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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Photo of the Moment: Neil Young @ "Harvest the Hope Concert"

Neil Young
Neligh, Nebraska
Photo by Ryan Henriksen for The New York Times
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The Photo of the Moment is Neil Young at last weekend's "Harvest the Hope Concert".

From Neil Young, Willie Nelson and 8,000 in Nebraska Stand Up to the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline | Susan Casey-Lefkowitz's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC:
Under a warm September sun, thousands spread out across the cornfield on the Tanderup family farm in Neligh, Nebraska. We sang along with Neil Young and Willie Nelson to honor the beautiful Nebraska farms and ranches, waters and traditional lands. Willie Nelson and Neil Young both have a long track record of standing up for the family farmers. And the threat to their farms these days more and more comes from the oil industry. The proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is a double-threat whammy: it hits Nebraska livelihoods with the dangers of both oil spills and climate change. This concert comes at a time when the fight against tar sands is gaining momentum and showing real results on the ground with postponement and cancellation of tar sands projects. It also comes at a time when some in Congress are pushing for approval of Keystone XL over the head of the President even before a route has been legally identified in Nebraska. And it comes on the heels of the 400,000 strong climate march in New York City, making it clear that people are joining forces across the country to defend their land, water and climate. Keystone XL is a project that should never happen and it needs to be rejected.

When Neil Young joined Willie Nelson on stage and they sang “I went out walking, in the beautiful Sandhills...this land is made for you and me. Let’s walk together and raise our voices, we’re gonna stand together for the world to see.” The sold-out crowd of 8,000 stretched across the field to the teepees in the far back and sang along, standing tall.

Neil Young has said: “For our grandchildren’s survival we must begin to live differently. The Keystone XL pipeline is a large step in the wrong direction for the health of the earth. America must lead the world again and stop the Keystone XL.” Tar sands oil is the dirtiest around. It is strip-mined or heated out from under Canada’s majestic Boreal forest and from under the traditional territories of Canadian First Nations. The Keystone XL pipeline project would carry raw tar sands oil across America’s heartland, through Nebraska farms and ranches and the great Ogallala Aquifer to the Gulf coast where most would be destined for export overseas. It is a risky project with all the reward going to the big multi-national oil companies and the Canadian pipeline company TransCanada.

I was honored to stand with the landowners and indigenous leaders in Nebraska fighting for their land and water in the same way we all marched in New York City for action on climate change a week earlier. Come to Nebraska and talk to the farmers and ranchers. It makes it clearer than ever that President Obama should protect our precious land, water and climate by rejecting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Our gracious hosts Art and Helen Tanderup invited us onto the farm that their family has stewarded for 100 years. Art’s corn towered above my head, but he spoke about how the changing climate has already affected other crops like soybeans and he is concerned for the future of his farm. BoldNebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy and Indian Alliance - a group of ranchers, farmers and tribal communities from along the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline route - sponsored the concert. They’ve been strong fighters for a long time now to protect their lands, the Sand Hills and the Ogallala Aquifer that nourishes their lives.

TransCanada, the Canadian pipeline company that has been pushing this project on landowners, responded to the project with tired arguments about the relative safety of pipelines versus rail. The bottomline is that both pipelines and rail are not safe when it comes to tar sands oil. Safe is getting energy from the wind and the sun.

We also hear lots of mistaken arguments that the development of tar sands is inevitable. The truth is that companies are finding tar sands risky and expensive while communities are saying “no” to tar sands pipelines. The Norwegian oil company Statoil just shelved one of their in situ tar sands drilling projects for at least three years due to a lack of pipeline. This means that stopping the pipelines is keeping carbon in the ground and tar sands out of our farms. In fact since Neil Young launched the Honour the Treaties concert tour in Canada to help fight tar sands expansion, three major tar sands projects have been cancelled or postponed – Total’s Jocelyn mine, Shell’s Pierre River mine and Statoil’s Corner in situ drilling project.

Stopping the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline makes a difference for communities in Nebraska and along the pipeline pathway. Real jobs are stake, jobs on many farms and ranches - more than a quarter of a million of them just in the five Great Plains states the tar sands pipeline would cross through. Those are the jobs that drive this region and feed the country and much of the world. And it also makes a difference for communities in Canada suffering from tar sands extraction and communities around the world feeling the impacts of climate change to their health, homes and wallets.

The outpouring of opposition in Nebraska serves as a reminder to our nation’s leaders that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline still has no route through the state. Lawmakers in Washington DC should not try to take the decision away from the President and force Keystone XL on Nebraska’s farmers, ranchers, landowners and indigenous communities. And President Obama has an opportunity to do the right thing and listen to the people in Nebraska.

Neil Young ended with his new song. He sang, “Who’s gonna stand up?” and the crowd sang back, “WE ARE.” Stand up for the Sand Hills, for the Ogallala Aquifer and for the climate on which we all depend. As Neil says, “Stand up and save the earth.”

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Photos used with permission. Credit SCL at NRDC.



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Monday, September 29, 2014

"Country Home" @ "Harvest the Hope Concert" - Neil Young & Nelson Boys



A new video from "Harvest the Hope Concert" with Neil Young's newest band featuring Willie Nelson's sons Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson performing "Country Home".

Looks like a nice day in Nebraska.

More on "Harvest the Hope Concert".

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

FAN VIDEO: "Who's Gonna Stand Up and Save the Earth" by Neil Young (Acoustic)



Last week, Neil Young authorized his new song "Who's Gonna Stand Up and Save the Earth" to be available as a free MP3 download .

On his official site neilyoung.com/, he writes: "I'm giving you permission to please use this music in videos, clips and communications, or in any way you see fit during this critical time."

And, Neil Young fans are now beginning to produce their own music videos to the song (Acoustic version). So here's a new fan produced video by Howell, "Hounds that Howl":
Neil asks the question, "Who's gonna standup....?" and the video illustrates the answer, "Ordinary People".

Ordinary People stand up by cleaning up the land and water from the consequences of old industry as we transition to new cleaner industry. Ordinary People stand up by choosing green products, technologies and locally grown organic produce, meat and dairy. Ordinary People stand up by voting for candidates who value Earth, pledge to Protect it. Ordinary People stand up by keeping governments accountable for their actions.

The economy and governments are responding to this demand with Green solutions and decisions.

Yes, "The Big Machine" can "see the Thrashers coming." They're being driven by You and Me.
Thanks "Hounds that Howl"! Good to see You and Me. Standin' Up. Onward to Philly.

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Pegi Young: New Album "Lonely In A Crowded Room" + Tour Dates


Pegi Young has a new album titled "Lonely In A Crowded Room" on New West Records set for a October 27, 2014 release.

"Lonely In A Crowded Room" is Pegi's 4th album since her first release in 2007.

Tracks

I Be Weary
Obsession
Better Livin' Through Chemicals
Ruler Of My Heart
Lonely Women Make Good Lovers
Don't Let Me Be Lonely
Feel Just Like A Memory
In My Dreams
Walking On The Tightrope
Blame It On Me

Shows


Date

Location

Venue

10/30/14

Seattle, WA

Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater

11/02/14

Vancouver, Canada

The Media Club

11/07/14

Los Angeles, CA

THE MINT

11/09/14

San Juan Capistrano, CA

THE COACH HOUSE


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Saturday, September 27, 2014

TODAY: "Harvest the Hope Concert" - Neil Young & Willie Nelson, Neligh, NE + TONIGHT: Thrasher's Wheat Radio Hour


Willie Nelson & Neil Young
Photo by Spettacolo - Ansa.it

via Sugar Mountain - Neil Young Setlists (Thanks Tom!)

2014-09-27, Tanderup Farm, Neligh, Nebraska, USA
Harvest The Hope Concert
Solo

1. This Land Is Your Land (electric guitar; guests with Willie Nelson)
2. Comes A Time (acoustic guitar)
3. Mother Earth (pump organ)
4. Heart Of Gold (acoustic guitar)
5. Pocahontas (acoustic guitar)
6. Country Home (electric guitar; accompanied by Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real)
7. Mansion On The Hill (electric guitar; accompanied by Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real)
8. Homegrown (electric guitar; accompanied by Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real)
9. Down By The River (electric guitar; accompanied by Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real)
10. Who's Gonna Stand Up? (electric guitar; accompanied by Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real)

Band:
Neil Young - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, pump organ, harmonica, vocals
Lukas Nelson - electric guitar
Anthony LoGerfo - drums, vocals
Tato Melgar - percussion
Corey McCormick - bass
Micah Nelson - electric guitar



From www.kmtv.com (VIDEO):
Willie Nelson, Neil Young perform for over 8,000 on Neligh farm
By Kimberly Foley. CREATED Sep 27, 2014 - UPDATED: Sep 27, 2014
NELIGH, Neb.- Willie Nelson and Neil Young haven't performed together in Nebraska since the late '80s.

On Saturday, they were back.

Thousands of people took part in a musical protest with two legendary musicians in Neligh.

"We've got to take care of this planet," said Art Tanderup, who owns the farm turned music venue.

Instruments and lyrics were the weapons of choice in the ongoing fight over the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Tanderup is on the front lines of that battle.

"If we can stop this pipeline, that is like step one in saving us all," he said. "We are headed down a path that is wrong right now."

Tanderup isn't a lone solider. Willie Nelson and Neil Young are two of the thousands standing by his side.

The two put together a concert protesting the pipeline, which would be built through Nebraska. It was called 'Harvest the Hope.'

Farmers and their faithful fighters aren't giving up yet.

"For 29 years, corporations have continued to take the land away from small family farmers," said Nelson. "This is what we are here to fight against."

Young talked clean energy and climate change.

"Some choose not to see it," he said. "Like any big thing, it moves very slowly. It's easy to ignore."

Supporters of the pipeline said it's an important piece of economic development.

"Pipelines are the safest way to transport a reliable and cheap energy source that is greatly needed by low-income and middle-income families in this sputtering economy," said Matt Litt, the Nebraska Director of Americans for Prosperity.

There is no doubt the crowd was taking in the music, but pipeline protestors hoped their message would resonate too.

"I've been an educator all my life," said Tanderup. "I'm retired. I guess I've taken on a new form of education. I'm hoping that this, besides a concert, also becomes a classroom."

The proceeds of Saturday's benefit concert will go to three organizations that have dedicated themselves to fighting the pipeline.

Willie Nelson & Neil Young

From journalstar.com:
Fighting the Keystone XL is only a small part of the bigger battle against a changing climate that is threatening the entire planet, Young said during a press conference before the concert.

“We’re really just a skirmish on the ground around a disaster that is waiting to happen," he said. "People are panicking and trying to figure out how to get out of this mess.

“We’re proud to be here with all of you, whether you agree with us or disagree with us, to have a discourse about what this is.”

Young said America must take up the challenge of reducing carbon emissions and turn to renewable energy generation.

“Stand up and be creative and have ingenuity and come up with solutions so we’re not just complaining about problems, we’re solving them," he said. "That is what America needs to do.”



WHAT: "Harvest the Hope Concert" featuring Neil Young & Willie Nelson
WHY: Benefit for Bold Nebraska, IEN and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 27 at 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: The farm of Art & Helen Tanderup, near Neligh, NE

Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline a concert today in a Nebraska cornfield organized by opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast.



The Tanderup farm is located 8 miles North of Neligh, NE. The main road to the farm, Highway 14, is a hilly, two-lane road with no shoulder. 857 Road from Hwy 14 to the farm is a gravel road with no shoulder and loose gravel on the sides.

Bicycle riders are encourages to take extra precaution on these roads, and drivers must be vigilant and patient with traffic to ensure a safe journey for all.

We'll have a bit more to say on tonight, Saturday, Sept 27 at 9:00 PM EST, on the Thrasher's Wheat Radio Hour from WBKM.org.

Tonight's edition will feature fresh Neil cuts, discussion and news.

Tune in details and podcast info @ Thrashers Wheat Radio Hour.


Thrasher's Wheat Radio
Tune in on WBKM.org, Saturdays @ 9P EST

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Friday, September 26, 2014

COVER IMAGE: Neil Young's "Who's Gonna Stand Up?"

Neil Young's "Who's Gonna Stand Up?"
(Click photo to enlarge)

Here is the new cover image for Neil Young's song "Who's Gonna Stand Up?" (Now Available for Free Download) from upcoming album in November titled STOREYTONE.

And we know some folks who are standing up.

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