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Sunday, July 23, 2023

Neil Young Solo @ Oxbow River Stage, Napa, CA - Sunday July 23

SOLO in 3D!


Neil Young will perform tonight at Oxbow River Stage,  Napa, CA on Sunday July 23. Also, with special guest Chris Pierce as opening act.

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At 7/25/2023 07:50:00 AM, Blogger lonesome me said...

I Wonder if anyone has thoughts about Neils performance these days as an acoustic guitar player. I am so pleased with his voice now, I think he really hits the notes beautyfully this summer. Seems like he got som new fresh strength, like going ten years back. Maybe the big pause has been a good thing. When it comes to the strings on his acoustic, he hits and strum them not like I like him to do. I think a lot of this subject. Maybe its a long journey that had its start many years ago. If you go back to the young Neil, he would mostly sit on a chair while playing his Martin(s). I guess Neil in this position would then have a more natural access to his typical palm muting/damping technicue. This is something that must me done near to the bridge, because of the angle of the arm and wrist, it is almost impossible to do this on the other side of the sound hole into the neck. When you stand you can also do it, but its like more inspiring when you sit. You are in more tight control of your instrument, and you get the urge to bang those palm muted bass notes out of the guitar body. When you stand you feel more of letting the instrument to cling out in the air, use the sustain. If its your dog, you like to let it run into the woods.
Well, if we go a long way back, listen to the early demoes of Neil, like the first demo og Sugar Mountain, you can hear that he has not developed the combination of playing whole strumming chords and hit notes on one or two strings. The next version of Sugar Mountain four years later, he does. This time Neil take a step away from Bob and becomes himself on the acoustic. Years later when you hear Cowgirl.. on 4 way street, its accomplished. He is the only one in the world when Harvest is released that can play with his palm The needle.. like he does, and one million guys like me try to copy it.
But slowly Neil has left his trademark. I think you even on Harvest Moon from 92, you can hear that he like the strings to more let loose, but he still has the great Neil touch, fantastic on a song like Natural Beauty.
Jump to this summer great performance, he has overall more sacrificed the «palm hand» to the loose strumming on the other side of the sound hole, up on the neck. I think he loves how the intrument sounds with this gentle touch on the strings. The playing reminds me much more now back to the demoes from the sixties. More like Dylan. But I am afraid I think it gets too loose, sometimes its a little out of the swing, and kind of random if he manage to hit the single notes on the bass strings, the small rifs I like him to give me, is often sloppy delivered. But when he pick up White falcon and give us Ohio, you know that he is able to do it. It is as cool as ever.
He sat on the solo tour in 2014. Take a listen to Southern Man from Carnegie Hall. I love it. So, I hope he will take interest once more to sit down and use his palm like only Neil is able to. But I know, he loves the freedom of singing through the harmonica holder microphones, wander around the stage in all directions. He has not any pledge to a fool like me, who can jump into 100 ours on YouTube to listen any time I want to his live demostration on palm muting.
So I guess, let love rule.
On earth :)

At 7/25/2023 11:37:00 AM, Blogger the rider said...

I think it might have to do with his arthritis issues in his right arm. It is wrapped tightly in a bandage, and I'm imagining he experiences quite a bit of pain when playing guitar. Using the bigsby tremelo bar all of those decades has taken its toll, but what's so amazing is he never stops playing, unlike Dylan who mostly gave up the guitar due to his own arthritis issues. But your assessment of his playing close to the guitar neck for aesthetic reasons seems like another reason for his stuff acoustic guitar strumming these days.


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