Willie Nile
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Willie Nile (Robert Noonan) is a New York singer-songwriter who was announced as the "next Dylan" in an era in which "next Dylans" in the USA were as common as "next big things" in Britain.

Willie Nile (Razor & Tie, 1980) collects songs composed between 1976 and 1980. Vagabond Moon, Across The River, That's The Reason, Sing Me A Song were not so much Dylan imitations as Byrds imitations. Nile heralded the folk-rock revival of the 1980s. Unfortunately, Golden Down (Razor & Tie, 1981) sounded like a collection of left-overs from the previous album, arranged by a rock band that completely missed the point of Nile's lyrical impetus and transformed it into a literal impetus (Les Champs Elysees).

After a ten-year hiatus, due to legal problems, Nile delivered another strong set of folk-rock ballads, Places I Have Never Been (Columbia, 1992), featuring cameos by Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, Roger McGuinn and others. Nile hasn't lost the vice of quoting Dylan and the Byrds on every other song, but Rite Of Spring, Cafe` Memphis, Don't Die, Everybody Needs A Hammer, Heaven Help The Lonely live up to their models.

Nile disappeared agains from the scenes after the EP Hard Times in America (Polaris, 1992), that contains the title-track and Seeds of a Revolution.

It took seven more years for Beautiful Wreck Of The World (River House, 1999) to see the light. Nile has become a powerful rocker, and the material runs the gamut from blues-rock to almost punk-rock. On top of the strong instrumental backing and driving rhythm, Nile delivers touching, harrowing and rousing stories of his times (On The Road To Calvary, You Gotta Be a Buddha, Bread Alone, Every Time The World Turns Around, Beautiful Wreck Of The World).

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