The New York Times called Willie Nile “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. Rolling Stone listed “the Innocent Ones as one of the “Top Ten Best Under-The-Radar Albums of 2011” and BBC Radio called it “THE rock ‘n’ roll album of the year.”
Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Jim Jarmusch, and Little Steven are among the those who have sung his praises. His album, American Ride, won “Best Rock Album of the Year” at the Independent Music Awards. It appeared on over one hundred year-end Top Ten lists for 2013 and Bono called it, “One of the great guides to unraveling the mystery that is the troubled beauty of America.”
Matt Mays is a Canadian indie-rock singer-songwriter and was the lead singer of Matt Mays & El Torpedo, a group based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and New York city. Previously Mays was a member of Canadian alt-country group, The Guthries. Mays was born in Hamilton, Ontario and grew up in Nova Scotia.