By Harvey Kubernik © 2019
In January of 1969 Neil Young began recording his second solo album Everybody Knows This is Nowhere with Danny Whitten on guitar;
Billy Talbot, bass; and Ralph Molina, drums at Wally Heider’s recording studio on Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood.
Young’s new trio had toiled as Danny and the Memories and then shape-shifted into the Rockets, who had done an LP on the White Whale label, pure grunge, a loud, sloppy guitar-driven outfit sounding like an open wound, whose backbeat listed like sailors on leave at Subic Bay.
Young saw the Rockets one night in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard at the Whisky a Go-Go, appropriated some group members and rechristened them as Crazy Horse. They became the blank canvas upon which Neil painted his visceral, unmediated masterworks.
It was a band only Neil Young could find common cause with, and he went to hell and back with them.
“Danny Whitten, from the day I met Crazy Horse and Neil Young at the Cellar Door in 1969, it was common knowledge, and Neil would be the first to tell you, that Danny was one of his early mentors and influences,” Nils Lofgren stressed to me in a 2014 interview. “Danny had that great deep ‘Bee Gees’ vibrato, with that California soul and lament.” Continue reading
By Harvey Kubernik © 2018
Neil Young has just issued Songs For Judy on CD and digitally on November 30. A vinyl edition is out December 14.
Songs For Judy is the debut release on Shakey Pictures Records, Young’s own imprint distributed by Reprise Records. Songs for Judy is available in hi-res at NYA, Neil Young Archives.com.
Songs For Judy houses live acoustic performances culled from Neil’s November 1976 solo tour and features twenty-two songs recorded at various cities along the tour. Writer and Cameron Crowe and photographer Joel Bernstein curated this collection.
This song cycle of live recordings is particularly unique. Young had spent much of the year traveling around the world on tour with Crazy Horse.
When touring on his own, he recharged and focused on songs that would not surface in recorded form for several years. Of the albums many treasures, “No One Seems To Know” would not see the light of day until now and it remains unreleased in any other iteration.
The raw versions of the tracks found on Songs For Judy find Young allowing the songs to breath and to find their own shape when performed in a solo performance. Continue reading
IN LOS ANGELES OCTOBER 11, 2018
By Harvey Kubernik c 2018
Singer/songwriter/photographer/author and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash will be returning to downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, October 11th for his intimate song and story tour at The Theater Ace Hotel. Doors open at 7:00 pm, show starts at 8:30 pm.
Guitarist/vocalist Shayne Fontayne and keyboardist/vocals Todd Caldwell join Nash in the stage lineup.
Graham selected the concert repertoire from his catalog which incorporates tunes from the Hollies, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and his solo career.
The tour debuted in his hometown of Salford, England earlier this summer.
Rapt audiences have been devouring musical treats from his stellar songbook: “Wasted on the Way,” “Bus Stop,” “King Midas in Reverse,” “I Used to Be a King,” “Sleep Song,” “Myself at Last,” “Military Madness,” “Wind on the Water,” “Marrakesh Express,” a medley of “On a Carousel / Carrie-Anne,” “Immigration Man,” and a cover of the Beatles’ “Day in the Life.” Continue reading
By Harvey Kubernik c 2016
Since 2012, Neil Young has issued the albums Americana, Psychedelic Pill, A Letter Home, Story Tone, Live at the Cellar Door, The Monsanto Years, and Earth. He has touted PONO, a high definition fidelity audio delivery service, and LincVolt, a zero-emissions auto technology, performed a stunning series of solo concerts in North America, and constantly drawn attention to environmental concerns. Young has published two autobiographies, Waging Heavy Peace and Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars, all while assembling the projected retail release of The Neil Young Archives (Vol. 2).
Young has done concert dates with Crazy Horse on The Alchemy Tour, and a slew of live gigs with Promise of the Real with Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson, sons of country legend Willie Nelson. They have just embarked on a European Rebel Content Tour that opened in early June in Scotland, and scheduled to conclude July 23 rd in Austria. On October 8 th and 15 th , Young will be sharing the stage with fellow headliner Paul McCartney at the Desert Trip festival in Indio, California. Continue reading