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Friday, May 24, 2013

A Horse with a Name: Frank "Poncho" Sampedro Tells the Crazy Horse Story

Poncho & Neil Young, Melbourne 13 March 2013
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Here's an interview from last Fall, A Horse with a Name: Frank Sampedro Tells the Crazy Horse Story by John Swenson:
Offbeat: Your ability to look at it all as music is part of your singular genius. You guys appeal to people who don’t like rock made after 1982, yet you also appeal to people who don’t like rock made before 1982. Not sure anyone else on the touring circuit can say that.

Frank "Poncho" Sampedro: It amazes me when I look out into the crowd and I can see someone younger than one of my kids singing the words. I can see his lips moving. I don’t even know all the words to “Powderfinger,” a song I’ve played a million times, and here’s this young kid singing along.

I always felt that music is something that should bring people together. When I first got in the band in ’75, you could turn on the radio and hear a rock tune, then a gospel tune, folk music, bluegrass, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Bob Dylan, and Aretha Franklin all in one station. That’s gone. They use music now to separate people: “I’m a hip-hop guy,” “I’m a blues guy,” “I’m a jazz guy,” “I hate rock ’n’ roll.” In my vision that’s not what music is.

Music should be something that we can all hear and enjoy with each other no matter what it is instead of being separated like it is today.
More of interview A Horse with a Name: Frank Sampedro Tells the Crazy Horse Story by John Swenson.

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At 5/24/2013 01:02:00 PM, Anonymous Eric Koval said...

Poncho is just spot on....Music's ultimate value is laden in it's ability to connect us to one another, the Earth, and the spiritual. Love live Crazy Horse! Eric Koval

At 5/24/2013 04:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

poncho is the man, the dude. thanx guys, long live the fucking holy horse

At 5/24/2013 07:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahmen Poncho, and thanks for all the good times with your music guys.

At 5/25/2013 10:38:00 AM, Anonymous P_Doubt said...

will see long time BSB supporter Billy Idol tomorrow night at great venue. only a few mountain miles from BA Ranch, special guest Billy ?

At 5/25/2013 11:21:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I take from that is the Horse is gonna be around and occasionally active until one of them dies or just can't do it anymore!

Anxiously crossing fingers and awaiting the fall North America tour schedule!


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