Farm Aid is happening on Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium. The annual headliners - Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews - are playing, along with a few special additions to this year's sold-out lineup, including Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and a double shot of pop- and roots-country in Kenny Chesney and Jamey Johnson. Tough guy honytonker Jamey Johnson is not to be confused with surf-rock softie Jack Johnson - though he's also on the bill.
And oh yeah, this time, Young will be backed up by Crazy Horse, the awesomely unkempt lumbering noise-rock band with which he's recorded much of his most epic music. Earlier this year, Young & the Horse released Americana, an album of folk covers, and a double album called Psychedelic Pill is due on Nov. 23.
Though the Farm Aid show is sold out, it will be streamed at FarmAid.org from 8 to 11 p.m. If Young, Jamey Johnson and Nelson's sets aren't included in that time frame, there is no justice. Young will also play in Central Park in New York next Saturday as part of the Global Citizen Festival charity concert. Read more about that here.
In other Young news, the 65 year old rocker's memoir, Waging Heavy Peace, will be published Tuesday. He's also the subject of a lengthy profile in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine section written by David Carr. One quote in particular neatly sums up the crusty, cranky, still creatively thriving Young's personal philosophy: "As long as people don't tell me what to do, there will be no problem."
My review of Young's most recent cinematic collaboration with Jonathan Demme, Journeys, which came put this summer, is here.
If you miss Young's shortened set at Farm Aid tomorrow, never fear. He and the Horse - and his fellow memoirist Patti Smith - play the Wells Fargo Center on Nov. 29.
Below, see 9 minutes of "Down By The River" with Crazy Horse, which is taken from an episode of Austin City Limits in 1984, if the Internet is to be believed.