Saturday, September 24, 2011

Nick Lowe

I was fortunate to see Nick Lowe perform recently at the Old Town School of Folk Music's concert hall, a wonderfully intimate space with extraordinary acoustics. It was as splendid an evening of music as you could ever imagine.

You may remember Lowe from the group Rockpile, his production of many of Elvis Costello's records, and his songs "Cruel to Be Kind" and "What's So Funny about Peace, Love, and Understanding".

Lowe is a unique case, one of the rare rock and rollers who has aged gracefully, acts his age, and has made his best music as he has gotten older. His recent albums are musical gems, filled with clever and wistful lyrics, and musical styles that fit the changing circumstances of those of us who aren't getting any younger.

He has a new album "The Old Magic", was interviewed recently in the New York Times, is touring behind Wilco, and appeared this evening on Prairie Home Companion. I have included some links below so you can enjoy the wit, wisdom, and music of Mr. Lowe.

Read more:    Return of the Man Who Used to Rock     New York Times
Read more:    Once Cruel to be Kind, Now Soft to be True     New York Times
                         People Change
                         NPR Tiny Desk Concert
                         Live at Fordham University     WFUV Radio
                         Live on Letterman