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“New York at Night” is the 13th studio album from veteran rock ‘n’ roll troubadour Willie Nile, and the strongest manifestation to date of his deep affinity for the city. The album’s 12 new originals exemplify the artist’s trademark mix of romance, idealism, humour, emotional urgency and a true believer’s passionate embrace of all things rock ‘n’ roll. This affectionate tribute from the veteran singer-songwriter was released even as the city itself often resembled something of a ghost town due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The record celebrates family, unity and the city Nile has called home since the early 1970s

New Yorker Magazine has described Willie as “One of the most brilliant singer-songwriters of the past 30 years”, and Uncut Magazine dubbed him the unofficial poet laureate of New York City.Nile says the idea for the name, “New York at Night”, came to him one Friday night in the summer of 2018, when he was walking alone near Times Square to catch a subway. When he got on the train he saw a man all covered in thick whipped cream. After he exited the train he saw all sorts of characters on the street in Greenwich Village. As he continued his walk home, he thought “New York at night, wow, what a name for a song”. After he got home he picked up his guitar and wrote the song. Most of the songs are New York inspired but it is not a concept album.  Nile says “What all the songs on this album have in common is that they reflect my life and experiences living in New York.”

Nile first recorded “Run Free” in 2003 with his band, at the time, The Worry Dolls, but it was never previously released. “Surrender the Moon” is a song started by Nile’s brother John Noonan who died a year after starting the song in 2007. Nile finished the song for this album. Nile co-wrote “New York is Rockin'” with Curtis Stigers for Stigers’ 1995 album Time Was.

In February 2020 Nile announced plans to release his 13th studio album in 2020. On his own website he took advance orders for digital downloads, CDs, signed lyrics and other merchandise to raise funds to produce the album.  In a March 2020 interview by Jam Band News, Nile said ““I like the independent world.” “There are no constraints and you can work at your own speed. I’ve no complaints about having been on major labels. I was on two of them and I was able to do what I wanted to do.

But things have changed so much in the music business that being independent allows for so many more options.”[5] Nile has employed similar crowdfunding campaigns for five of his previous albums.

Released on May 15th, 2020 by River House Records