The New York Times called him ''one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years.'' His album ''Streets Of New York'' was hailed as ''a platter for the ages'' by UNCUT magazine. He has been called ''a one-man Clash'' (UNCUT) and his critically acclaimed albums have gotten rave reviews around the world. Bono, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Jim Jarmusch, Adam Duritz and Little Steven are among those who have sung his praises.
Willie Nile is a songwriters’ songwriter and his live performances are legendary. He has toured across the U.S. opening for The Who at the personal request of the band and sang with Bruce Springsteen at Giant Stadium. Bruce recently joined Willie on stage in Asbury Park for Willie’s song ''Heaven Help The Lonely''.
2009's House Of A Thousand Guitars has been called by many, ''the best album of his career''. ''They don’t make ‘em like that anymore? Well, Willie Nile just did! FOUR STARS!'' – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Willie's latest album, The Innocent Ones, for River House Records was released in 2011. It was released in Europe on Oct 11th and the North American release announcement will be coming soon. The album contains 11 original songs and was produced in New York City by Willie, Frankie Lee, Stewart Lerman, Steuart Smith (lead guitarist of The Eagles) and Hirsh Gardner.