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Premiere: Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall still packs hard, relevant wallup

Willie Nile

Willie Nile has established a reputation as a world-class rock ’n’ roller, and as a singular songwriter with deep roots in rock’s rich history, so when Nile participated in a 75th-birthday Dylan tribute show, the seed for Positively Bob found fertile ground.

Don’t expect to hear a Dylan rehash, expect an intelligent reworking of classics by a classic rocker. Here’s what Willie Nile himself thinks about “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”:


A jaw-dropping apocalyptic vision that sadly rings as true today as it did when Bob wrote it many years ago. It’s a blistering indictment of intolerance, injustice and man’s inhumanity to man. There was nothing like this on the radio back then and there’s certainly nothing like it on the radio these days. When I was choosing songs to play at a Bob Dylan 75th birthday concert in NYC last year this was one of the first that came to mind. It’s deep and riveting and full of compassion. “I heard ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken.” That sounds like politicians and TV news and talk shows today. And to think it was written when he was just 21! Truly inspiring.

Follow Willie Nile on his website or Facebook, and check out Willie Nile’s Tour:

May 2  PORT WASHINGTON, NY  Landmark on Main Street

May 12  BEACON, NY  Towne Crier Café

May 13  ROCHESTER, NY  The Montage Music Hall

May 19 – 27 Europe

May 22  LOVELADIES, NJ  Long Beach Island Foundation

June 17  ASBURY PARK, NJ  TBA

June 23  TARRYTOWN, NY  Tarrytown Music Hall

Sept. 1  BRONX, NY  Yankee Stadium

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