The real singer/songwriters can’t help but write songs and sing them. This alone explains the prodigious and consistent output of the bardic, Dylanesque New York City songwriter Willie Nile, an unjustly obscure performer nationally who is a legendary and revered poet amongst players and aficionados, especially in New York. If Nile’s most recent release If I Was a River is any indication, Nile cares about as much for courting broad success now as he does for the subjunctive mood. It’s a collection of drumless, soaring piano ballads and rags, romantic and jaundiced in equal measure.
More typically, Nile rocks, which is probably what he intends to do when he appears at the Towne Crier Café in Beacon on Saturday, December 27 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25. For tickets and for more information, visit www.townecrier.com. The Towne Crier is located at 379 Main Street in Beacon.