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Don't miss this opportunity to see acclaimed New York City singer-songwriter Willie Nile and his band making a rare Texas appearance at The Kessler!


Willie Nile

The New York Times called Buffalo, NY born Willie Nile "one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years." Uncut Magazine called him “A one-man Clash” and “the unofficial poet laureate of New York City”. His album Streets Of New York was hailed as “a platter for the ages” by Uncut. Rolling Stone listed The Innocent Ones as one of the “Top Ten Best Under-The-Radar Albums of 2011” and BBC Radio called it “THE rock ‘n’ roll album of the year.” His single from that album, “One Guitar,” was the “Top Pick of the Week” in USA Today.

Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Jim Jarmusch, and Little Steven are among those who have sung his praises. 

His album, American Ride, won “Best Rock Album of the Year” at the Independent Music Awards. It appeared on dozens of year-end Top Ten lists for 2013 and was voted “Album Of The Year” by Twangville. Bono called it, “One of the great guides to unraveling the mystery that is the troubled beauty of America.” 

In November 2014 he released an album of piano-based songs, If I Was A River, to great critical acclaim. 

MOJO wrote about his 2016 album World War Willie, “Four Stars! The real thing…stomp-‘til-ready rock’n’roll…timeless fare.” It won Album of the Year Reader’s Poll from Twangville Magazine and made numerous top ten lists for Album of the Year. 

His album Positively Bob: Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan from 2017 was hailed as “one of the best Dylan tribute albums ever made.” Powerpop Magazine wrote: “Astoundingly great…must be heard to be believed. If this doesn’t get your blood flowing, seek medical help.” And the Associated Press said his 2018 album Children Of Paradise “Might be the best album of his career!” 

Willie has toured across the U.S. with The Who and has sung with Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr. As the induction program from the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame says: “His live performances are legendary.” His 2020 album New York At Night got rave reviews, with The Associated Press calling it: “As sharp and guitar-driven as ever…the fire within Nile, once a peer of The Replacements and The Clash, continues to light a similar torch…anthemic…custom made for these times.” Downbeat Magazine calling it a “sonic love letter to Gotham.” 

His recent studio album The Day The Earth Stood Still features a duet with Steve Earle on the song “Blood On Your Hands.”  The London Times called him “A man who embodies the true spirit of rock n’ roll.” The New Yorker wrote that Willie Nile is “One of the most brilliant singer-songwriters of the past 30 years.”

In the fall of 2022 Willie released a single, “Wake Up America”, a duet with Steve Earle. It’s a call for the better angels of the country to stand up and be counted. 

He is releasing a new live album “Willie Nile – Live At Daryl’s House Club” on River House Records on April 12. PowerPop magazine wrote: "A life-changer -- recorded at a moment when Willie & company happened to be the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world!"

 Willie is currently working on an Anthology double CD project for the fall and is doing some Career Retrospective shows leading up to its release. He will be touring in Europe and in North America this year and lives in New York City.

J. Isaiah Evans & The Boss Tweed
J. Isaiah Evans is a native of Dallas, Texas best known as the founder and frontman of roots rock and roll band, The 40 Acre Mule. Following the critical and commercial success of The 40 Acre Mule’s Goodnight & Good Luck (State Fair Records, 2019), the band set out on an extensive touring schedule. Known for loud, high energy live shows, The 40 Acre Mule gained a devout following with fans all over the world. But there’s always room for something different. Enter J. Isaiah Evans & The Boss Tweed! A fan of organ driven bands such as Booker T. and the MG’s, and the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, he’s forged a new path with a band that puts keys front and center of Americana rock.

"It’s an opportunity to try new sounds on some old favorites as well as explore new music with artists that I’ve always wanted to work with. I want to take Americana and blues and soul and garage rock and make it into something unique. I’m excited for people to get to know this new project."- J. Isaiah Evans
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