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Neil Young & Crazy Horse Release Documentary About The Making Of Their New Album 'BARN'

Neil Young has announced an intimate behind-the-scenes documentary film to accompany his upcoming album BARN, the latest collaboration between the legendary songwriter and his frequent musical co-conspirators Crazy Horse.

The film, also called BARN, played in select theatres across North America December 9-11th. It will also be released as part of the deluxe edition of the album, and was via stand-alone Blu-Ray on December 10 exclusively through The Greedy Hand Store at Neil Young Archives. The BARN film premiered exclusively on AARP Members Only Access on demand on December 10th and continues through January 10th. On December 17th BARN will screen on AARP’s Music For Grownups platform.

The documentary provides an unprecedented glimpse into Young and the Horse’s creative process, as they took to tape in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains during the Covid-19 pandemic. Kicking off with a note of gratitude from Young (“I’m so glad we’re fuckin’ here!”), the trailer shows what things were like as the legendary band got back into their element, in the wild, making music in a restored, 19th-century log barn under a full, glowing moon. The film captures the group—a 50-year-old musical family that includes, Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Nils Lofgren —building the powerful new record, but also their easy humour and enduring brotherhood.

Filmmaker dhlovelife describes the BARN film this way: “A documentary of the making of Neil Young and Crazy Horse recording BARN the album. BARN captures this legendary band in their element, in the wild, as they make music in a restored 19th century log barn under the full moon. Neil and the horse are a 50-year-old musical family and BARN catches a rare intimate glimpse of their easy humour, their brotherhood, and of course their music, created live, in their own unique spontaneous way.”

BARN was produced and mixed by Young and Niko Bolas (aka The Volume Dealers) and mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood. The album will be available on vinyl, CD, cassette, Deluxe Edition (LP, CD, BD plus a set of six prints) and digital at Neil Young Archives (NYA). Labeled “a revolution in fandom” by The Guardian, NYA was the first totally immersive fan-experience website and remains the only portal for all things Neil. Only at NYA can you find Young’s music in the highest possible digital audio resolution alongside a seemingly infinite store of archival files. It is also the home of Young’s virtual daily newspaper, The Times Contrarian, and The Hearse Theatre, where you can see rare footage and stream live shows. NYA is a fittingly sprawling repository for Young; few artists—perhaps none—have explored such a vast spectrum of sounds and styles over more than half a century.

The latest track from BARN “Welcome Back,” was released Friday December 3rd on all digital platform’s and on hi-res digital audio via Xstream through NYA.


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