Crazy Horse's Billy Talbot Discusses Band's Possible Future Plans with Neil Young, His New Solo Album
Neil Young & Crazy Horse currently are in the middle of a European tour leg in support of their 2012 album Psychedelic Pill that will wrap up in late August. After that, the band will play a handful of events in North America before wrapping things up at the 2013 Farm Aid festival on September 21 in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Young fans know that the folk-rock legend likes to follow his muse, so it's difficult to predict whether he intends to continue to work with Crazy Horse or if he'll decide to launch a completely different project. Crazy Horse bassist Billy Talbot says he has no idea whether the band will be going on hiatus again after Farm Aid.
"There's nothing planned after that," he tells ABC News Radio. "I imagine that when we get done with all of that, after a while of being off, if we really miss it, we'll get back into doing it some more. If we don't, and if Neil gets into some other thing that he wants to do, then we won't."
The 69-year-old musician adds that he thinks "there's a future for Neil Young and Crazy Horse, like there has been in the past, but…we'll see what unfolds."
Meanwhile, Talbot recently released a new album titled On the Road to Spearfish with his solo group, the Billy Talbot Band. The nine-track studio effort offers a collection of tunes that at times are reminiscent of Young and Crazy Horse's work, with songs combining folk and rock elements and sometimes stretching to epic lengths of more than eight minutes.
Talbot tells ABC News Radio that the concept behind the record was inspired by his time spent traveling to and around a homestead he and his wife own in Spearfish, South Dakota.
"The feeling that is in these songs lent itself to the area really nicely," he explains. "We lived on the prairie, with all this grass and no people, and so, to capture that kind of atmosphere and that feeling was what I wanted to do with the record."
Billy also notes that another inspiration for the album was The Wind, the final release by the late Warren Zevon.
"[I was] really touched by the feeling and the depth of emotion that was in that record," he maintains, adding that he aspired to make an album of his own that was that good.
Talbot acknowledges that he and his solo band members try to incorporate some of the same dynamics Young and Crazy Horse feature in their music, while adding some more eclectic instrumentation. Among the instruments his band mates play on On the Road to Spearfish are saxophone, banjo, trombone, mandolin, harmonica, autoharp and pump organ.
"We're capable of doing a lot, dynamically, in the right setting with good songs," says Talbot. "We don't have to do them just in a certain way, and that's something that I really appreciate and made use of more on this record."
On the Road to Spearfish is available as a digital download via various online music sellers. People who purchase the album also receive videos that the Billy Talbot Band created to accompany each song. You can check out the clips and find out more about the album by visiting BillyTalbot.com.
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