Guitar god Lofgren flourishes in multiple bands as well as solo spotlight

Mention the last time (at least for now) that guitarist Nils Lofgren toured with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band — in support of The Rising — and he fills with pride.

“That might have been our best tour,” he says. “Arguably, the E Street Band is one of the great bands in history, and I think Bruce is probably our most prolific songwriter who is still writing and putting out music.”

But despite Lofgren’s involvement with Springsteen, as well as Neil Young’s Crazy Horse and Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, the 55-year-old, who has called himself a professional musician since age 17, is a solo artist at heart. Critics hailed his 2006 album, Sacred Weapon (featuring a duet with Willie Nelson), as one of his best.

In February, Hip-O Select’s limited-edition CD release of Lofgren’s 1975 performance, Back it Up!! Live: An Authorized Bootleg, hit store shelves as part of the label?s Performance Classics series. Lofgren recently released Live Acoustic, a DVD chronicling a three-night stand in February 2006 at the intimate Birchmere in Alexandria, Va. The DVD features several of Lofgren’s musical friends, including drummer/guitarist/vocalist Bob Berberich from Lofgren’s first band, Grin, and renowned session guitarist Jeffrey ‘Skunk’ Baxter (Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers), as well as Lofgren’s three younger brothers. Lofgren checked in with Goldmine from Scottsdale, Ariz., where he lives with his wife and stepson.

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