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
Be sure to enter the contest for a autographed Fender ® Stratocaster® and a Face The Music box set.
May 8, 2014
Hope you're all in good health and spirits. E Street shows and audiences have been great and I'm thrilled to be home for a few days before playing four shows back East. It was so great to have Amy with me the last couple weeks. We love our E St. family and were grateful to be together with them.
The "Face The Music" box set is almost done. The brilliant Billy Wolf is in the home stretch, mastering 5 decades of music and getting it to all flow together. Dick & Linda Bangham are putting the finishing touches on the 20 song DVD.
To get everything sounding just right will take a bit more time and care, so the May 27 release date will be postponed a bit. We'll let you know as soon as we can when it will be done and available. Thanks for your patience and hopefully, your understanding. It really is sounding great to me and naturally, we all want it to be the absolute best it can be.
Meanwhile, I've asked Linda to share the back page insert so you can check out what's actually gonna be on it. All 189 tracks. [view here]
There is a beautiful and informative 136-page booklet of pictures, stories and explanations of the songs. Each box will include a flip sketch (by the great Melanie Corradi) signature card, plus every one of this limited edition is personally hand numbered and signed by me. You can pre-order through the website if you choose.
Anyway, I'll continue to keep you posted on all fronts. I am hoping to play some of my own concerts later this year and of course, promote the box set. I'm truly honored to be able to share the best of over 45 years of my recordings.
Peace and Believe, Nils
(Pre-order is also available at Amazon.com)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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