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Sunday, October 02, 2011

"Ohio" Cover Single Release Coming

As regular TW readers know, we consider Neil Young's song "Ohio" to be the pivotal song in his career from that point in time forward. No other song in Young's vast canon is as essential in defining his artistic development as "Ohio".

One only has to view the video above or Young's latest film Journeys to understand the power of its deceptively simple lyrics which still deeply resonates in the soul 40 years on for anyone who experienced the turbulence on the 1960's.

Which brings us to the news that a new single for "Ohio" to be released this month from Ohio musician, Ryan Kralik.

Rick Rosas, legendary bassist for Neil Young, Joe Walsh, CSNY, Buffalo Springfield and Jackson Brown, contributes bass to 3 tracks. Also joining Kralik on 4 pieces is Dave Krusen, former drummer for Pearl Jam. Krusen joined Pearl Jam shortly after the band formed in 1990 and his drumming style, most notably on the bands 11-times platinum debut Ten, has been among the most influential of the last 20 years. Krusen, who also played with noted acts Candlebox and Hovercraft, also co-produced and engineered several tracks.

Another Seattle veteran, Keith Lowe (Brad, Satchel, Stone Gossard) contributes several hard-hitting bass lines to the project. Newcomer, Josh Hisle who's appearance in the Neil Young film "CSNY Deja Vu" gained him a light on the world stage, not only lends his Cincinnati roots stylings to Kralik's latest collection but will also release a joint single with Kralik in early October, cover of CSNY's "Ohio".

Hisle said of the project, "Ryan sent me a demo that he'd done of "Ohio" and said we should record it and put it out since I'm opening for Stephen Stills on his US tour in October. So he said we should get Rick Rosas and Dave Krusen on it and then I did some vocals and guitar and it turned out amazing. Can't wait to get it out and see what Stephen and Neil think."

Both the October "Ohio" single and Kralik's full length album will be available in physical and digital formats with a possible vinyl release of the joint "Ohio" single being considered for early 2012 release.

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"It's still hard to believe I had to write this song. It's ironic that I capitalized on the death of these American students. Probably the most important lesson ever learned at an American place of learning.

David Crosby cried after this take."

(from liner notes of the Decade album)

May 4, 1970 @ 12:22 PM... we'll never forget.

More on the significance of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Ohio".

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At 10/02/2011 11:42:00 PM, Blogger mark said...

>> May 4, 1970 @ 12:22 PM... we'll never forget.

...... cuz the day we forget, is the day something like this can happen again.
.. okay
... the current administration has recently ordered, & carried out, the assassination of an American citizen via remotely operated aerial drone.
........ there was no trial, no conviction, no sentence.... for an American citizen.
....... why ?
...... tell me why.
.......... I wanna KNOW why.

..... because while this one was claimed to be a terrorist poobah, who's to say who the next enemy (enemies) of the state will be... and what punishment will be decreed for said enemy's 'crimes' ?
...... i'm not a 'black helicopter' guy, but too many things are getting waay weird out there.

At 10/03/2011 09:17:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

Don't forget about the killings at Jackson State Univ. where a week later students were open fired upon by police.

Man, those drone killings are bizarre. Where do we draw the line here? During war time? A war time that was created out from the imagination of people protecting their oil investments?

Can you imagine if that technology became commonplace?

At 10/03/2011 09:23:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

I realize that most things happen in cycles, but I think some of the songs from LWW deserve to be covered, too.

I mean Nixon is dead. Let the man rest in piece. And we're not shooting at our kids on college campuses anymore. (Actually, they're shooting at each other.)

At 10/03/2011 12:52:00 PM, Blogger The Rugged Gent said...

Hi guys. If you like Neil Young check out an artist called Joshua and the Ghost at The music is available on iTunes.

At 10/03/2011 03:39:00 PM, Blogger Jill said...

This sounds like it should be a really interesting project then. I was very struck with how Neil brought attention to Josh Hisle in that film, and loved the scene where Neil was jamming along with Josh on his own song, such a generous and typical thing of Neil to do.

I was reminded of this recently while watching on TV a documentary called `The Love we Make` about Paul McCartney`s involvement in a benefit concert in New York following the 9/11 attacks. The film was interesting, but the emphasis was very much on Paul McCartney and his famous friends rather than what the benefit concert was about. Different time and place and different circumstances, but what a striking contrast to Neil`s film. Waging Heavy Peace Indeed.

At 10/03/2011 04:23:00 PM, Blogger Jill said...

Oh, and no offense to any McCartney fans, I wasn`t intending to knock him as such.

At 10/03/2011 05:43:00 PM, Anonymous Mother Nature said...

I saw it, too, and take no offense, even though my favorite Beatle was the guy who started it all by doing the concert for the refugees fleeing the persecution and environmental disaster in Bangladash.

Not to get off the subject here, Jill, but I wonder how much input Paul McCartney had in the final cut of that documentary.

Is it possible he didn't even see it?

At 10/04/2011 03:30:00 AM, Blogger Jill said...

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At 10/04/2011 03:53:00 AM, Blogger Jill said...

Looks like we share the same favourite Beatle then Mother Nature! Yes, good point and I agree, we don`t know how much control McCartney had in the final editing, if any at all. Even so, the difference in egos is striking.

At 10/04/2011 04:49:00 AM, Blogger Jill said...

But then again, he`s Paul McCartney, a houshold name and still recognised and mobbed wherever he goes, so I guess it`s hardly surprising.


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