Nearly a year after it was scheduled to be released, Neil Young's Silver & Gold
will hit stores on April 25. Last year Young lopped off four songs from the disc -- "Looking Forward," "Slowpoke," "Out of Control," "Queen of Them All" -- and offered them to his buddies in Crosby, Stills and Nash when he re-joined them for Looking Forward
. Young's generosity delayed his own album, but he used the extra time to write new songs as well as polish up an hour-long concert video taped in Austin, Texas, last year during his solo acoustic tour. The video will be released the same day.
On Silver & Gold
, Young will not live up to his "godfather of grunge" nickname. Instead he returns to his folksy roots, recalling 1992's Harvest Moon
and 1978's Comes a Time
. Again, Young has called on his longtime friends and frequent collaborators Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris to croon along with him. Young's label, Reprise Records, said there are no plans at this time for a tour, as he is still on the road with CSN&Y until April 12.
Sources close to Young say that he will appear in Austin, for the annual South by Southwest Conference on Friday, March 17, to preview the movie, jetting in directly after the band's performance in South Carolina the previous night.
Written by JAAN UHELSZKI for RollingStone.com News