In Search of International Harvesters Material
International Harvesters Tour, Costa Mesa, CA - 10/24/84
Photo by Robert Matheu
Well, it looks like the folks over at Shakey Pictures are looking for some Neil Young archival material from the International Harvesters era.
The Neil Young Archives team is looking for any rare film or video footage that collectors and fans may have of the International Harvesters band.
In our library we already have their performances on Austin City Limits, Live Aid, Farm Aid and Nashville Now.
Now we are reaching out to the community for contributions.
If you or someone you know has Harvesters footage that isn't what is listed above, they can send the details to me.
I will get you in contact with the appropriate person in the Shakey Pictures production crew to send it to.
Thanks for your help and the great dedication to the community on Thrashers Wheat.
So, if you can help out, we're sure the Shakey Pix guys would love to hear from you.
The International Harvesters era -- which ran from roughly ~1984 - 1985 -- produced some wonderful country twang moments in Neil Young's career. The band consisted of 2 band lineups:
International Harvesters Band #1
Karl T. Himmel
International Harvesters Band #2
Hargus Pig Robbins
Karl T. Himmel
(Bonus points for correctly identifying each player's instrument.)
From a Funhouse album review of Old Ways by Steve Peck:
The International Harvesters were a swinging band that added a lot to the quality of Old Ways, and this is Neil's most realized country effort to date. One enjoyable aspect of the album is his use of Waylon Jennings for vocal harmonies. Waylon and Neil's voices blend well together, and Jennings is one of the best harmonizers around. Willie Nelson shows up to duet on "Are There Any More Real Cowboys?," adding further to the record's country credentials. This period of Neil's career is even more significant if you look past the Old Ways album, and take into account the subsequent International Harvesters tour, with its performances of several exceptional, unreleased songs, "Interstate" and "Grey Riders."
YouTube - Neil Young w/ International Harvesters & Nicolette Larson - "Homegrown" at Farm Aid II
Some more International Harvesters video:
YouTube - NEIL YOUNG SOUTHERN PACIFIC 8/17/85 - 1985-08-17, Canadian National Exhibition Grandstand, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
YouTube - Neil Young & Waylon Jennings 1984 - Neil Young & Waylon Jennings Sept 20 1984 'Nashville Now' TV show Are You Ready For the Country?
YouTube - Neil Young - Nashville Now tv show pt 1 - Neil Young on the tv show Nashville Now on Sept 20 1984. Part 1 includes intro, Field of Opportunity and the first part of the interview.
YouTube - Neil Young - Nashville Now tv show pt 3 - Neil Young on the tv show Nashville Now on Sept 20 1984. Part 3 - Amber Jean, band intro's and the closing moments of the show."