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Albums Of The Week: Nils Lofgren | Mountains

Bruce & Neil's favourite sideman finally makes some time to release another solo set.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “It’s been a busy couple of years for rocker Nils Lofgren, and it just got busier.

After recording both the Barn album (and the Grammy-nominated film) and the World Record album (produced by Neil Young and Rick Rubin) as a member of Young’s Crazy Horse, followed by the recently released All Roads Lead Home by band members Molina, Talbot, Lofgren & Young, Nils got a call that Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band were going out on an extended worldwide tour. But even though solo touring has been put on hold, fans won’t have to wait for Nils’ new studio album Mountains.

On Mountains, Nils moves seamlessly between bluesy, straightahead rockers and tender ballads as only he can — all treated with Lofgren’s attention to sonic detail, not to mention his unmistakable vocals and guitar. Produced by Nils and his wife Amy, Mountains contains Nils’ adept story telling at its best, with nine new originals and a cover of Springsteen’s Back In Your Arms. Notable guests on the new album include Young, Ringo Starr, David Crosby, Cindy Mizelle, the Howard Gospel Choir and Ron Carter. Blue With Lou bandmates Andy Newmark and Kevin McCormick make a repeat appearance.

“With new and unfamiliar challenges facing us at home these last years of pandemic, I wrote and recorded Mountains to reflect that journey,” Lofgren says. “I can’t recall feeling stronger about a new album. Rough, tender, an inspired work for me, gratefully. I’m excited to share this new, emotional music.”


Photo by Carl Schultz.
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