Nils Lofgren, sidekick to the stars... and a flaming star in his own right. Both Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen have showcased the talents of Nils Lofgren within their own bands for many years, yet the man has still managed to create a superb portfolio of his own material, released under his own name, and with his highly regarded early 1970 s band, Grin. The performance here was recorded at a prestigious club date at New York s 400-seater Bottom Line, in the winter of 1977, following the release of Nils third solo album, I Came To Dance . Born in Chicago in 1951, Nils Lofgren s first musical instrument was the accordion, however by 1968 he had formed Grin, a rock outfit based in Washington D.C.. He soon came to the attention of Neil Young who recruited Nils to play guitar and piano on his classic After The Goldrush album in 1970. The following year he played on the debut album of Young s long-time backing band Crazy Horse. The Young-Lofgren association continued for many years. Most notable are Lofgren s contributions to Neil s magnificently harrowing 1975 album Tonight s The Night and 1982 s vocoder-drenched and Kraftwerk-inspired Trans . Concurrently, Nils used his time in the spotlight to secure a record deal for Grin. Between 1971 and 1973, the band made four excellent pop-rock albums ( Grin , 1+1 , All Out and Gone Crazy ), with all the material being written entirely by Nils. It is a testament to the strength of these songs that 3 of the finest numbers from this era are included in the performance preserved here: the irresistible rocker Moon Tears, the plaintive ballad Like Rain and the all-too-brief Take You To The Movies Tonight. In 1974 Lofgren chose to dispense with Grin and released the first album under his own name. Jon Landau s 1975 Rolling Stone review heralded it as one of the finest rock LPs of the year. Superb, radio-friendly rockers like Keith Don t Go (an open letter to the Stones Keith Richards) and Back It Up received heavy airplay. The softer side of Nils Lofgren is also well illustrated by the gorgeous version of Jerry Goffin and Carole King s outstanding ballad Goin Back, originally made famous in 1966 by Dusty Springfield and a year later by The Byrds. 1976 s Cry Tough was another strong release - and also achieved Lofgren s highest Billboard chart position at number 32. Both the rallying-call title track and balladic Incidentally It s Over are included here. Similarly, 1977 s I Came To Dance is represented by its title track and the set s magnum opus, Code Of The Road. Tom Lofgren, Nils brother plays second guitar and sings backing vocals - he was a mainstay of the touring band and his musical involvement dated back to the final brace of Grin albums in 1973. Bassist Wornell Jones was another regular in the Lofgren camp during the mid 1970 s, playing on three studio albums. Drummer David Platshon has worked sporadically with Nils across the years, and also recorded with John Stewart and Dolly Parton. Finally, keyboard player Patrick Henderson is well known for his association with the Doobie Brothers, but has also played with a vast diversity of artists including Leon Russell, Michael Bolton and Freddie King. Ever-active, Nils Lofgren went on to release 20 more albums up until 2011 s Old School and - since 1984 - has contributed to many tours and albums by Bruce Springsteen - most recently to Wrecking Ball in 2012.