I heart Nils Lofgren. He started the band Grin not long after he worked on Neil Young's first album with Crazy Horse. Grin never got any traction and although every one of their releases was critically acclaimed, their records stiffed, but me and my friendos latched on and loved them. After Grin fell apart, Nils did some solo work, and then joined forces with that mighty juggernaut Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, where he has played every since. He joined Young's band when he was 17, and played piano and guitar on After The Gold Rush and on the album I consider Young's masterpiece, Tonight's The Night. I love this guy. I think I need to post a clip of some of his E Street stage antics (e.g., performing a somersault on stage whilst playing a solo). The Boss and the E Street band are back on the road this summer, and will probably be lining up some fall dates stateside. . .
On this song, it must be Nils playing the accordion. I know he learned to play one when he was five years old., and studied it for ten years. He's been a member of The E Street Band, with their ups and downs, since 1984 (he replaced Steven Van Zandt [a/k/a The Sopranos Silvio Dante], although Little Steven returned and now he AND Nils are permanent member of the band). TMI?