Neil Young Heads to "Prairie"

Rock vet readying new album for September

July 22, 2005 12:00 AM ET

Neil Young's Prairie Wind will hit stores September 20th. The album -- his first since suffering a brain aneurysm in March -- will feature long-time collaborators keyboardist Spooner Oldham, pedal steel guitarist Ben Keith and drummer Carl Himmel.

Young is laying the recording process bare by releasing the album as a CD/DVD. "The DVD shows us recording the whole record," he writes in a post on his Web site. "Every note you hear, you see!" Young also promises that the elusive Archives, Volume 1, a long-promised and exhaustive document of his career, "will follow."

The rock legend will be the focus of Jonathan Demme's cameras next month, as the Silence of the Lambs director adds a Young gem to his collection of music-related films, ranging from Stop Making Sense (Talking Heads) to Storefront Hitchcock (Robyn Hitchcock). The movie will feature Young's August performances at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

Alongside Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, Young is also set to make his annual appearance at Farm Aid on September 18th at the Tweeter Center in Tinley Park, Illinois.

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