Neil Young and Crazy Horse To Release New Album, Americana (6/5)

Neil Young and Crazy Horse will attempt to do what other brave souls (me included) have failed at for years, define definitively Americana.

Of course I don’t think the upcoming album, Americana (6/5) by Young and the band, he began fronting in 1968 after his band Buffalo Springfield dissolved, will be  doing anything of the sort. But I am intrigued by them covering late 19th century/early 20th century American folk songs, which include the classic murder ballad Tom Dooley, Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land Gallows Pole the classic folk song covered by Leadbelly and Led Zeppelin and forlorn American western ballad Clementine.

Young and Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank “Poncho” Sampedro, will redefine what people think of when when they associate the band with “Classic rock.”

The album was produced by Neil Young along with John Hanlon and Mark Humphreys. I saw the band in February for the Grammy MusiCares tribute to Paul McCartney where they covered the Beatles I Saw Her Standing There (all videos of that performance have been removed online as far as I can tell)  and the band was in lean fighting form. There are no reports of a tour resulting from the album.

Americana Tracklist:
1 – Oh Susannah
2 – Clementine
3 – Tom Dooley
4 – Gallows Pole
5 – Get A Job
6 – Travel On
7 – High Flyin’ Bird
8 – She’ll Be Comin ’Round The Mountain
9 – This Land Is Your Land
10 – Wayfarin’ Stranger
11 – God Save The Queen

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2 thoughts on “Neil Young and Crazy Horse To Release New Album, Americana (6/5)

  1. March 23, 2012 at 6:08 am

    I am looking forward to this, though there will be the comments on how Bruce did it first with his Seeger Sessions album. And perhaps Neil that is where Neil got the idea, but I guarantee his take on each of these songs will be totally original and uniquely their own, and I can’t wait to hear it!!!

  2. March 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I think Neil Young is going to hear some criticismthat “Bruce did it first”. ie with regard to Bruce’s “Seeger Sessions” album. And while maybe true, you can be certain that Neil Young’s approach to these songs will be uniquely original and bear his personal stamp. Plus I can’t wait to listen to it and cop some guitar licks, which you know are going to be there!

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