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Billy Talbot’s new album “On the Road to Spearfish”

VAPOR RECORDS ON THE ROAD TO SPEARFISHCrazy Horse member Billy Talbot said his new album “On the Road to Spearfish” out this week was inspired by the vast North American Prairie, where he and his wife Karin have restored a homestead in Spearfish, South Dakota.

“On The Road To Spearfish”

“Big Rain video”. A great album and thanks to let us listen and see to it.

In addition to the digital release of the nine-song set, a companion HD film chronicling the sessions will be available. On The Road To Spearfish follows up the Billy Talbot Band’s 2004 album Alive In The Spirit World.  With the addition of newcomer Ryan James Holzer (trombone, harmonica, autoharp, organ, acoustic guitar), the same versatile musicians join Talbot again: guitarist Matt Piucci, Erik Pearson (horns, banjo, lap steel), Mark Hanley (lap steel, mandolin, guitar), Tommy Carns (bass), and Stephan Junca (drums). Using vintage gear and an eclectic orchestra of acoustic and electric instruments, the album was recorded at Light Rail Studios in San Francisco.



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Virginia in September

Neil Young, other big-name bands coming to Nelson County festival

Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2013 12:15 am

Neil Young & Crazy Horse is listed among many top-name bands coming to Central Virginia in September as part of a new four-day music festival in Nelson County. Already months into the planning process, Interlocken Music Festival is scheduled to take place at Oak Ridge Estate in Arrington from Sept. 5 to 8. Producers have said they expect a turnout in the tens of thousands.

In addition to Neil Young & Crazy Horse, producers have said some of the confirmed bands are: Furthur, made up of Phil Lesh and Bob Weir from The Grateful Dead along with five other members; Zac Brown from the Zac Brown Band; The String Cheese Incident; and The Black Crowes. Event publicist Ken Weinstein said in an email that they are planning to announce more bands Monday or Tuesday.

According to a press release for the festival, the bands will play in “unique and exciting artist pairings.”

“Interlocken’s conceptual theme will touch all elements of the event: ‘when something ends, another begins,’” the release states. “This simple yet powerful ethos of sustainability will be integrated into camping, lodging, food, drink, transport offerings as well as specialized onsite activities.”

Another part of this theme will be captured by an emphasis on quality over quantity, as there will be fewer bands that will play in continuous two-hour sets on two main stages so that the music never stops. Several of the bands will play multiple sets on different days.

While Oak Ridge Estate will serve as the site for the event

The festival will take place on Oak Ridge’s racetrack, which is the length of six football fields, according to the press release.

“We are very excited to welcome the Interlocken festival to Oak Ridge,” Oak Ridge owner Rhonda Holland stated in the press release. “Several concert promoters have approached us in the past about using the track. We have always been concerned about the impact that this would have on the surrounding community and the land. Dave and Peter have a history of caring about the communities and land where they produce events. We look forward to working with the Interlocken team for many years to come.”

“Hopefully, this will become the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival of Central Virginia,” Frey said at the meeting. “That’s our goal.”

Weinstein said all bands announced so far have been confirmed to play at the festival. Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Furthur both have listed the festival listed among their tours on their official websites.

The Black Crowes and The String Cheese Incident did not have the festival listed on their official websites.

Want to go?
When: Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 5-8
Where: Oak Ridge Estate, 2300 Oak Ridge Road, Arrington
Details: Artist pre-sale tickets will go on sale starting at 10 a.m. May 22 and general early bird tickets go on sale starting at 10 a.m. May 23. They can be purchased via the festival website.

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Ralph Molina Interview

Thrasher has an exclusive interview with Crazy Horse Drummer Ralph Molina:

Ralph: Lordy, we’ve been playing songs like that forever. We love to jam, extend the songs.
I love when Neil has the chance to play his long, soulful solos, that’s what makes us get off!
We just stay in shape, we exercise, eat good, stopped the messing around (if you know what I mean).
I’ve been asked by younger bands, “How are we still playing? Where do we get our energy?”.
I tell them, “If you want the longevity, lose your egos and realise what you have to do, to last as long, you have to make changes”.

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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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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