Neil Young – Oh Susannah and Shepard Fairey

From Morning Becomes Eclectic producer Ariana Morgenstern:

It’s no secret here at KCRW that I am a HUGE Neil Young fan. Any chance to talk to him about his work is exciting, but being that his new album “Americana” is his first recording in 7 years with his band Crazy Horse, I was extra excited to hear all about it.

Jason Bentley will air an interview with him on Morning Becomes Eclectic tomorrow (Tues, June 5) at 11:15am where he talks about how the band came back together and what it was like in the studio during the sessions.

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on that record and I instantly fell in love with it when I did. The band puts traditional songs through their paces, breathing new life and new meaning to songs we’ve grown up with.

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Always the collaborator, Young asked Shepherd Fairey to interpret songs from the album with his unique visual style. Some of those paintings will accompany him on the road providing a backdrop on stage and I got to see them myself this past Saturday, where I also got to meet my guitar hero!

Their collaboration was a labor of love for both of them and you can see the exhibit at the Perry Rubenstein Gallery through July 14.

You can also watch a 40-minute film about ‘Americana” on Neil’s website and see some photos of the exhibit below.

— Ariana Morgenstern

Ariana and her sister Andrea with Neil Young