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Neil Young covers Willie Nelson, and others, on new album, “A Letter to Home”

Saturday, April 19th, 2014


Neil Young’s covers album A Letter to Home is out now on Jack White’s Third Man Records. The surprise release comes with the long-awaited track list (and a $20 price tag for vinyl), which includes everything from Bruce Springsteen’s “My Hometown” to Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” to the Everly Brothers’ “I Wonder if I Care as Much.” As previously reported, the 10-song set was recorded at White’s Nashville HQ, in Third Man’s ’40s-era Voice-O-Graph booth.

As Young described the thing to SPIN last month, “[It's] a phone booth. It’s all acoustic with a harmonica inside a closed space, with one mic to vinyl … It’s a funky old machine, it sounds like Jimmy Rogers or something.” While rumors initially circulated that he and White were doing an entire album of duets, it soon became clear that the latter is only explicitly appearing on two songs. It’s not yet clear which, but White is credited alongside Young as the album’s “reproducer.”

The Third Man site describes the release thusly: “An unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever…” They credit Homer Grosvenor, who probably doesn’t exist, but there is a Governor Mosher in Denver. Perhaps he kicked in enough PONO cash to get his name anagrammed into Youngian history.

Neil Young, A Letter Home track list:

1. “Changes” (Phil Ochs)
2. “Girl From The North Country” (Bob Dylan)
3. “Needle of Death” (Bert Jansch)
4. “Early Morning Rain” (Gordon Lightfoot) 5. “Reason To Believe” (Tim Hardin)
6. “On The Road Again” (Willie Nelson)
7. “If You Could Only Read My Mind” (Gordon Lightfoot)
8. “Since I Met You Baby” (Ivory Joe Hunter)
9. “My Hometown” (Bruce Springsteen)
10. “I Wonder if I Care as Much” (Everly Brothers)

Farm Aid Heroes: Neil Young, Willie Nelson

Thursday, February 20th, 2014


Farm Aid Heroes

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

#TBT Farm Aid executive director Carolyn Mugar with Willie Nelson and Neil Young at Farm Aid V in 1992 in Texas.

Farm Aid executive director Carolyn Mugar with Willie Nelson and Neil Young at Farm Aid V in 1992 in Texas.

Neil Young, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

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Thanks to Rachel Fowler for sharing this great photo of these Farm Aid heroes.

Pete Seeger, Farm Aid 2013 (Sarasota Springs, NY) (9/21/13)

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

We are so blessed to have had Pete Seeger's presence on the Farm Aid 2013 stage. Rest in peace, Pete Seeger. Thank you for your tireless fight for peace, justice and the planet, and for your music.

“We are so blessed to have had Pete Seeger’s presence on the Farm Aid 2013 stage. Rest in peace, Pete Seeger. Thank you for your tireless fight for peace, justice and the planet, and for your music.”

– Farm Aid

Willie Nelson and Neil Young

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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Farm Aid 2005 in Tinley Park, Ill.
Photo: Rick Diamond


Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Farm Aid 1997, “Long May You Run”

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Neil Young performs “Long May You Run” with Willie Nelson live at the Farm Aid concert in Tinley Park, Illinois on October 4, 1997.

“Farmers are on the Front Line of Climate Change” — Neil Young

Monday, November 11th, 2013


Willie Nelson and Neil Young

Monday, November 11th, 2013


Neil Young, Farm Aid, 1985

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Farm Aid co-founder and board member Neil Young at the first #FarmAid concert in Champaign, IL in 1985. Photo by Paul Natkin. #neilyoung #tbt #throwbackthursday

photo:  Paul Natkin

Pete Seeger and friends, Farm Aid 2013 “This Land is Your Land” (Saratoga Springs, NY) (9/21/13)

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

photo:  Mary Francis Andrews

Pete Seeger made a surprise visit to Farm Aid in Saratoga Springs, and invited the Farm Aid Board Members on stage to sing “This Land is Your Land”, including a new verse (“New York is meant to be frack  free”).

Thanks to photographer and friend Mary Francis Andrews for sharing her great photos with us here.

photo: Mary Francis Andrews

photo: Mary Francis Andrews


Neil Young, Farm Aid 2013

Thursday, September 26th, 2013


Neil Young, Crazy Horse, Willie Nelson, “All Along the Watch Tower” (Farm Aid 1994)

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Crazy Horse perform “All Along the Watchtower” live at the Farm Aid concert in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 18, 1994.
by:  Andy Greene

Neil Young kept a pretty low profile in 1994. He’d toured heavily over the previous three years and the suicide of Kurt Cobain in April left him shattered, especially when he learned that the Nirvana front man quoted him in his suicide note. “I don’t have the passion anymore,” Cobain wrote. “And so remember, it’s better to burn out than to fade away.”

“I, coincidentally, had been trying to reach him through our offices to tell him that I thought he was great,” Young wrote in his 2012 memoir Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream. “And he should do exactly what he thought he should do and fuck everybody else . . . So when he died and left that note, it struck a deep chord inside me. It fucked with me.”

Young refused to publicly comment on Cobain at the time, opting to pour all of his emotions into his new LP Sleeps With Angels. He didn’t promote the album with any press or even a tour, choosing to only play at a few benefit gigs that year. The biggest one was Farm Aid in September. The show was held at the Louisiana Superdome and featured newer bands such as the Spin Doctors and the Gin Blossoms and veterans including Kris Kristofferson and the Neville Brothers, along with Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. 

Neil Young and Crazy Horse were one of the highlights of the night. They mixed in Sleeps With Angels cuts “Piece of Crap” and “Change Your Mind” with classics “Down By the River” and “Country Home.” They also covered “All Along the Watchtower” with Willie Nelson on acoustic guitar. Here’s video of that performance.

Along with Tonight’s the Night, Sleeps With Angels remains one of Young’s darkest albums. He’s performed virtually none of the songs in the past two decades.

Willie Nelson & Friends From Third Man Records, on CMT Crossroads (6/23/13) [entire show]

Monday, June 24th, 2013

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Thanks to CMT for posting entire show this morning.

Willie Nelson on CMT Crossroads TONIGHT!

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013


Willie Nelson & Friends on CMT’s Crossroads on tv tonight.

Check your local listings!