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Nils Lofgren on World Cafe | June 19, 2012

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Nils Lofgren has built a stellar reputation as a masterful guitarist in both solo and collaborative endeavors, and his extensive discography showcases a unique brand of high-energy blues-rock. Since the 1970s, Lofgren has released more than 40 solo albums, as well as plenty of collaborations with Neil Young, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen and his early band Grin.

The passage of time and two recent hip replacements — partly the product of his on-stage gymnastics — haven't slowed Lofgren down. His latest album came out this past December, and Old School is just as gritty and rocking as any classic Lofgren album, with an added element of nostalgia. With song titles such as "60 is the New 18" and "Ain't Too Many of Us Left," it demonstrates the way America's iconic rockers are still more than capable of anthemic, blisteringly quick guitar solos.

This segment originally aired on February 9, 2012. (link)


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Grin "See What Love Can Do" The Very Best of Grin
((Nils Lofgren "Long May You Run" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Nils Lofgren "If I Should Fall Behind" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Nils Lofgren "You Ray" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Nils Lofgren "Miss You Ray" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Nils Lofgren "Long May You Run" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Nils Lofgren "No Mercy" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Bruce Springsteen "Rosalita" The Wild, The Innocent And The E-Street Shuffle))


Bo Diddley "Bo Diddley" Great Tomato Blues Package, Disc 2
Buddy Holly "Not Fade Away" From the Original Master Tapes
Simone Felice "You and I Belong" Simone Felice
T Rex "The Slider" The Slider
Heartless Bastards "Got to Have Rock and Roll" Arrow
((Andrew Bird "Fitz And The Dizzyspells" Noble Beast))
Orquesta Casino de la Playa "Bruca Manigua" Memories of Cuba, 1937 - 1944
Luis Enrique "Yo No Se Mañana" Ciclos
Johnny Otis "Willie and the Hand Jive" The Capitol Years
Bruce Springsteen "She's the One" Born to Run
((Jennifer O'Connor "Today" Over The Mountain))
The Shins "Simple Song" Port of Morrow
The Jayhawks "She Walks in So Many Ways" Mockingbird Time
Amos Lee "Flower" Mission Bell
Iron & Wine "Boy With a Coin" Boy With a Coin
Cass McCombs "County Line" Wit's End
((The Dears "Disclaimer" Missiles))