NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Simon is the latest icon to sell his rich catalog of songs.
Sony Music Publishing announced Wednesday that it has acquired Simon's catalog, which includes six decades of...
NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Young has become the latest musician to strike gold with his song catalogue, selling a 50 percent stake in his music to a British investment company in a deal announced on...
Kelsey Waldon, “They'll Never Keep Us Down” (Oh Boy)
Kelsey Waldon’s “They’ll Never Keep Us Down” is a serviceable homage release, as the proud Kentuckian covers everyone from Nina Simone to...
Neil Young, “Return to Greendale” (Reprise Records)
Think of Neil Young's 2003 record “Greendale” as the venerable rocker's take on “Our Town,” with a heavy dose of weirdness,...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the beloved opening lines of Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah” to the rousing, children's-choir conclusion of the Rolling Stones' “You Can't Always Get What You Want,” President...
NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Young sued President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign Tuesday for copyright infringement, saying he doesn’t want his music used as a theme song for a “divisive un-American...
Ray LaMontagne, “MONOVISION” (RCA)
Ray LaMontagne takes a comprehensive less-is-more approach on “MONOVISION,” his eighth album.
A solo work in the truest sense of the term, LaMontagne...
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
Neil Young, “Homegrown” (Reprise)
Neil Young's “Homegrown," finished 45 years ago but not released until now, is the missing link during one of his most productive and creative...
Lucinda Williams, “Good Souls, Better Angels” (Highway 20/Thirty Tigers)
Lucinda Williams has come up with an album for our times — at least if you’re as angry as she is.
Neil Young with Crazy Horse, "Colorado" (Reprise)
Neil Young is back with his old band Crazy Horse in all their ragged glory with "Colorado," a beautiful, rambling, chaotic howl against...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A media company that owns television stations in Wisconsin is partnering with a longtime farm charity on a live 18-hour telethon to raise money for struggling...
NEW YORK (AP) — Willie Nelson has come off his tour because of a "breathing problem."
The 86-year-old singer apologized on Twitter late Wednesday, writing "I need to have my doctor check...
EAST TROY, Wis. (AP) — Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews will headline Farm Aid 2019 when the music and food festival visits Wisconsin's struggling dairy country in...
NEW YORK (AP) — The manager of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and many other rock stars has died. Elliot Roberts was 76.
His agency Lookout Management says in a statement that Roberts died...
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, "Turn Off the News (Build A Garden)" (Fantasy Records)
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have a piece of advice for their listeners: Turn off the...
Justin Rutledge, "Passages" (Outside Music)
Justin Rutledge stands in a strong tradition of literate Canadian singer-songwriters — think Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell or the late...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As a child, Fred Lincoln "Link" Wray Jr. hid under a bed when the Ku Klux Klan came to his parents' home in rural North Carolina. Racist groups often targeted the poor family of Shawnee Native American ancestry as the Wrays endured segregation in the American South just like African-Americans.
NEW YORK (AP) — Pegi Young, who with fellow musician and then-husband Neil Young helped found the Bridge School for children with speech and physical impairments, has died.
Young died of cancer Tuesday in California, according to spokeswoman Michelle Gutenstein-Hinz. She was 66. Additional details about her death were not immediately available.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hey hey, my my, Neil Young is calling Daryl Hannah his wife.
The 72-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and the 57-year-old "Splash" actress had been utterly mum on the subject of their marriage since reports that they wed in California in August.
But Young said in a pro-gun-control post on his website Wednesday featuring a new performance of his 1970 song "Ohio" that "My wife Daryl and I put this video together."
NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing will honor Willie Nelson days before the 2019 Grammy Awards.
The academy announced Tuesday that Nelson's career and achievements will be celebrated on Feb. 6, 2019, at The Village Studios in Los Angeles.
Neil Portnow, the academy's president and CEO, says in a statement that "Willie Nelson has inspired generations of musicians and fans, and continues to set precedents of excellence within the music community."
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Farm Aid music festival is taking place this year in Hartford.
The annual event, which raises money and awareness for family farms, takes place Saturday at the Xfinity Theater, the first time in its 33-year history it has been held in Connecticut.
Artists including Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews are scheduled to perform.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ed King, a former guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd who helped write several of the group's hits including "Sweet Home Alabama," has died in Nashville, Tennessee, according to a family friend. He was 68.
Scott Coopwood said King died Wednesday due to cancer. Funeral arrangements had not yet been announced Thursday.
King joined the band in 1972 and was part of its first three albums with its distinct three-guitar sound.
Boz Scaggs, "Out of the Blues" (Concord Records)
Sometimes with more gloss, at times with more grit, but always with great feeling, Boz Scaggs has kept some form of the blues close to the surface during most of his career, which has already sailed past the 50-year milestone.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Chris Stapleton is joining performers for the 33rd annual Farm Aid in Connecticut.
Organizers announced Monday the benefit for farmers will take place Sept. 22 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford.
Stapleton won a Grammy for best country album in February. He'll join Farm Aid regulars Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews.
Jennifer Castle, "Angels of Death" (Paradise of Bachelors)
There are excellent records about death, dying, grief and goodbyes — from Neil Young's "Tonight's the Night" and David Bowie's "Blackstar" to The Antlers' "Hospice" and Gord Downie's "Introduce Yerself." Jennifer Castle's "Angels of Death" is an ethereal, deeply poetic take on the subject — nimble, sure-footed and beautifully written and performed.
At 72, Neil Young feels a sense of urgency.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member has a new, and joyfully perplexing, pseudo-Western film "Paradox" written and directed by actress and girlfriend Daryl Hannah coming out on Netflix next week. He's releasing a movie soundtrack on the same day. And next month, he's digging into his vast archives to put out "Roxy - Tonight's the Night Live," a collection of songs played live from the opening week of the famed Los Angeles club in 1973.
Neil Young + Promise of the Real, "The Visitor" (Reprise Records)
Neil Young is unhappy.
That's good news for music fans.
Young is back and crotchety in "The Visitor," a record that finds him lashing out against President Donald Trump, environmental degradation, the fate of mankind and nearly everything in between.
He doesn't go full-Grandpa Simpson here but it is close. Not that it's a bad thing.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neil Young will open his vast archive of music for anyone to listen to online for free next month.
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War on Drugs’ Granduciel ‘on the Neil train’
Neil Young, "Hitchhiker" (Reprise Records)
In 1976, Neil Young walked into a Malibu recording studio, armed with his acoustic guitar and harmonica, and laid down a bunch of tracks in a single session.
They sat unreleased for more than 40 years until now.
Dubbed "Hitchhiker," the 10-track archival release is a treasure trove for Young fans with two previously unreleased songs and intimate renditions of some of his best loved tunes.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, "Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real" (Fantasy Records)
First, let's just get this out there: Lukas Nelson sounds a lot like his famous dad, the red-headed stranger better known as Willie Nelson.
Secondly, don't let the striking similarities in their vocal styles and deliveries cloud your judgment of the younger Nelson. At 28, he is the real deal and deserves to be treated seriously independent of his father's legacy.
BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The annual Farm Aid benefit concert is coming back to Pennsylvania for just the third time since it began in 1985.
It will be held Sept. 16 at KeyBank Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater in Burgettstown about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Pittsburgh. The festival was first held in Pennsylvania at the same venue in 2002, though it operated under a different name at that time. It also was held in Hershey in 2012.
NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman will replace an ailing Neil Young as the person inducting Pearl Jam into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Friday.
According to a statement from the hall, Young "is regrettably no longer able to induct Pearl Jam" due to illness and is "thrilled" that former TV talk-show host Letterman will substitute. Pearl Jam made its "Late Show with David Letterman" debut in 1996 with a version of "Hail, Hail."
NEW YORK (AP) — Snoop Dogg will induct the late rapper Tupac Shakur into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, while Pharrell Williams will induct Nile Rodgers during the ceremony in Brooklyn next month.
The Rock & Roll Hall announced Wednesday additional guests who'll be on hand April 7 at the Barclays Center to induct this year's newest class.
NEW YORK (AP) — Pearl Jam will be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by frequent collaborator and rock legend Neil Young this spring.
Young and Pearl Jam memorably joined forces to play Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" at MTV's Video Music Awards in 1993. Pearl Jam regularly covers the song on tour. Members of the band played on Young's 1995 album "Mirror Ball."
NEW YORK (AP) — New Year's Eve is the party of the year, so what's on the playlist of Neil Diamond? How about Amy Adams?
We asked celebrities for their ideal jams to ring in 2017:
OCTAVIA SPENCER: "I love Katy Perry Roar. Roarrrrrrr. Oh ah ah ah ah."
WILL SMITH: "I want to be moved physically by the music, so Calvin Harris would be up in that kind of tempo, joy, energetic range."
JENNIFER ANISTON: "I let Justin Theroux take care of the music. We hear a lot of Steely Dan."
Neil Young, "Peace Trail" (Reprise Records)
Prolific rocker Neil Young is at his curmudgeonly best on "Peace Trail," bemoaning his place in the current generation while standing up for his decades-long commitment to fighting for the underdog.
In that way, the largely acoustic "Peace Trail" is representative of late-career Young. It's quirky, soulful, poignant and powerful — if not a little unpolished.
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Brad Smith has authored more than a few chapters in his 48 years. The latest has him feeling good. Not that the others didn't. They begin with being born in Columbus, growing up in West Point. Fast forward to today, and he's in the Los Angeles area, launching an already considerable music career into another gear by scoring a National Geographic film out now in IMAX theaters and composing the soundtrack for a western that won Best Short Film at the 2015 Carmel International Film Festival.
INDIO, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the Desert Trip music festival in Indio, California, which features six legendary acts over three days: the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and the Who. It's the first time ever they have all performed at the same event (all times local):
The Who rocked through hits from their discography for more than two hours Sunday night.
INDIO, Calif. (AP) — The Desert Trip festival may appeal to the Woodstock crowd, and the Who and Neil Young were on both bills, but the events couldn't be more different.
Lance Albrecht, 65, remembers being at Woodstock as a teenager in 1969 and says he's a lot more comfortable at Desert Trip.
"You can't compare them," he said. "It's not even close."
INDIO, Calif. (AP) — Paul McCartney and Neil Young shared the bill at the Desert Trip music festival Saturday, and they also shared the stage during McCartney's set.
Young joined the former Beatle to perform "A Day in the Life," which morphed into John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance." The audience flashed peace signs as they sang along. Young played lead guitar to duet with McCartney on "Why Don't We Do It In the Road?"
INDIO, Calif. (AP) — Neil Young performed for nearly two hours to open the second night of the Desert Trip music festival, matching the energy of band members half his age.
Wearing his trademark black hat, Young started his set alone behind the piano, opening with "After the Gold Rush," accompanying himself on harmonica.
He then strapped on an acoustic guitar to play "Heart of Gold" and "Comes a Time" before his band, Promise of the Real, joined Young onstage.
INDIO, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the Desert Trip music festival in Indio, California, which features six legendary acts over three days: the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and the Who. It's the first time ever they've all performed at the same event (all times local):
Neil Young performed for nearly two hours to open the second night of the Desert Trip music festival, matching the energy of band members half his age.
INDIO, Calif. (AP) — Mick Jagger told the boomer-heavy crowd at the Desert Trip music festival, which boasts a legendary lineup of septuagenarians, that he wasn't going to "do a bunch of age jokes."
Then the 73-year-old Rolling Stones front man referred to the three-day event as "the Palm Springs retirement home for genteel English musicians."
INDIO, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the Desert Trip music festival in Indio, California, which features six legendary acts over three days: the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and the Who. It will be the first time ever they've all performed at the same event (all times local).
Bob Dylan opened the Desert Trip music festival with an 80-minute set.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ten thousand dollar air-conditioned tents. Morning yoga and Pilates classes. Multi-course meals prepared by gourmet chefs, complete with wine pairings.
Norah Jones, "Day Breaks" (Blue Note Records)
Fourteen years later, we're still a deeply polarized nation. Those who loved Norah Jones' breakout debut album, "Come Away With Me," will enjoy "Day Breaks." It's music for the coffeehouse crowd that prefers songs sung in an indoor voice.