Nils Lofgren’s new album Blue With Lou is a nod to the late Lou Reed, with six tracks Lofgren and Reed co-wrote
Five of which have never been released. And the “rageful” title track, premiering exclusively below, is Lofgren’s tip of the hat to that material, which helped inspire his first new studio album in eight years. – to read the full article appeared on Billboard, click here
“I didn’t know what I was gonna call the record, but I knew that these six Lou Reed songs had to be on it,” Lofgren — who recorded Blue With Lou at home in Arizona, mostly live with a core trio of himself, drummer Andy Newmark and bassist Kevin McCormick — tells Billboard. He started working up the “Blue For Lou” track during sound checks, while touring in Australia with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band during early 2017. “I kept playing with it through a couple weeks, on my own and thought, ‘Man, one day I’ve got to do something with that’,” Lofgren recalls.
Lofgren adds that the track, which also features guest vocals by Cindy Mizelle, is “kind of my vision of what Lou meant to me. He was a big proponent of all art and its ability to heal us and to make you think and disturb you and seek solutions. The song is kind of a rageful thing but solution-based in the sense of ‘I want to get out of my own way let my crazy come through,’ but headed towards something better than we’re in. It’s a lot of the things I think Lou conveyed in his music.”
The two wrote the 13 songs during an initial session together at Reed’s apartment in New York, with some ending up on each of their albums — notably “City Lights” on Reed’s The Bells in 1979, which Lofgren re-recorded for Blue With Lou.