Neil Young Releasing 'Peace Trail' Album in December
Neil Young is not ready to slow down. The 70-year-old rock icon is preparing to release his 38th studio album on December 2 via longtime label Reprise Records. Peace Trail was written and recorded shortly after the release of Young's offbeat Earth live album, which came out in June. The 10-track effort was recorded at Rick Rubin's Shangri-La studios and according to the label is primarily acoustic. The album features session master Jim Keltner on drums and Paul Bushnell on bass, with Young co-producing alongside John Hanlon.
The album is available for pre-order now through Young's website and his online music store PONOMusic; orders include a copy of the album's title track. Young provided a preview of the new work in September when he released a video for "Indian Givers," an anthem in support of those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
The video features footage of some of protesters being arrested interspersed with shots of Young driving in his car. "There's a battle raging on the sacred land/ Our brothers and sisters have to take a stand," he sings on the track where he specifically mentions protester Dale "Happy" American Horse Jr., who was arrested in August for chaining himself to construction equipment. "Against us now for what we all been doing/ On the sacred land there's a battle brewing."
The album will be available on CD, cassette and download with a vinyl version arriving in January. "The album is primarily acoustic and reflects an intimate, sparse approach that draws the listening into the heart of the songs in a personal way," Reprise said in an announcement. "Each song is rich with Young’s typically inviting lyrical expression of his inimitable impassioned and heartfelt life-long humanitarian concerns which remain as topical and timely as ever." Young performed five songs from the album at the recent Desert Trip festival in Indio, California.
Peace Trail track listing:
1. "Peace Trail"
2. "Can't Stop Workin'"
3. "Indian Givers"
4. "Show Me"
5. "Texas Rangers"
6. "Terrorist Suicide Hang Gliders"
7. "John Oaks"
8. "My Pledge"
9. "Glass Accident"
10. "My New Robot"