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Nils Lofgren's management enlisted Al Gomes and A. Michelle of Big Noise to oversee part of the publicity and promotion campaign for his acclaimed CD 'Sacred Weapon.'

Because of Big Noise's efforts, Nils' CD was placed on the Official Ballot for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards by The Recording Academy for Record of the Year (Nils along with David Crosby and Graham Nash - 'Frankie Hang On'), Album of the Year ('Sacred Weapon'), Song of the Year ('Frankie Hang On'), Best Pop Male Performance ('Whiskey Holler'), Best Pop Collaboration (Nils with Willie Nelson - 'In Your Hands'), and Best Pop Album ('Sacred Weapon').

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Nils Lofgren is a virtuoso rock guitarist who has toured with Ringo Starr, Neil Young, and is a member of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. He was the founding member of the '70s group Grin and has enjoyed a successful solo career with his classic albums "Nils Lofgren" and "Cry Tough" through his current releases including "Acoustic Live," "Breakaway Angel" and most recently, "Sacred Weapon," which features duets with Willie Nelson, Graham Nash, David Crosby, and Martin Sexton.

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Career Highlights

Born: June 21, 1951

1968 - Turned professional at 17 years old. Began early recordings with various bands including Crystal Mesh, The Shot, Paul Dowell & The Dolphin.

1970 - Joined NEIL YOUNG's band at age 19, and played piano, guitar and sang on the acclaimed platinum album "AFTER THE GOLD RUSH."

1971 - Began recording career with the band GRIN with the release of their self-titled album, followed in 1972 with the second release by GRIN album entitled "1+1," which included the Top 40 hit "WHITE LIES". Recorded four total albums with GRIN through 1974.

1972 - Joined CRAZY HORSE to record classic first album, the only one featuring Danny Whitten.

1973 - Played on NEIL YOUNG's "TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT" album. Toured extensively throughout the world with Neil to promote the album.

1975 - Began recording as a solo artist for A&M Records with the release of "NILS LOFGREN." The album featured the songs "Back It Up" and "Keith Don't Go."

1976 - Released "CRY TOUGH."

1977 - Released "I CAME TO DANCE" and toured worldwide.

1978 - Released the Double Live Album "NIGHT AFTER NIGHT."

1979 - Released "NILS" solo album, which contained the European Top 40 hit "Shine Silently."

1981 - Released "NIGHT FADES AWAY" on MCA Records. World Tour followed.

1983 - Played on NEIL YOUNG's "TRANS." Toured worldwide as a member of Neil's namd, and appeared in the movie made of the tour, entitled "BERLIN."

1983 - Released "WONDERLAND" on MCA Records, which features the song "Across The Tracks," whose video received substantial airplay on MTV.

1984 - Joined BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND as guitarist. Played over 150 shows worldwide on the "BORN IN THE USA" Tour.

1985 - Released the solo album "FLIP" on Columbia Records, which contained the Top 40 European hit "SECRETS IN THE STREET". Video for the single was aired on MTV and VH-1.

1988 - Played on BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN's "TUNNEL OF LOVE." Played on the "TUNNEL OF LOVE" and "AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL" World Tours with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN. Recorded the "BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN LIVE" album and appeared in numerous Springsteen videos.

1989 - Joined RINGO STARR'S ALL STARR BAND for the World Tour and resulting live album and video.

1991 - Released the album "SILVER LINING" on Rykodisc. Included the Top 40 AOR Track "VALENTINE." Appeared on THE TONIGHT SHOW, DAVID LETTERMAN, and MTV. Played over 100 shows in 12 countries.

1992 - Released "CROOKED LINE" album on Rykodisc. Contained the song "BLUE SKIES", whose associated video was produced and aired on VH-1.

1992 - Joined RINGO STARR and THE ALL STARR BAND for second World Tour. Live album released during fall of 1993.

1993 - Played with NEIL YOUNG on MTV UNPLUGGED in February, which was shown throughout the world, and subsequently released as a live CD in the summer. CD achieved platinum status.

1993 - Recorded soundtrack for the movie "EVERYBREATH."

1993 - Played on the PBS Special "THE BEATLES SONGBOOK" in January, which also featured Dr. John, Los Lobos and Cathy Mattea.

1993 - Recorded with BRANFORD MARSALIS in July for Branford's 1994 release entitled "BUCKSHOT LeFONQUE" on Columbia Records.

1994 - Released soundtrack CD for the movie "EVERYBREATH" in February on Stampede Records. Movie released in June 1994 by Columbia/Tristar.

1991-1993 - Musical Director for ABC's PAULA POUNDSTONE SHOW.

1991-1996 - Musical Director for the CABLE ACE AWARDS.

1995 - Released "DAMAGED GOODS" on Pure Records.

1997 - Released "ACOUSTIC LIVE" on Capitol Records/Right Stuff.

1997-1999 - Continued extensive acoustic and electric tours.

1999-2000 - World Tour with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND, and appeared on the HBO Special recorded during the tour. Double CD, Video and DVD released 2001.

2001 - In April, song "Black Books" from "ACOUSTIC LIVE" album appeared in HBO hit show THE SOPRANOS.

2001 - "BREAK AWAY ANGEL" released on Vision Music. An extension of "ACOUSTIC LIVE", this CD was recorded mostly live in the studio and features improvisational acoustic leads over unusual harp as thematic rhythm instrument. Also features Lee Sklar and Wade Matthews on bass and Timm Biery and Mike Botts on drums.

2002 - Recorded "THE RISING " with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and the E STREET BAND, followed by a World Tour. Nils becomes a more versatile swing man, playing pedal steel, dobro, bottleneck, lap steel and 6-string banjo on stage. Tour ends in October of 2003.

2004 - Records "23rd STREET LULLABY" with PATTI SCIALFA. Does promo tour and 3-week U.S. Tour with Patti's band.

2005 - Appeared as guitarist with WILLIE NELSON at KENNEDY CENTER HONORS in December.

2006 - Latest solo release "SACRED WEAPON" featuring Kevin McCormick on bass and Timm Biery on drums. Also features duets with Willie Nelson, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Martin Sexton, Margo Reed, Mary Ann Redmond, Tom Lepson, Bob Berberich and the Lofgren Brothers.

2006 - DVD Release "NILS LOFGREN & FRIENDS LIVE ACOUSTIC" recorded at the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA with special guest appearances by the Lofgren Bros., Mary Ann Redmond, Bob Berberich, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Paul Bell and Buck Brown.

2007 - Currently guitarist in BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND.

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