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Fresh Air: Neil Young’s Fascination with ‘Americana’
Americana is the first album from Neil Young & Crazy Horse in nearly nine years. Crazy Horse is Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Poncho Sampedro. Americana is a collection of classic, American folk songs. In their day, some of these may have been referred to as “protest songs,” “murder ballads” or campfire-type songs passed down with universal, relatable tales for everyman. Each of these compositions is very much part of the fabric of our American heritage; the roots of what we think of as “Americana” in cultural terms, using songs as a way of passing along information and documenting our past.