I was going to post this yesterday, but paid my respects to the late Doc Watson instead. Today, though, is about something to celebrate – Neil Young’s first album with the entire Crazy Horse lineup since 1996. It’s called Americana and it’s an interesting concept.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse will put out an album of reworked American folk songs this summer for an LP called Americana (“Clementine,” “She’ll Be Comin’ Round The Mountain,” that kind of thing). It’s the first collaboration between Young and Crazy Horse since 2003′s Greendale and the first featuring Crazy Horse’s current full roster (Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina, Frank “Poncho” Sampedro) since 1996′s Broken Arrow. Young went on record about the release earlier this year, telling Rolling Stone that “”A very young choir of children plays with Crazy Horse [on the album]. They’re songs we all know from kindergarden, but Crazy Horse has rearranged them, and they now belong to us.”
I’ve got a couple of cuts from the album for you to sample. First, “Jesus’ Chariot (She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain)”:
And here’s “Oh Susanna”.
I think Neil’s right.