The Heavy Blinkers share an early morning with Neil Young in Austin.

"I swore to myself that if I ever met Neil Young, I wouldn't talk to him about music. Rather, I would ask him about model trains -- one of his passions," said Jason MacIsaac of Novia Scotia's The Heavy Blinkers (far right), "When the time came, I froze, my mind went blank and I said sheepishly, 'I'm from Canada too,' to which one of his people muttered 'That's what they all say.'" Coffee in hand, MacIsaac and his fellow bandmate ran into Young on a recent morning in Austin at the South By Southwest music fest. The Blinkers are releasing their debut U.S. album, "The Night and I are Still Young," April 4 via Cooking Vinyl.