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.
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