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Sunday, June 10, 2012

INTERVIEWS: Crazy Horse’s Poncho Sampedro Talks "Americana," Working with Neil Young Again

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From Crazy Horse’s Poncho Sampedro Talks "Americana," Working with Neil Young Again:
“I was so ready just to start jamming and having fun and all of a sudden, Neil started coming up with American folk songs,” Sampedro tells ABC News Radio. “It was a little different at first, but we played ‘em just like we would play any other song and they came out with our mark on ‘em.”

“When Neil walks in the room everything gets better,” he maintains. “He has a tremendous outlook on what we’re doing. And, he’s always…10 steps ahead of everybody in the room…It’s just a matter of following his lead and everything’ll be fine.”

On “Gallows Pole,” “When Neil pulled it out and we did it, I had no idea it was that song. It didn’t sound anything like it,” he admits. “When I listen to it now, it’s one of the more different-sounding songs on the record. And I really like it [but it's] so opposite of Led Zeppelin’s version.”

From Neil Young & Crazy Horse Eye Another 2012 Album | by Gary Graff:
The album is expected in the fall, but no release date or title have been announced. Sampedro, who resides in Hawaii, says he's been back and forth to Young's ranch and studio for more sessions when the moon is full, which is Young's preferred time to record. "We'll work five or six, seven days, then I'll just fly home," he explains, with Young, drummer Ralph Molina and bassist Billy Talbot handling "production stuff" between sessions. "Every time when I go back to work some more, everybody says, 'Everything sounds great. This sounds fantastic,' so we really seem to be onto something," Sampedro reports.

On recording old folk songs, "At first it didn't really go down that well," Sampedro says of the "Americana" songs. "I wasn't bummed or anything. I just thought, 'Here we are playing. He'll pull out some of his songs or some other songs,' and the next time we came it was more folk songs and then the next time it was more folk songs... for about five or six months in a row."

Ultimately, however, Sampedro feels that Young and the group turned the selections into Crazy Horse material. "I was jumping up and down and screaming and singing parts that I probably shouldn't be singing and just having a good time -- which is what we do," he says. "In my mind there's a little part of me that knows it's not Neil and it's not us. It's something else. But at the same time, when I listen to it, I like it."

More on new Crazy Horse recordings on Interviews with Neil Young: BBC Radio 4 Front Row, NPR Fresh Air & KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic .

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At 6/10/2012 07:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I picked up Americana at Best Buy today and played it with Windows Media Player......

None of the CD information is showing up.
It plays as:
Unknown Album
Unknown Artist
Unknown Genre
Unknown Year

Anyone else having Americana CD

Thanks,Take Care...

KevKev in Apache Junction

At 6/11/2012 12:27:00 AM, Blogger Dan1 said...

I really have to pinch myself ... a new Neil Young album with CH, another on the way with CH, a CH tour, a autobiography/diary .... and I remember thinking the year started slow with nothing Neil happening and woulda thunk we'd have a year full of CH ... I just went to the tour page on his site and realized this is really happening!!! Also, after a few times listening to Americana I'm really digging it, feels so good to hear the crazy horse sound, the songs are catchy, definitely groovin' out to the the new album and the explosion of all things Neil all of a sudden ... he just delivers over and over again ...

At 6/11/2012 07:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah I have to pinch myself too. I used to feel sorry for myself because I've never seen Neil Young in person because I got into him too late and now he releases a new album and announces his new tour both on my birthday and the first date of the tour is in my hometown. And it's Crazy Horse too! It's got to be a dream! Totally unreal!

At 6/11/2012 09:39:00 AM, Blogger Dan1 said...

This is the fourth decade I've seen him (since the 80s) and he's as relevant and as vibrant (if not more) than he was back then (he's like a fine wine, better and better with age)... yea, true, he's basically almost always on and for decades has put on incredible shows, but what other old time artist can you really point to and say, I'm just getting around to seeing him now but I get to see him in all his glory, as relevant as ever, with an ability to play his whole canon (we'll see on this point without Ben Keith, although I'm optimistic), and you know ... we're so fortunate ... so many greats are no longer, so many are there in body but not spirit, or they've lost something ... new fans someday will look back and wish they'd had a chance to see him live, experience what its like for a new album to come out, for an archives, a video, a tour ... Critics be damned it is a truly glorious time to be a Neil fan, so much so that I feel its as good a time as it ever was ... I guess my point is that its so good to be a fan now no reason to feel like 'I got into him too late' ... how cool he's starting in your hometown, really happy for you ...

At 6/11/2012 12:01:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

so many greats are no longer, so many are there in body but not spirit, or they've lost something

That is the truth. Watching Elton and McCartney the other site reveals just how phenominal Neil is at this stage of their careers. Those old Brit have lost their voices to an extent, while Uncle Neil still hits the highs almsot like the 70's. Throw Townsend and Daltry into that other mix as well. It's to be expected I guess, but dang, at least Neil sounds like he did, and still plays and writes like the madman he is.

At 6/11/2012 12:02:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

sorry...that's the other 'night'

At 6/12/2012 06:42:00 AM, Anonymous Northwest Concert and Events Blog said...

They must put a date on when will Neil Armstrong's album be released for his fans. He is a legend in the music industry already.


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