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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Neil Young Unearths 'A Treasure' -- Video & Interview

A most excellent interview - Neil Young Unearths 'A Treasure' -- Exclusive Video & Interview - The Boot:
Q: You obviously have high regard for the musicians on this record, and a few of them, Ben Keith, Rufus Thibodeaux, are gone now. What did you learn from them?

Neil: These musicians are the greatest musicians ever that I played with ... as a collection. As accomplished musicians, both technically and soulfully, they are unequaled. I've played with some great musicians, but these guys were musicians on another level. I played with superstars and other singers and all kinds of people; that's been great and I'm not saying this to belittle them or anything. But these guys as musicians were so accomplished and they played together with with no friction, with absolutely no regard for anything other than the music. It was a happiness that came out of our time together. The experience of playing was just so great. They should all be in the Hall of Fame, every one of them. Karl Himmel [on drums], Anthony Crawford [guitar], Spooner Oldham [on piano], who wrote 'I'm Your Puppet,' and the great Ben Keith [pedal steel and Dobro], an excellent musician who has touched this town a great deal. Rufus Thibodeaux, probably the greatest Cajun fiddler of all time. He pulled notes out of places not of this earth and just kept coming up with them. That was a great moment for me just being with him.

When Ben Keith said this record was a treasure, I knew that was the title for it.

This is a part of my life that was unmistakably the most satisfying from a musician standpoint. The interplay of these musicians among themselves on this record is just unbelievable. There was nothing other than just natural play going on; trading licks and solos and always having great support. These guys are the real deal. I'm here [at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum] because I want to honor these guys. These guys are country music. You can say what you may about me. I was so lucky to play with them and so lucky to know them and to know their families and to share the times we had together.

This is more than a record.

What this is really about is the music and the people that played the music on this record.

More reviews of A Treasure - Neil Young & The International Harvesters.


At 6/26/2011 05:51:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Corn said...

Nice comments by Neil. Neil seems to love Tootsie's. Always stop by there and Jack's BBQ when I'm in Nashville. Can you imagine Neil and Stills stopping by there in 1967? I've never heard this story before.

At 6/27/2011 09:02:00 AM, Anonymous MDB - Just a Loser said...

I love to hear Neil's humility and true deference to the Harvesters. Where can I access the whole presentation?

At 6/27/2011 03:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the T-shirt is fabulous too!

At 6/27/2011 03:26:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Love the comment on how his daughter was listening to it and playing it for friends and signed the letter Amber Jean. Nice to see Neil discussing the personal connection to the record ... he always keeps it real. Love that about him!

At 6/27/2011 04:21:00 PM, Blogger JimDC821 said...

A Treasure is a beautiful and superb collection. I experienced a profound sense of awe listening to these outstanding musicians, so tight, so technically on cue. They elevate Neil's music to a level of country art seemingly unavailable anymore. Watching them play together on Austin City Limits, you truly grasp the profound joy, warmth and respect these guys had for each other. For Neil, to be unencumbered with sensitive egos at his side, but to be supported by seasoned journeymen who know their craft is to perform at the highest level. The Muse was very much in evidence - not the "Ambulance Blues" heady muse, but the enlightened "Hootenany muse" of a man enjoying what he does for a living.

Thank you Neil for putting together a true and lasting Treasure.


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