Oct. 25 , 2015

Hello everyone,

Hope you're all in good health and spirits. Just back from a fantastic Bridge School Concert. Had a reunion with the "Goldrush Upright", the old piano I played with over 45 years ago on the After The Goldrush album.

I played my set and Neil joined me on "Believe", singing harmony and playing harmonica, beautiful ! Then he brought me out for his set to finish the night on the Goldrush Upright and the accordion. What an honor. Southern Man, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, and many more.

Enjoyed hanging with Neil and his great band, Promise of the Real. What wonderful musicians and people. Also, the other cast of musicians who lent their talents to the beautiful evening. Caught up with dear friends Pegi Young, Spooner Oldham, Tim Foster, Tim Mulligan, Elliot Roberts,so many old dear friends.

The kids, parents and teachers of the Bridge School are amazing and I got to spend time with them, too. Clay, one of the students, did a cool interview with me that I thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks to you all at the Bridge School. You are true heroes!

Anyway, home to repack and back to airport to fly to London and start our tour. Excited about all the shows.

Amy designed some cool, new T-shirts and posters and it was her idea to record and package the new Live CD from the recent January, UK tour. Thanks Amy!  It came out great and we'll have that and the Face the Music box set at the shows for you, along with other music. Amy will be there too! Starting at Cadogan Hall.

I'll be out after the shows to the Merch table to visit and sign CDs and T-shirts. Come see us, we plan to do an inspired show thanks to you, our wonderful audience. It will be cash only for the Merch so plan accordingly– we have some neat new stuff.

See you all soon and please, spread the word. 21 shows coming up and grateful to be heading your way.

Thanks to all ...

Peace and Believe,  Nils


Sept 20, 2015

Hello everyone,

Hope you're all in good health and spirits. Thanks to Danny Zelisko and The Talking Stick Casino for a great gig in Scottsdale. Best one yet. Greg Varlotta and I had a ball and my old friend and great guitarist Bobby Manriquez sat in with us on a couple of numbers. I also broke out the accordion for a reckless "Flight of the Bumblebee" which I got through thanks to audience encouragement. What a great audience of friends and long time listeners. Thanks all!! Also, our apologies to Tucson fans as the venue felt uncomfortable going on with the show. Hope to be back another time.

Hats off to the fabulous Amy L. who helped me crack the 50,000 Twitter mark! God bless you, Amy.  What a great way for us to stay in touch with music fans and spread the word on everything.

The double vinyl release of Acoustic Live is finally here. Linda has posted the link to get it at website. Really cool. Also, our Face the Music Live in the UK 2015 CD is on the way. We plan to have it at all the venues on upcoming tour in England, Ireland and Scotland and Wales. (Along with the Face the Music box set). It really came out wonderful. Again, Amy's idea to record last half of January tour for this and I'm still a bit surprised how well it turned out. Amy. Dick and Linda have put a beautiful package together. Mixed by Martin Wharton and mastered by Billy Wolf who both did a great job.

Amy's also designed some great new Tshirts and poster for this tour we will have at all the shows.

Out of the blue, I was invited to play the first night of the incredible Bridge School Benefit concerts in CA. I'll play Saturday, Oct. 24th, then rush to London to rehearse and begin our UK tour. I'd performed at a few of them years ago and am so honored to be going back, especially to share the experience with Amy.

I've finally started writing again, slowly but surely and hope to start recording a new solo album sometime next year. It's a long process for me but I'm excited it's begun.

Lot's of solo show dates being booked now for next year all over. Linda will be posting them as they get announced. Please spread the word and come see us.

Anyway, that's the latest for now. Thanks so much to all of you for the continued interest and support all these 47 years on the road!

Peace and Believe,  Nils


July 15, 2015

Hi everyone,

Hope you're all in good health and spirits.

The recent solo run just finished, I wanted to thank all in attendance for being such great audiences. Also, a big thanks to Ed Manion and Joe Gruschecky for sitting in at the Pittsburg show. It was a joy to play with them both. Thanks guys!

Now looking ahead to gigs in Scottsdale, Tucson and the UK–all with the great Greg Varlotta. Should be fun. Please come see us and spread the word.

I plan to start writing this summer and hope to start recording another solo album sometime this year. Still working on the Live UK CD and hope to have it done by the end of summer. It's really sounding good to me.

Amy and I wish you all the best and thank you all for the continued support.

Peace & Believe, Nils


June 23, 2015

Hi everyone, thanks for the many, wonderful birthday wishes! Means so much and we are grateful.

I'm excited to be organizing my first solo run of shows coming up in July.

Come see me and spread the word please~Friday, July 10th Northfield Ohio, Sat. July 11th Niagara Falls, NY, and Sunday July 12th in Pittsburgh, PA.

Also, Amy and I send our love and prayers to the victims, families and community in South Carolina. The forgiveness and grace on display there is amazing and inspiring, especially in light of their staggering loss and grief at the hands of ignorance and hate.

Peace and Believe, Nils


June 7, 2015

Hello everyone, Annapolis was Rocking!

This Monday and Tuesday at the Birchmere, shows are at 7:30 PM. Doors at 6.
Come see us! Me, Greg Varlotta and the Lofgren Brothers. Amy too!

Peace and Believe, Nils


May 22, 2015

Hello everyone,

Hope you're all in good health and spirits. Happy to be back home after
great, East Coast run of duo shows with Greg Varlotta. Thanks to all the great audiences that attended.

Amy and I also had a ball at the KACF charity dinner last weekend. Lots of friends and music with some of the Seeger Sessions Band and big fun to play and sing a few songs with Bruce. A wonderful night all around. Congrats to Thom Zimney the honoree that special night.

Getting ready now for next run of shows in June. Still plenty of seats at
Birchmere, June 8 and 9. See website schedule for details.

Also, coming back to the UK in October and November with Amy and looking so forward to another great run there.

Still working on a CD of our January UK live shows. Will keep you posted.
We're hoping to have the Wonderland album, one of my favorites,
available in CD format at the store soon. Linda will keep you posted on that.

Stay safe all and hope to see you at upcoming shows.

Peace and Believe, Nils


May 1, 2015

Hi everyone,

Hope you're all in good health and spirits. Starting a run of acoustic duo shows in the Northeast with Greg Varlotta tonight. Please come see us if you can. All the info is posted at site here.

Sadly, this week, we lost our dear friends Lenore Travis and Lyle Centola. With heavy hearts Amy and I send our love and prayers to their families and friends. They number many. They will be dearly missed and their spirits will live on with us all.

Take care of yourselves out there and embrace the day and your loved ones.

Peace and Believe, Nils


Feb. 16, 2015

Hello everyone, hope you're all in good health and spirits.

Back home after a wonderful UK run of shows in January. What an amazing experience for Amy and I and our team there. We loved it. A huge thanks to everyone who made it to the shows. Really meant a lot.
We are working on a possible return trip in November to the UK and will
keep you posted.

Meanwhile, I'll be at the Birchmere, Alexandria, VA and Rams Head,
Annapolis, MD
2 nights each, in June with my acoustic show. Dates are
now posted. Also, working on some May dates in the Northeast and hope to have some details soon for you.

There are plans underway now to release "Acoustic Live" as a double, vinyl album and a re-release of the first "Fat Man" solo album on CD. I'm participating in both and we'll keep you posted.

Mild here in AZ but winter is slamming the country! Please everyone, stay
warm, safe and take care of yourselves and each other.

Thanks to all for spreading the word on all the music and shows.
We'll be in touch.

Peace and Believe - Nils


Dec. 17, 2014

Hello Everyone,

Hope you're all in good health and spirits. Amy and I wish you all a safe, peaceful Holiday and New Year.

Of course, we are preparing for our 16 city UK tour in January and very excited to start the new year with a run like this in England. Plenty of tickets left and we'd love to see as many of you as possible there.

Our 10 disc, 189 tracks, 45 year box set retrospective, "Face the Music", is available here at website which includes a bonus pin of cover shot from Amy. Also, a 136 page booklet, telling the story. I wrote it and my dear friend Dave Marsh edited it with me. We're all proud of it and appreciate you all continuing to spread the word for us.

Just participated last weekend in Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding, a long time , annual charity event by Alice, Cheryl and family, it was big fun. I played in a great, jam band with Jonny Lang, Joe Lynn Turner, Jack Blades, Andrew Johns and Glen Sobel. Everyone was great to work with and, as a long time fan, finally playing with Jonny and this gang was a highlight for me. A long, beautiful night of music, charity and camaraderie. Hats off to all crew, production, participants and the great audience who turned out.

I'm hoping to play more of my own shows in the States next year. We'll keep you posted. Also, after returning from England, I expect to be tired and inspired, I'll begin writing and working toward another solo recording project as I continue to promote the box set.

Thanks to you all for the continued support and interest. It means the world to us and we are grateful. Best and love from me and Amy to you all.

Peace and Believe,  Nils

PS-Please check out my 3 Christmas songs. Done for local AZ UCP charity years ago. Happy, Peaceful Holidays.


Nov. 1, 2014

Hello everyone,

Hope you're all in good health and spirits. We now have more box sets and are filling the back orders every day. The new batch still all have the Flip sketch, personally numbered and autographed by me.

Amy also made a great "Face the Music" can opener which is now available at the store to check out.

I had a ball doing my first 4 solo shows in a few years with Greg  Varlotta. The audiences were great and much appreciated.

Now preparing for a 16 city run in England in January. Hopeful Amy will make it. Excited to finally get back to the UK to play.

Planning a NY trip to make up the radio shows I missed with Dave Marsh, WFUV, SVZ, Mad Dog, etc. in November.

Thanks to all for spreading the word, especially on the Box Set. Really happy how it came out.

Amy and I continue to be grateful for the many kind comments, observations  and insights on the entire box set from all of you.  Realizing so many of you have noticed the detail and care that went into every aspect, the story, the music, the photos and ephemera, (thanks Steve Smolen) the concept and packaging; this means so very much to us and everyone involved at Fantasy, Linda and Dick Bangham, the entire team thanks you for your keen eyes and ears and spreading the word for us.

Hopefully, more listeners will continue to become aware of this work.

Come see us in the UK! 

Peace and Believe,  Nils

check out new youtube video "You In My Arms"!


Aug 14, 2014

Hello everyone,

Hope you're all in good health and spirits.

Well, the 10 disc, 45 year box set retrospective of my recordings Face the Music is finally out on Fantasy Records and I'm thrilled.

I played and talked for a couple of hours on the release date last Tuesday, August 5th, at the Grammy Museum in L.A.  It was a lot of fun. Jamming with my old friends at the Conan show was great, too. Conan's a good guitar player and a great, music lover.

We're almost out of the initial run and are now in the process of ordering more units. They will all still include a personally numbered and signed card with a beautiful "flip" sketch by Melanie Corradi, one of our favorite artists. I've got a lot of signing to do! Also, orders through our website will continue to include a special "Face the Music" pin gift, courtesy of Amy. Thanks to everyone for your support and interest spreading the word.

And a huge thanks to Amy Lofgren, Omar and Maria Ojeda, Billy Wolf, Dick and Linda Bangham and everyone at Fantasy/Concord Records who spent 18 months putting this compilation together with care and love. What a gift for me to assemble so many songs that have been largely out of print for so long and share them with you. Please keep spreading the word!

I'm also excited about my first solo shows in 3 years coming up. The great Greg Varlotta will join me again to perform at;

Vinyl, Hard Rock Casino in Vegas, Sept. 26, 28. Friday and Sunday.

Oct. 3, Friday at Talking Stick Casino in Scottsdale, and Oct. 4, Sat., at the Fox Theater in Tuscon.

Please spread the word and come and see us. We intend to do a special show for you all.

Then, in January, we'll be doing 16 shows in England. One night will be Glasgow in Scotland.

I certainly hope if that goes well, we can get back later in the year to Ireland, Wales, and other cities there. Sorry we couldn't get more in this trip but please come and see us.

 As always, I do plan to sign CDs and shirts after every show. We have requested the venues keep the pub open! Hope they listen. I'm also hopeful the beautiful, informative and entertaining Amy Lofgren will be there with us. Amy's now designing some Face the Music T-shirts for women and men, Stay tuned...

Lot's of info on all this here at website. Thank you all, again, for your continued help in spreading the word about the music and shows.

Peace and Believe, Nils


Dec 4, 2013

Hello everyone -We’re now offering a complete package of either 14 Beginners Guitar Lessons or 10 Intermediate Lessons at a 20% discount for each package. Gift vouchers are available if you want to give them for the holidays, just email lessons@nilslofgren.com for information. Thanks - Nils


Nov 26, 2013

Hello everyone -

Recently I played in a fabulous house band at the Rock and  Roll Hall of Fame tribute concert to the Rolling Stones, on October 26th.
I did my own version of a favorite, "Play With Fire" and here is my original demo I sent out to the band.
    It's primitive but has a good feel and I wanted to share it with you all.

Peace and Believe, Nils



Oct 30, 2013

It brought great sadness to hear of Lou Reed's passing. What a passionate, brilliant writer and artist Lou was. It was a great honor and surprise to hit it off with Lou and wind up co-writing 13 songs together.

We had a great evening at his N.Y. apartment, discussing a co-writing plan while enjoying a Redskins vs Cowboys, NFL game. Lou was a big football fan which was one of many, wonderful surprises. What a gifted, intelligent, lovely man he was.

God bless and keep you Lou. You'll be missed by the planet. Certainly by me.

Love and prayers to you and family. Rest in Peace, Nils and Amy

Listen to "LIFE" written by Nils Lofgren and Lou Reed, saxophone Branford Marsalis. From the "Damaged Goods" CD.





May 4, 2011 - BLIND DATE JAM!

   Now on to a brand new musical project we're ready to share with you. I've had this idea for a few years and have finally gotten around to trying it.  Let me attempt to explain it. Over the last 42 years, I've been involved with many different musical productions for TV , video, and film. Traditionally and appropriately there is always a great degree of organization, rehearsal, preparation and pre-production detail that goes into these endeavors. All of us continue to enjoy a well crafted live, musical performance on TV, video, film, etc.. During the rehearsals for these musical productions there are inevitable breaks and down time while technical issues are sorted out. Often these require the musicians to stay put on the set, instruments in hand and wait. Occasionally one of the players will start a cool, off the cuff riff and others will join in, in an impromptu  jam session that can be quite inspired. Of course, the audience never hears or sees this. Not burdened with arrangements, beginnings, ends or any type of required structure, these jams can be inspired, free, reckless and fun. A few years ago I was in a fantastic band that Patti Scialfa had put together to do some live TV show performances. We were promoting a great album of Patti's songs that we had recorded with her. I was playing some B-3 organ which was big fun for me. Along with Steve Jordan, Willie Weeks, Mark Stewart and Cliff Carter, all fabulous musicians, we seemed to be quietly jamming a lot on TV sets while waiting for the next run-through. I was thrilled to be a part of such impromptu, special musical moments and it reminded me of many other moments like these, gone un-recorded and never shared.  I kept thinking in the back of my mind that music fans would enjoy seeing this kind of interaction amongst great players. 
       So I started planning the "Blind Date Jam" sessions in the back of my mind.  Where players get together with no rehearsal, no plan, no pre-production, and challenge themselves to jam on the spot and rely on years of musical experience and instinct to create something special.  Just show up with your instruments, no plan but to improvise inspired music with friends for a couple hours, play free with no rules but to be your creative self, enjoy and express your musical gifts and go home. Not all musicians are comfortable with that type of jamming but I know many who are, including me.
     So, I finally got it together to start this "Blind Date Jam" project out in our home garage studio in Arizona. I did some demos years ago with Mike Smith who is an extraordinary musician and has remained a good friend. Mike's pedal steel playing is magnificent. During these old demo sessions I had challenged some local players to learn and play some new songs quickly (which they all did well)  and it seemed like Mike might enjoy the "Blind Date Jam" format. We discussed it in advance of course and he seemed open and excited about it. The "no homework or rehearsal" aspect of it is bound to appeal to almost any musician, myself included! Anyway, I put a team of friends together to do a basic home recording and video taping of two impromptu hours of jamming with Mike. Jamie Weddle and John Ramirez handled the recording and Tony Hartman did a three camera shoot and the digital editing to put it all together with Jamie's mixes. I bounce between acoustic, piano, electric and singing while Mike jams along on his pedal steel.  I had hoped to get 40 to 50 minutes of inspired playing and interaction to present to you, the audience.  Turns out we got an hour and 20 minutes of what I think is inspired, impromptu musical jamming that represents the concept as I've explained it.
      You'll see me presenting ideas on the spot to Mike, talking through the chords briefly and launching in to each piece. It's primitive, rough and inspired jamming that I feel and hope you as music fans will enjoy. I hope some of you decide to check it out. I'm very proud of this first, "Blind Date Jam" session and hope it leads to more of them. If you try it and enjoy it, please spread the word for us as this is an extremely grass roots, homegrown endeavor.  Thanks again to Mike Smith, Tony Hartman, Jamie Weddle, John Ramirez and Dick and Linda Bangham for their great help in getting this idea from my musical mind to our website to share.


         Peace and Believe. -  Nils  

Nils' videotaped a bit of the UK fall '05 tour--
thanks to guitar tech Roy Witte -- here's two installments!



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Follow the link to a few pages of
Chord Charts written by Nils
in response to some of the Digest requests!

Click on this link to view an illustration
of Nil's current Guitar Rig set up
courtesy of Guitar Tech Roy Witte

Nils and Steven Van Zandt with Paul Rodgers,
founder of of "Bad Company" and formerly "Free"
while touring in Canada (above)

For info on Paul visit his website:

Tues Oct 27 De La Warr Pavilion
Bexhill On Sea, East Sussex TN40 1DP
Box Office: 01424 229 111 or boxoffice@dlwp.com
venue website
Weds Oct 28 The Stables
Stockwell Lane
Wavendon, Milton Keynes MK17 8LU
Box Office - 01908 280800
venue website
Thur Oct 29 Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace,
London SW1X 9DQ
Box Office: 020 7730 4500
venue website
Fri Oct 30 Concert Hall
Fairfield Halls, Park Lane
Croydon, Surrey, CR9 1DG
Box Office: 020 8688 9291
venue website
Sun Nov 1 Ulster Hall
Belfast City Hall, Belfast, BT1 5GS
Box Office: 028 9033 4455  
venue website
Mon Nov 2 Vicar Street
B24 Holles Street
Dublin 2, Ireland
Box Office: 01 775 5800  
venue website
Weds Nov 4 Royal Hall
Harrogate Theatre
Oxford Street, Harrogate
North Yorkshire HG1 1QF
Box Office: 01423 502 116  
venue website
Thurs Nov 5 Sheffield City Hall
Barkers Pool
Sheffield S1 2JA
Box Office: 0114 2789 789  
venue website
Fri Nov 6 Venue Cymru
Llandudno LL30 1BB
Box Office: 01492 872 000  
venue website
Sat Nov 7 Forum
Malvern Theatres, Grange Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3HB
Box Office: 01684 892 277  
venue website
Mon Nov 9 Charter Theatre
Lancaster Road
Preston, PR1 1HT
Box Office: 772 80 44 44  
venue website
Tues Nov 10 Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Exchange Street, Aylesbury,
Buckinghamshire HP20 1UG, UK
Box Office: 0844 871 7607  
venue website
Thurs Nov 12 De Montfort Hall
Granville Road
Leicester LE1 7RU
Box Office: 0116 233 3111  
venue website
Fri Nov 13

Scarborough Spa - The Grand Hall
South Bay, Scarborough
North Yorkshire YO11 2HD
Box Office: 01723 821 888  
venue website

Sat Nov 14 The Queens Hall
85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG

Box Office: 0131 668 2019  
venue website
Mon Nov 16 Eden Court Theatre
Bishops Road
Inverness IV3 5SA

Box Office: 01463 234 234  
venue website
Tues Nov 17 Music Hall
Union Street, Aberdeen,
Aberdeen City AB10 1QS

Box Office: 01224 641 122  
venue website
Thurs Nov 19 Playhouse
Whitley Bay
Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay NE26 1LZ, UK

Box Office: 0844 248 1588  
venue website
Fri Nov 20 Opera House
Water Street, Buxton
Derbyshire SK17 6XN

Box Office: 0845 127 2190  
venue website
Sat Nov 21 New Brighton Floral Pavilion
Marine Promenade, New Brighton
Wirral, CH45 2JS

Box Office: 0151 666 0000  
venue website
Sun Nov 22 Watford Colosseum
Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN
Box Office: 0845 075 3993  
venue website
Fri Jan 29 Dosey Doe Music Café
463 FM 1488 Road, Conroe, TX 77384
Doors 6PM Show 8:30PM
buy tickets
Thurs Jan 21 Carolina Theater of Durham
309 Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27712
Dorrs 7PM Show 8PM
venue website
Fri Jan 22 Variety Playhouse
1099 Euclid Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307
Doors: 7:30, Show 8:30
buy tickets
Sat Jan 23 City Winery
109 Lafayette Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
Doors 7PM, Show 8:30PM
buy tickets
Sun Jan 31 One World Theatre
7701 Bee Caves Rd., Austin, TX 78746
buy tickets
Doors 6:30PM Show 7:00PM
Sat. Feb 20

Palladium Theatre
Hough Hall
253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
buy tickets

Show 8:00PM

Fri Mar 11 Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941
buy tickets
Doors 7PM Show 8:00PM 21+
Sat Mar 12 Montalvo Arts Center
15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga, CA 95071
buy tickets
Doors 7:30PM Show 8:00PM
Thurs Mar 31 The Colonial Theatre
227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460
buy tickets
Fri Apr 1 Williamson Theatre
2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY
Doors 7:30PM Show 8:00PM
Box Office 718.982.2787
Fri Apr 22 The Birchmere
3701 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22305
buy tickets
Sat Apr 23 The Birchmere
3701 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22305
buy tickets
Thurs Apr 28 The Space at Westbury
250 Post Ave., Westbury, NY 11590
Doors 7PM Show 8:00PM
buy tickets
Tues May 17
Weds May 18
Dakota Jazz Club
1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
venue website
Show 7:00PM


Sept. 2005:

Greetings Nils Fans,
I am extremely happy to announce that the 'TRIBUTE TO NILS LOFGREN' DVD is available! to order at www.bandhousegigs.com

The Tribute to Nils was an unforgettable concert held at Strathmore, on August 22, 2004, and was attended by more than 5,000 fans. The DVD runs about 3 & 1/2 hours & features an 11 song (full band) set from Nils and includes the long awaited Grin reunion with Bob Berberich and Tom Lofgren along with Bob Gordons son, Billy on bass. There are terrific performances from Mary Ann Redmond, Tommy Lepson, Tommy Keene, Martha Hull, The Lofgren Brothers, Bobby Manriquez, Eric Ambel, Tom Lofgren,Tom Miller, Julie Sanderson, Bob Berberich, Rocky Roberts and Eric Brace all backed by various Nils band mates including Buck Brown, Timm Biery, Jeffrey "Skunk" Baxter, Mike Zack, Louie Newmyer, Chuck Sullivan, and myself. The show also featured one of the final performances by the late, great Wade Matthews.

At Nils request, dvd sales proceeds (after production expenses) will be donated to Hungry For Music, a wonderful D.C. based 501C organization that donates instruments and provides music education programs to children and schools that cannot afford them. It is a very worthy cause, near and dear to Nils and all of the performers who have agreed to its support, via dvd sales. We are forever grateful to all of the musicians for theirkindness & generosity

The show was filmed by John Collins and Happy Medium Productions, mixed by Tom Lofgren and recorded on 24 tracks by John Penovich.

Boomer, Jeremy and the rest of Nils crew made the whole show possible by donating their time and expertise to allow us to produce such a complicated show with band lineups changing on virtually every song.

The dvd, like the show, reflects the tremendous love and respect that performers and fans alike, have for Nils and his music. We are very pleased and proud to finally have this show on dvd and hope everyone will have as much fun seeing it as we had putting it together.

Ronnie Newmyer & BANDHOUSE GIGS