Dec. 17, 2014
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
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
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 email@example.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
LISTEN TO "PLAY WITH FIRE"
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.
"DREAM BIG" OFFICIAL VIDEO
"MISS YOU RAY" VIDEO
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.
CHECK OUT THE FIRST BLIND DATE JAM SESSION HERE
Peace and Believe. - Nils
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