Tribute album will celebrate 40 years of Willie Nile music

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The cover of the tribute album, “Willie Nile Uncovered (Celebrating 40 Years of Music).”

Nils Lofgren, Graham Parker, Richard Barone, Lucy Kaplansky and James Maddock will be among the artists on Willie Nile Uncovered (Celebrating 40 Years of Music), a two-CD, 26-track tribute album due out on Aug. 21 on the Paradiddle label. Nile released his self-titled debut album in 1980.

Other contributors include Jen Chapin, Richard Shindell, Elliott Murphy, Dan Bern, John Gorka, Slaid Cleaves, Kenny White and Emily Duff. Nile’s bass player, Johnny Pisano, contributes “One Guitar Mon’,” his reggae interpretation of Nile’s anthemic “One Guitar.” (You can listen to that below, along with Lofgren’s “All God’s Children.”)

“When I first heard there was going to be a tribute album,” said Nile in a press release, “I was a little embarrassed as I don’t feel I’m any more deserving than anyone else for an album like this but after a few glasses of red wine and hearing the album I was elated. It was startling to hear such unique, different and poignant interpretations of my songs.

“Heartfelt thanks to all involved for making this songwriter’s journey through the back roads of a soul more than worth the effort.”

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the hunger relief organization, Rock Can Roll.

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The following songs will be on the album:

“Hell Yeah,” Emily Duff
“When Levon Sings,” Quarter Horse
“American Ride,” Gene Casey
“Vagabond Moon,” Kenny White
“Les Champs-Élysées,” Elliott Murphy
“She’s Got My Heart,” James Maddock
“History 101,” Iridesense
“Life on Bleecker Street,” Dan Bern
“Streets of New York,” Richard Barone
“On Some Rainy Day,” The Four Amigos
“The Day I Saw Bo Diddley in Washington Square,” Leland Sundries
“That’s The Reason,” XL Kings
“One Guitar,” Graham Parker
“All God’s Children,” Nils Lofgren
“Lonesome Dark-Eyed Beauty,” Caroline Doctorow
“I Don’t Do Crazy Anymore,” John Gorka
“Sideways Beautiful,” Slaid Cleaves
“Lookin’ For Someone,” Rod Picott
“The Crossing,” Jen Chapin
“When One Stands,” Henroy Vassell & Friends
“Everybody Needs a Hammer,” Annie Mark
“Asking Annie Out,” Pete Mancini
“When the Last Light Goes out on Broadway,” Lucy Kaplansky
“The Road to Calvary,” Richard Shindell
“House of a Thousand Guitars,” Allen Santoriello
“One Guitar Mon’,” Johnny Pisano


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