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Nils Lofgren will issue his new solo album ‘Blue For Lou’ on April 26. The 13-track effort includes five previously unreleased songs he wrote with Lou Reed in the late-1970s.
Acclaimed musician Nils Lofgren tweeted that he will perform with Neil Young & Crazy Horse at the band’s first live performances since 2014.
Latest Nils Lofgren Setlist
Nils Lofgren at Narrows Center for the Arts
- Black Books
- Long May You Run
- Girl in Motion
- Goin' Back
- Too Many Miles
- Like Rain
- Keith Don't Go
- Mud in Your Eye
- No Mercy
- Rusty Gun
- Flight Of The Bumble Bee
- Harp intro
- Shine On
About Nils Lofgren
While singer/guitarist Nils Lofgren is better known for his work with Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, his own solo career has produced a worthwhile, if inconsistent, body of work. Lofgren learned to play the accordion at age five and studied jazz and classical music as a child. He switched to rock guitar at 15 and formed the band Grin in 1969 with bassist Bob Gordon, drummer Bob Berberich, and later his brother Tom Lofgren on guitar. Grin quickly built a reputation around Washington, D.C., and Neil Young and Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten caught wind of them while touring in the area. Young invited Lofgren to play piano and sing on 1970’s After the Gold Rush, and he also played on and wrote two songs for Crazy Horse’s debut album the following year.
Instead of remaining with Young, Lofgren used the resulting exposure to get Grin a record contract. The group recorded three albums from 1971 to 1972, garnering critical praise but no sales. A move to A&M produced the lackluster Gone Crazy, which proved to be Grin’s swan song; Lofgren accepted an invitation from Young to tour in 1973 and play on his Tonight’s the Night album. Grin officially disbanded in mid-1974 owing to lack of success and financial problems. Lofgren was rumored to be under consideration as a replacement for Mick Taylor in the Rolling Stones; instead, he signed to A&M as a solo artist. His first two solo efforts, Nils Lofgren and Cry Tough, were all-around successes, and Lofgren made a name for himself on supporting tours through stunts such as performing while jumping on a trampoline.
Subsequent releases failed to develop Lofgren’s sound any further, and he became more viable as a sideman than a solo performer. Following 1983’s Trans tour with Young, Lofgren joined Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, replacing Little Stevie Van Zandt in 1984, remaining there until the unit was dissolved in 1991. Lofgren returned to solo recording that year with Silver Lining, which featured guest appearances from Springsteen and members of Ringo Starr’s band. Acoustic Live followed in 1997. Lofgren resurfaced in 2002 with the Vision Music release Breakaway Angel, his first studio effort in six years (and also notable for his emphasis on classical harp in addition to guitar). Shine Silently, on the Spectrum label, arrived in 2004. A year later, Favorites 1990-2005, pulled mostly from Lofgren’s 1991 and 1992 Rykodisc records, was released, followed by 2006’s Sacred Weapon, which featured appearances from Willie Nelson, Graham Nash, and David Crosby. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide
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