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Billy Talbot plays bass

Billy TalbotBassplayer has a nice interview with Billy Talbot:

Horse Sense: Billy Talbot on Energy, Emotion, and Free Expression with Neil Young

Wed, 17 Apr 2013


From the explosion of 1969’s “Cinnamon Girl” on through “Hey Hey, My My” and into the present, Talbot has been Young’s rhythmic compass and eternal energy source. NY&CH convened to record at Young’s house during full moons last spring and summer.

What is at the heart of your bass style, and how do you apply it to Crazy Horse?

My bass style is simply to keep the feel flowing. I don’t like to make up things, per se. I like to let elements beyond playing the changes and the groove come to me within the feel as the song progresses. We don’t play R&B songs built on dominant bass lines; our songs are all about the lyrics or the sincere expressiveness of Neil’s lead guitar, so mostly my job is to play a lot of root notes with the main feel, and stay that way for however long is required with energy. Capturing that magic is really important to Crazy Horse, so we like to record a new song the first time we perform it.

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Another alchemy tour in the states?

We can only hope.

artist250Neil Young with Crazy Horse will be playing at least one show this year in the states, and we are guessing more are coming.

As for now, all we know is that Neil Young and Crazy Horse will play the intimate Fox Theatre in Detroit on September 3rd. A listing for the show has popped up on Ticketmaster, according to an article written at JamBase.

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How Crazy Horse Jump-Started Neil Young’s Career

Crazy HorseHow Crazy Horse Jump-Started Neil Young’s Career Inside the making of 1969’s classic ‘Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere’

oh, we already had this. (doesn’t matter, nobody reads this anyway)

Andy Greene (of RS)
April 23, 2013 11:00

Neil Young’s future was very much in doubt when he began recording Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere in January of 1969. His former Buffalo Springfield bandmates were forming successful new groups like Poco and Crosby, Stills and Nash, but Young was determined to make it on his own – even though his self-titled 1968 debut was pretty much dead on arrival and Young was playing tiny clubs in Michigan, Ontario and New York to pay the bills.

Young had cut his debut with studio pros like drummer Earl Palmer and bassist Carol Kaye. But he felt the songs he was writing for his follow-up needed a needed a rougher, edgier touch. When he came across a band called the Rockets one day in Laurel Canyon, he knew he found his guys. Led by guitarist Danny Whitten, they were a former doo-wop group that had morphed into a psychedelic folk outfit. They weren’t highly trained musicians, but they played with incredible intensity. Success had eluded them for years, and they jumped at the chance to play with someone as established as Neil Young, who promptly changed their name to Crazy Horse.
After years when he’d labored over each and every song he recorded, Crazy Horse helped teach Neil the value of working very quickly. “In a single day we did ‘Cinnamon Girl,’ ‘Down By The River’ and ‘Cowgirl In The Sand,'” bassist Billy Talbot told Rolling Stone in 1979. “There wasn’t much need to discuss it.” Young had just started started playing a black 1953 Gibson Les Paul that Jim Messina had given him. It produced a thunderous noise that quickly became his signature sound. He plays the guitar to this day.

500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Neil Young, ‘Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere’ Side One of the record ends with the nine-minute “Down The The River” and Side Two ends with the ten-minute “Cowgirl In The Sand.” “Me and Billy and [drummer Ralph Molina] sounded like Crazy Horse right away,” Young told biographer Jimmy McDonough. “All I had to do was come up with the songs and the riffs. I started realizing how long we could jam. It was fantastic . . . ‘Down By The River’ was really edited. We got the vibe, but it was too long and sometimes it fell apart, so we just took the shitty parts out. Made some radical cuts in there – I mean, you can hear ’em.”

The songs were unlike anything else Young had ever recorded. He wrote many of them in a single day when he was suffering from the flu. “It became obvious to me that this band was much funkier than all the other bands I’d been in,” Young told McDonough. “And I noticed that some of the musicians that I’d played with in the other bands didn’t think these guys were very good. Yet I liked them. Even more, as a matter of fact. I was having a really good fuckin’ time playing with them. Where else could I go and play my guitar for fuckin’ seven minutes, sing a verse and play another five-minute solo?”

That was wonderful.”

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How Crazy Horse jump-started Neil Young’s Career

20130422-neil-x600-1366664493Andy Green of Rolling Stone has been writing about Neil Young a lot these days. This time he looks at the 1969 release of “Everybody Knows this is Nowhere.”

He travels down the history of Neil Young road that dates back to “The Rockets.”

Greene writes: After years when he’d labored over each and every song he recorded, Crazy Horse helped teach Neil the value of working very quickly. “In a single day we did  ‘Cinnamon Girl,’ ‘Down By The River’ and ‘Cowgirl In The Sand,'” bassist Billy
Talbot told Rolling Stone in 1979. “There wasn’t much need to discuss  it.”

He lists EKTN as one of the top 500 albums of all times.

The guys in Crazy Horse didn’t know what kind of future they had, but the songs  they cut with Neil were finally getting a huge audience. Slowly, Everybody  This Is Nowhere started to climb the charts, eventually reaching Number 34.
“Cinnamon Girl” was finally released as a single in April of 1970 and many radio  stations put it into heavy rotation.

The little white puppy on the album cover might show up in Neil’s new car/dog-theme book he said he’s been working on.
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Poncho says it could be the end of the trail

201304011-niel-x600-1365729134In a new Rolling Stone interview Frank ‘Poncho” Sampedro  says his gut is telling him this may be the last Crazy Horse/Neil Young tour.

After all, he is 64-year old and the “baby” of the band.

Those words are heartbreaking, leaving a lump in the throats of devoted fans who have followed the Horse and Neil for decades.

In a Q & A format Andy Greene at RS interviews Poncho, and when Green asks about playing “Hurricane” during a  torrential downpour in Australia, Poncho replies:

“Oh, that was so crazy. It was raining off and on, kind of sprinkling all day there. Then we we started playing “Hurricane” and a torrential downpour came. I mean, literally the organ stopped working it go so wet. I had to play guitar on that song for the first time in history.

  “All that gear took a hit. It almost looked like hail was falling. I was drenched, and I couldn’t move because I was attached to the organ. Those guys got to take a step back and everyone was quickly covering all the amps. The monitor console got totally soaked. A lot of things stopped working. It was crazy, but it’s not the first time that happened during that song. It’s amazing.”

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Random Quote

We got soldiers so strong they can bury their dead
And still not go back shooting blind.

by -- by Neil Young, \"Nothing is perfect\"

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