Today, Neil Young & Crazy Horse released Americana, their album of garage rock versions of classic American songs including “Oh Susannah,” “Clementine” and “This Land Is Your Land.” They’ve also announced their first tour together in nearly a decade. They are playing at least two major festivals – San Franscisco’s Outside Lands and Austin City Limits in Texas. Besides that, they’re headlining their own shows, including New York’s Madison Square Garden, Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl and Seattle’s Key Arena. See all the dates here.

Young and Crazy Horse’s last album was 2003’s Greendale. But that was a huge departure for the band: it was a concept album, or as Young called it, a “rock novel.” Also, the band recorded it as a trio, with Young on guitar and vocals, Billy Talbot on bass and Ralph Molina on drums. Guitarist Frank “Pancho” Sampdero wasn’t included on the album. When they toured, Sampdero was with them, but most of the show was dedicated to performing Greendale, complete with a troupe of actors and elaborate props. Sampdero played keyboards throughout the performance of the album. Afterwards, the encore was a more conventional Crazy Horse show, if only for a few songs.

Before that album and tour, the last time Young and The Horse worked together was on a the 1996 album Broken Arrow and the tour that followed, which led to the 1997 Crazy Horse documentary Year Of The Horse, directed by Jim Jarmusch.

Young told Rolling Stone that the band has another album of new material that will probably come out later this year. Of course, any predictions from Young should be taken with a grain of salt. His former bandmates in Buffalo Springfield were let down when they found out he was working with Crazy Horse; originally Young had committed to a 30 date Springfield tour this year, which never materialized.

— Brian Ives, CBS Local


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