10 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

If I Was a River is the album that longtime Willie Nile fans have waited for. Though Nile spent his career playing guitar-based rock ’n’ roll, he’s a peerless singer/songwriter whose gentlest songs deserve these piano versions, mildly sweetened by guitarist Steuart Smith (Eagles, Rosanne Cash), multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), and Nile’s writing partner Frankie Lee on backing vocals. Poignant songs such as the title track, “Lost,” “Song of a Soldier," and “I Can’t Do Crazy (Anymore)” are delivered from the Steinway grand piano that Nile played at the Record Plant the night of John Lennon’s final session there. Ghosts abound.

EDITORS’ NOTES

If I Was a River is the album that longtime Willie Nile fans have waited for. Though Nile spent his career playing guitar-based rock ’n’ roll, he’s a peerless singer/songwriter whose gentlest songs deserve these piano versions, mildly sweetened by guitarist Steuart Smith (Eagles, Rosanne Cash), multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), and Nile’s writing partner Frankie Lee on backing vocals. Poignant songs such as the title track, “Lost,” “Song of a Soldier," and “I Can’t Do Crazy (Anymore)” are delivered from the Steinway grand piano that Nile played at the Record Plant the night of John Lennon’s final session there. Ghosts abound.

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