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Neil Young & Crazy House will Release a Very Special Album Titled "Americana" on June 5th, 2012!
March 20 2012

March 20, 2012 â (Burbank, CA) â NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE will release a very special album titled AMERICANA on June 5, 2012. AMERICANA is the first album from Neil Young & Crazy Horse in nearly nine years. Crazy Horse is: Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina, Poncho Sampedro, and Neil Young.



As youâll see from the track-listing, AMERICANA is collection of classic, American folk songs. In their day, some of these may have been referred to as âprotest songs,â âmurder ballads,â or campfire-type songs passed down with universal, relatable tales for everyman.



Some of these compositions which, like âTom Dooleyâ and âOh Susannah,â were written in the 1800s, while others, like âThis Land Is Your Landâ (utilizing the original, widely misinterpreted âdeleted versesâ) and âGet A Job,â are mid-20th-century folk classics. Itâs also interesting to note that âGod Save The Queen,â Britainâs national anthem, also became the de facto national anthem of sorts before the establishment of The Union as we know it until we came to adopt our very own âThe Star Spangled Banner,â which has been recognized for use as early as 1889 and made our official national anthem in 1931. Each of these compositions is very much part of the fabric of our American heritage; the roots of what we think of as âAmericanaâ in cultural terms, using songs as a way of passing along information and documenting our past.



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 whatâs 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.



Neil has penned brief historical details about each of the songs on AMERICANA that can be found here.



AMERICANA was produced by Neil and John Hanlon along with Mark Humphreys, and engineered by John Hanlon with John Hausmann and Jeff Pinn. It was recorded at Audio Casa Blanca by John Hanlon.



The track-listing is as follows:


Oh Susannah

Clementine

Tom Dooley

Gallows Pole

Get A Job

Travel On

High Flyinâ Bird

Sheâll Be Comin âRound The Mountain

This Land Is Your Land

Wayfarinâ Stranger

God Save The Queen



I hope youâll enjoy this unique collection of songs as interpreted by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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