Guitar explorer Nels Cline is best known these days as the lead guitarist in the band Wilco. His recording and performing career - spanning jazz, rock, punk and experimental - is well into its fourth decade, with over 200 recordings, including at least 30 for which he is leader. Cline has received many accolades including Rolling Stone anointing him as both one of 20 "new guitar gods" and one of the top 100 guitarists of all time.
Cline's most recent release, Lovers, out now on Blue Note Records, is a collection of "mood music" over 20 years in the making.
Beyond Wilco, he performs in a duo project with jazz guitar prodigy Julian Lage in addition to a quartet, The Nels Cline Four (that includes Lage plus bassist Scott Colley and drummer Tom Rainey), plays with CUP, a duo with wife and musical collaborator Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto), leads The Nels Cline Singers (featuring Scott Amendola, bassist Trevor Dunn and Cyro Baptista), and plays with Stained Radiance (an improvisational live project with performance painter Norton Wisdom).
A few of the other musicians with whom he has performed and/or recorded include: Black Walnuts Yonder (Mike Watt, Nick Reinhart, and Greg Saunier), Yoko Ono, Jeff Gauthier, Thurston Moore, Mike Watt, Carla Bozulich, Vinny Golia, Marc Ribot, Tinariwen, Julius Hemphill, Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, Lydia Lunch and Lee Ranaldo.