March 20, 2012


Neil Young & Crazy Horse's Conceptual New Album

Kevin Winter
Kevin Winter

Are you patriotic? Do you like gritty guitar rock? Then you should be particularly excited about this: Neil Young and Crazy Horse—the Grandpas of Grunge, if you will—have unveiled details for a new album called Americana, featuring covers of classic American songs. It drops June 5, Rolling Stone reports. 

For Americana, the band known for searing, meandering guitar jam-outs like "Cortez the Killer" and "Down by the River," will be putting their own spin on songs like "This Land Is Your Land," "Clementine" and "Gallows Pole."

Young told Rolling Stone about the concept: "They're songs we all know from kindergarden, but Crazy Horse has rearranged them, and they now belong to us." He added that a "very young choir of children plays with Crazy Horse [on the album]."

A statement about the album helps explains [via Pitchfork]:

"What ties these songs together is the fact that while they may represent an America that may no longer exist. The emotions and scenarios behind these songs still resonate with what’s going on in the country today with equal, if not greater impact nearly 200 years later. The lyrics reflect the same concerns and are still remarkably meaningful to a society going through economic and cultural upheaval, especially during an election year. They are just as poignant and powerful today as the day they were written." 

Americana is Young's first album with Crazy Horse since 2003's Greendale, and the first album with the full Crazy Horse line-up of Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank "Poncho" Sampedro since 1996's Broken Arrow.

Watch Neil Young and Crazy Horse shred "Cortez the Killer" below, then imagine what "This Land Is Your Land" will sound like that