Neil Young is to make a new album with Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, after releasing two albums in 2014.
The singer-songwriter revealed he’s currently working on the album and suggested possible title ‘The Monsanto Years’.
“I’m working on another album now that I’m going to be doing with Willie Nelson’s sons”, the singer told Rolling Stone. “It’s an upbeat review of the situation”.
Monsanto is the agriculture company Young has been publicly battling for years. The singer boycotted Starbucks last year over the coffee company’s involvement with Monsanto in a lawsuit against the state of Vermont’s new requirements to label genetically modified ingredients.
Though Young didn’t go into any further details about when the album would be completed, he confirmed that he intends on playing music for the foreseeable future. He revealed: “I don’t know much about the future. I want to focus on Pono [Young’s new music player launched earlier this week] and I want to continue playing music. Those two things should keep me pretty busy. I have some film editing and things to do on the side. I’ll probably be writing some more books. I want to keep doing what I do. I’d like to continue doing it for a long time.”
Neil Young’s 34th album, ‘A Letter Home’, was released in March 2014 on Jack White’s Third Man Records label, while a follow-up, titled ‘Storytone’, followed in November of the same year. The singer is due to perform at the pre-Grammy MusiCares tribute to Bob Dylan on February 6 in Los Angeles.
On Wednesday (January 7) Young also launched his much-hyped Pono music player. The device, which according to Young offers high-quality audio and will be capable of storing 1-2,000 high resolution songs, is now available for order online for a price of (£260) and will be delivered to customers in February.
“This is all about making music sound as good as it can,” Young added of the music player. “Music is about having a good time feeling in your soul, whether it makes you laugh or it makes you cry. The mission of Pono is to make you feel as much as you can.”
[article by Nadio Khomami]