Turned professional at 17. Began early recordings with various bands including Crystal Mesh, The Shot, Paul Dowell & The Dolphin
Joined NEIL YOUNG's band at age 17, played piano, guitar and sang on the acclaimed platinum album "After The Gold Rush" Continued recording career with the band "GRIN" in 1971 with the release of the self-titled "GRIN" album on Spindizzy/Columbia. Followed in 1972 with the second release by GRIN entitled "1+1", which included the top 40 hit "WHITE LIES".
Recorded four albums with Grin from 1971 through 1974.Began recording as a solo artist for A&M Records in 1975 with the release of "NILS LOFGREN". This album featured the songs "Back It Up" and "Keith Don't Go".
1972 joined CRAZY HORSE to record classic first album, the only one with Danny Whitten.
Played on NEIL YOUNG's "TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT" album released in 1973. Toured extensively throughout the world with Neil to promote the album.
Released "CRY TOUGH" on A&M Records in 1976. Released "I CAME TO DANCE" In 1977. Toured worldwide throughout 1976 and 1977. Released the Double Live Album "NIGHT AFTER NIGHT" in 1978.
Released "NILS" album in 1979, which contained the European top 40 hit "Shine Silently".
Released "NIGHT FADES AWAY" on MCA in 1981. Subsequent world tour followed.
Played on NEIL YOUNG's "TRANS" album released in 1983. Did the world tour with Neil for "TRANS" and appeared on the video movie made of the tour, titled "BERLIN".
Released "WONDERLAND" on MCA in 1983.
Joined BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S E STREET BAND as guitarist in May of 1984. Played over 150 shows worldwide on the BORN IN THE USA Tour. Recorded the "TUNNEL OF LOVE" album, released in 1988. Played on the "TUNNEL OF LOVE" and "AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL" world tours with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN during 1988. Recorded the "BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN LIVE" album and appeared in numerous Springsteen videos. Currently guitarist in the "E STREET BAND". Released the solo album "FLIP" on Columbia in 1985, which contained the Top 40 European hit "SECRETS IN THE STREET", video for the single was aired on MTV and VH-1.
Joined RINGO STARR'S ALL STARR BAND in 1989 for the World Tour and resulting live album and video.
Released the album "SILVER LINING" on Rykodisc during 1991. Included the Top 40 AOR Track 'VALENTINE". Appeared on the TONITE SHOW, DAVID LETTERMAN, MTV. Played over 100 shows in 12 countries during 1991.Released 'CROOKED LINE" album on Rykodisc during 1992. Contained the song "BLUE SKIES", associated video was produced and aired on VH-1.
Joined RINGO STARR and THE ALL STARR BAND for 1992 Second World Tour. Live album released during fall of 1993.
Played with NEIL YOUNG on the MTV UNPLUGGED SPECIAL, February 1993, which was shown throughout the world, and subsequently released as a live CD in the summer of 1993. CD achieved platinum status.
Recorded soundtrack for the movie "EVERYBREATH" in 1993.
Played on the PBS Special "THE BEATLES SONGBOOK" which also featured Dr. John, Los Lobos and Cathy Mattea. Recorded in January 1993.
Recorded with BRANFORD MARSALIS in July 1993 for Branford's 1994 release entitled "BUCKSHOT LeFONQUE" on Columbia Records.
Released soundtrack CD for the movie "EVERYBREATH" in February 1994 on Stampede Records. Movie released in June 1994 on Columbia/Tristar.
Musical Director for ABC's PAULA POUNDSTONE SHOW in early 1990's. Played with CAB CALLOWAY.
1991-1996 Musical Director for the CableAce Awards
1995 Released 'DAMAGED GOODS" on Pure Records
1997 Released 'ACOUSTIC LIVE" on Right Stuff, Capitol Records
1997-1999 Continued extensive acoustic and electric tours
1999-2000 World Tour with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND, appeared on HBO Special recorded during the tour. Double CD, Video and DVD released 2001.
April 2001 song "BLACK BOOKS" from Acoustic Live album appears in HBO hit show THE SOPRANOS "BREAK AWAY ANGEL" released on Vision Music - 2001. An extension of "Acoustic Live", this CD was recorded mostly live in the studio and features improvisationalacoustic 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 - record "THE RISING " with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and the E STREET BAND, followed by a long World Tour. Nils becomes 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 - appears 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, duets and vocal performances by Willie Nelson, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Martin Sexton. Margo Reed, Mary Ann Redmond, Tom Lepson, Bob Berberich and the Lofgren Brothers.