By: Gary Graff
Though they've played a handful of shows throughout the summer, Neil Young and Crazy Horse hit the road in earnest on Wednesday (October 3) in Windsor, Ontario.
It's the group's first full-fledged road trek since it supported the "Greendale" album in 2003-2004, and guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampedro tells us that the group comes together solely at Young's whim:
"Neil had been talking about playing with us again for awhile, and then he went on the road with Buffalo Springfield...He told me, 'After this, Poncho,' I want to get back together with the Horse.”
“At the end of the first session I said, 'Neil, we sound just like us and we don't even try.' The sound and the feel that we get that's just...Anything we can just play straightahead, we just make it our own. We don't know any other way to play."
Young and Crazy Horse covered a batch of folk songs for "Americana," which came out in June, then recorded a set of originals for "Psychedelic Pill," a two-disc set that's due Oct. 30.
Young, meanwhile, just published an autobiography called "Waging Heavy Peace."
The upcoming tour includes a stop at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 13 in Texas and performances at Young's annual Bridge School Benefit on October 20-21 in Mountain View, California.
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