When Neil Young began playing nine new songs a night towards the end of his 2008 tour it became apparent a new album was in the works. Today it was confirmed that Fork in the Road, a theme record about Young's Linc Volt electric car project, will come out April 7th. The title track was turned into a hilarious YouTube video earlier this year. The only previously unheard song is "Johnny Magic," a loving tribute to Jonathan Goodwin, who is Young's partner in the Linc Volt project. Young has spent significant amounts of time working with Goodwin at his Wichita Kansas garage over the past year. Goodwin, known as the "motorhead messiah," is one of the worlds preeminent electric car experts, and has little interest in his partner's other career. "For the first month I thought he was Neil Diamond," Goodwin told Rolling Stone last year. "I guess he is another singer. My wife told me 'That's Neil Young. He sings the older songs.' To this day I've never listened to any of his music."
The album was recorded with Young's touring band, which includes Ben Keith (pedal steel guitar, keyboards), Chad Cromwell (drums), Rick Rosas (bass), Pegi Young (vocals) and Anthony Crawford (vocals, guitar). They just wrapped up an Australian tour and are headed to Canada and Europe later in the year.
Here's the track listing:
"When Worlds Collide"
"Just Singing A Song"
"Cough Up The Bucks"
"Get Behind The Wheel"
"Off The Road"
"Hit The Road"
"Light A Candle"
"Fork In The Road"
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