Archive for the ‘Neil Young’ Category

Neil Young surprises fans at secret show with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

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photo:  Good Medicine Presents

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by: Matt Fountain and Sarah Linn

Legendary folk rocker Neil Young stopped Thursday in San Luis Obispo for a secret show.

The Grammy Award winner took the stage at SLO Brewing Co. at 9 p.m., backed by rock band Lukas  Nelson & Promise of the Real and played until midnight.

The spur-of-the-moment concert was presented by Good Medicine Presents and Numbskull Productions.  Good Medicine co-owner Todd Newman said he and his wife, Korie, have been working with Nelson, son of country star Willie Nelson, since 2007.

“Lukas contacted us last week and asked to work on a secret show,” Todd Newman wrote in an email. “He didn’t offer many details. He simply said, ‘Let’s plan for a concert Thursday and we are going to bring something special to Good Medicine and SLO.’

”It wasn’t until shortly before the show that we found that Neil was the special surprise.”

San Luis Obispo resident Jason Hill was sipping a beer at McCarthy’s Irish Pub at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday when a friend sent him a text message about the Neil Young concert.

“I dropped my beer, ran to the show and got right in line. And then I realized I had no cash,” said Hill, who borrowed enough money to purchase pre-sale tickets for himself, his friend and their fathers.

“It was the best show in San Luis Obispo at SLO Brew,” Hill said. “Because it was a total surprise — and it was Neil Young.”

When Mike Johnson, who lives a few blocks from downtown San Luis Obispo, heard about the show after work, he, too, raced to SLO Brewing Co.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Johnson said. “Seeing Willie Nelson’s son’s band play backup for Neil Young in a tiny venue at the spur of the moment? It was one of the more entertaining things I’ve ever experienced.”

Concertgoers paid just $10 to hear Young play two sets that included a nearly 10-minute long version of “Down By the River” as well as favorites such as “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere” and “Ordinary People.” The energetic crowd that packed SLO Brewing Co., which has a capacity of 457 people, ranged from college students to older folks.

Young announced in January that he is working on a new album with Lukas Nelson and his brother, Micah Nelson.

Known for a long string of hit songs that includes “Harvest Moon,” “Old Man” and “For What It’s Worth,” Young helped shaped the sound of the 1960s and ’70s as a member of two bands — Buffalo Springfield and rock supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. He’s also enjoyed a successful, decades-spanning career as a solo artist.

Young was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo musician in 1995 and as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.

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http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2015/04/17/3591199/neil-young-lukas-nelson-slo-brew.html

Willie Nelson and Neil Young, “Heart of Gold” (Farm Aid 1995)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Neil Young performs “Heart of Gold” with Willie Nelson at the Farm Aid concert in Louisville, Kentucky on October 1st, 1995. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.

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This day in Willie Nelson history: “Neil Young: Heart of Gold” premiere in Nashville

Monday, March 9th, 2015

 

Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)

On March 9, 2006, Willie Nelson attended a screening of the film “Neil Young: Heart Of Gold” at Nashville’s Green Hills 16, along with Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Jeff Hanna, Kim Carnes, Jon Randall and musicians Al Anderson, James Burton, Spooner Oldham and Ben Keith

 

 

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, “Harvest the Hope Concert” (Neligh, NE)

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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photo:  Michael David Friberg

Willie Nelson and Neil Young

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

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Neil Young records with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Friday, February 20th, 2015

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“Save Yourselves! Support Farm Aid” — Neil Young

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

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A look at Farm Aid’s thirty years of history working to keep family farmers on the land.

“Farm Aid supports a food system that is democratic, independent, competitive and locally based. This isn’t an exercise in nostalgia, it’s a commitment to a way of life. These are values worth fighting for.”
–– Eric Schlosser

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised $48 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young (Farm Aid 2011)

Monday, February 2nd, 2015
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Pete Seeger and Friends, “This Land is Your Land” (Farm Aid 2013)

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Neil Young tells Rolling Stone he’s recording album with Lukas and Micah Nelson

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

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by: Andy Greene

Neil Young sat down with Rolling Stone Executive Editor Nathan Brackett at the International Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday to discuss the long-awaited rollout of his Pono music player, but he also shared details of his next LP. “I’m working on another album now that I’m going to do be doing with Willie Nelson’s sons,” he said, jokingly suggesting he would title it The Monsanto Years after the agriculture company he’s been railing against for years. “It’s an upbeat review of the situation.”

Young was less sure about his other future plans. “I don’t know much about the future,” he said. “I want to [focus on Pono] and I want to continue playing music. Those two things should keep me pretty busy. I have some film editing and things to do on the side. I’ll probably be writing some more books. I want to keep doing what I do. I’d like to continue doing it for a long time.”

Young has no tour dates on the books right now other than an appearance at the pre-Grammy MusiCares tribute to Bob Dylan on February 6th in Los Angeles. “I did a tour last year called Honor the Treaties that went across Canada to try and help the aboriginal first nations tribes enforce their treaty rights in the constitution of Canada,” he said. “If I do anything this year, I might do that again in a bigger way. At first it succeeded, but it succeeded more than the artists I was trying to get thought it would. If I do that again maybe it’ll get more artists. At this point, it’s interesting to try and do something meaningful and try and make some sort of a difference because I’ve attained a certain level that I feel a responsibility to use for positive things rather than just getting my name in People magazine or something.”

The majority of the interview was devoted to Pono. The website launched this week and the player began selling for $300. “This is all about making music sound as good as it can,” he said. “Music is about having a good time feeling in your soul, whether it makes you laugh or it makes you cry. The mission of Pono is to make you feel as much as you can. We’re sharing all of our technology with anyone that wants to make anything. Any manufacturer that wants to make this kind of quality, we’ll show you how to do it.”

Despite his busy schedule, Young found time to release two albums last year, tour Europe with Crazy Horse and play a series of solo acoustic dates across America. He also played with Lukas and Micah Nelson, two highly accomplished guitarists, at Farm Aid, the Harvest the Hope benefit and the Bridge School Benefit, but hadn’t previous that indicated he had any intention of cutting new material with the duo.

Watch the rest of the new interview right here to hear Young talk in tremendous depth about Pono.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/neil-young-recording-new-album-with-willie-nelsons-sons-20150108#ixzz3OFzpLeQg

Willie Nelson and Neil Young

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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Listen to Willie, Listen to Neil

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

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Terry and Jenny Thompson from Oklahoma meet up with another music lover on New Year’s Eve in Austin. These fans have good advice.

This photo was from last fall at the Neil Young and Willie Nelson concert in Nebraska.

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Willie Nelson, Neil Young

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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Harvest the Hope Shirts on sale, support Bold Nebraska #NOKXL

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

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Willie performed September 27, 2014 with Neil Young for the Harvest the Hope concerts. Proceeds from the “Harvest the Hope” commemorative concert shirts will go to Bold Nebraska to fund the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as a number of small, community-based clean energy projects! All designs will be printed on organic cotton.

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“Just Breathe” (Eddie Vedder, Lukas Nelson)

Friday, October 31st, 2014

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photo:  Jay Blakesburg

Lukas Nelson and Eddie Vedder sing, “Just Breathe”, at Bridge Concert 2014.