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Monday, February 04, 2019

Comment of the Moment: Nils Lofgren's Guitar in Crazy Horse Band

Nils Lofgren w/ NYCH
NYCH (Neil Young + Crazy Horse) -
Warnor Theater, Fresno, CA - May 2, 2018

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The musical careers of Nils Lofgren and Neil Young have intersected many, many times over the past 5 decades.

The Comment of the Moment is on Nils Lofgren's guitar work in Neil young's band Crazy Horse on Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Winnipeg Night #1, 2019-02-03 by Scotsman:
Nils Lofgren is the kind of guy who can play the most complex guitar solo in his sleep.

He is an absurdly talented instrumentalist, with a mastery of notes and tones that most guitarists don't even know exist. Watching him play Youngstown with Bruce Sprigsteen (Live In New York City 2000) isn't like watching a "normal" guitarist; it seems like he's playing a completely different instrument to the rest of us, such is his level of unique mastery.

And yet, when he plays with Neil, his style is one of utmost restraint*.

Why? Because he's not there to show off. He knows what the songs are calling for: and that is less extra stuff, more Neil Young. The result is a band where Neil's guitar is pushed front-and-center. Where it can either fly or fall. And given the real possibility of falling, this band (with Nils or Poncho) usually flies. Often you see them huddle together, and the song, on the verge of collapse, just seems to pull itself together. With Neil's guitar soaring out of the mix.

That sense of danger, of being on the cliff edge and rising above it, flying even, is where much of the excitement is.

You can make good music with a safety net, for sure, but you can't make good Rock 'n' roll.

(*Molina has a similar view of Poncho Sampedro's style, another master of this approach for 40 years: " He plays beautiful fills....that do justice to the songs").

Thanks Scotsman! And good to see you again here on TW and all of your insights. Good points on Nils' guitar work and the Crazy Horse sound. Much welcomed thoughts.

More on Nils Lofgren and Neil Young.

Nils Lofgren w/ Neil Young - "Believe"
29th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts
Photo by thrasher
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On to Night #2 tonight and hoping for smoother sailing.

More on last night's concert and Live Stream on Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Winnipeg Night #1, 2019-02-03.

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At 2/04/2019 03:33:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

So True. KV

At 2/04/2019 04:52:00 PM, Blogger Hambone said...

Nils Lofgren - Greatest Wingman ever.

Also good news about streaming posted on NYA Facebook page for time zone challenged fans:

"Livestream will begin tonight at 830pm CST from the Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg 🇨🇦‼️

We will re-run the stream in the Hearse Theatre starting at 6am CST for those of you who live elsewhere.
It will be up and running for 16 hours.

So turn it up loud & enjoy wherever you are in the 🌏!

May The Horse Be With You 🐎"

Thanks Neil,

Hambone in the UK

At 2/04/2019 07:21:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

@Hambone: The replay of last night's stream was canceled because of the audio issues. They're trying again tonight, no word yet on replays if it works.

At 2/04/2019 08:13:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

NYA just announced on Facebook that if tonight's stream works, it will be available for replay tomorrow from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST.

At 2/07/2019 03:19:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Nils is so good.A perfect friend and fellowmusician for Neil.He sang an played songs of Neil on a special cd dedicated to his example,Neil,and on a guitar Neil once just gave him.Love to hear him play.With Grin,Bruce and Neil.He can play with anybody,anything anytime,acoustic or electric,and not just guitar!A natural talent.Long may Nils play.Saw him very recently with Crazy Horse in Winnipeg on the NYA,which is an amazing site of Neil.Keep on doing what's natural to you guys.Cees Mostert.


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