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30 October 2021

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Share New Track, ‘Heading West’

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse have shared a brand new track, Heading West, which you can hear below.

Taken from their upcoming new album Barn, the latest preview is a nostalgic look back at Young’s childhood and his move from Ontario to Winnipeg after his parents got divorced.

“What a great ride with the Horse on this one!” Young said of the track on the Neil Young Archives. “[Guitar tech] Larry Cragg had my guitar sounding so alive…My mom and I travelled across the country together, heading west. She was on her way back home to start over. I was on my way there with her. Here’s a song about me and my mom and those ‘growing up’ times. It’s so great to remember her this way!”

‘Barn’, the follow-up to 2019’s Colorado, comes after Young teased its arrival back in June, saying that “the Horse is back in the barn, shaking off the rust”.

“We are so happy to be back in the barn, a barn built to replicate the 1850s barn that had collapsed in exactly the same place, high in the mountains of Colorado,” Young said. “It’s an exact replica of the original, built with Ponderosa pines by Ted Moews and his great crew of artisans.”

He also said, “These are new times, with new songs and feelings after what our world has been through and continues to face. This music we are making for our souls. It’s like fresh water on a desert. Life is going on.”

He added that the personnel who have worked on the record include: Larry Cragg, Jeff Pinn, Bob Rice and Paul Davies.

Barn will be released on 10 December via Reprise. You can see the album’s tracklist below.

Song Of The Seasons
Heading West
Change Ain’t Never Gonna
Shape Of You
They Might Be Lost
Human Race
Tumblin’ Thru The Years
Welcome Back
Don’t Forget Love

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