Rockin’ in the free world once again! Neil Young and Crazy Horse are “about to enter the studio with 11 new ones,” according to a post by Young on the Neil Young Archives website.
The band hasn’t recorded a new album since 2012’s Psychedelic Pill (although Young consistently releases old recordings via the archive). After a few years of inactivity, Crazy Horse reunited last year for a low-profile tour of California. Presumably, this new record is the product of the band’s most recent stint together.
The album will feature Nils Lofgren on guitar, who played with Crazy Horse in 1971-1973 and again on their 2018 tour. It will be the group’s first recording without guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro since Sampedro joined the band in 1975.
“I’m 70 and I’m retired now and want to stay home,” Sampedro recently told Uncut. “People say, ‘Isn’t it sad you’re not in Crazy Horse?’ I don’t think of it that way. I’ll always be in Crazy Horse. I’m as big a part of Crazy Horse as anyone that’s ever been in it.”
Young didn’t give a timeline for the album, but his touring schedule with backing band The Promise of the Real will likely prevent Crazy Horse from entering the studio any time before July. Still, it’s encouraging to know new Crazy Horse is on the horizon!