Willie Nile – a New Yorker for decades, but a Buffalonian at heart – has been riding a later-career renaissance since the 2004 release of “Beautiful Wreck of the World.” That album kicked off a renewed interest in the poetic rock troubadour, earning him plaudits from peers, critics and listeners alike. Nile has been on a roll ever since, releasing the strongest albums of his lengthy career, all of them peppered with lyrical insights and bolstered by indelible hooks in the form of “Streets of New York” (2006), “House of A Thousand Guitars” (2009) and “The Innocent Ones” (2010).
Now, Nile is poised to release a new album, “American Ride,” in the coming weeks. I’ve heard it, so I can report that, yes, it continues Nile’s hot streak. The album’s production costs were covered by fan funding, through an online campaign conducted by Nile and his street team. Once again, Nile has delivered an album’s worth of everyman anthems, melodies brimming with hope and hinting at transcendence, and bursting with the vigor of classic four-chord rock ’n’ roll. – Jeff Miers
Willie Nile with Jefferson Grizzard – When: 8 p.m. Saturday. Where: Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. Tickets: $21 advance, $24 day of show (box office, Ticketmaster). Info: www.tralfmusichall.com