hooked!
Photography-wise, I just used the 70-200mm f2.8 lens on the side of the store, since I didn’t want to be obnoxious and standing up in front of everybody sitting down (like some others were doing).
Prints in this set are available for purchase! You’ll certainly help me out if you bought a print or two! They make lovely gifts. Just Let me know which photo(s) you’re interested in (please provide alt tag or #) and I’ll give you a quote. Photos are also available for licensing to your website, magazine, facebook page, etc. as well.