TORONTO — Listen to Neil Young’s new album A Letter Home now — a week before its May 27 release.
A Letter Home features acoustic versions of the Canadian singer’s favourite songs by artists like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen and the Everly Brothers.
It was recorded at Jack White’s studio in Nashville using a 1947 Voice-O-Graph booth.
A Letter Home, released on vinyl in February, will be available as a CD, digital album and as part of a limited edition box set.
The album begins with Young reading a letter to his late mother Edna.
The iconic singer also covers two songs by fellow Canadian Gordon Lightfoot — “If You Could Read My Mind” and “Early Morning Rain.”
“These are songs that resonate with my soul,” Young told Rolling Stone. “These are songs that I truly believe, that I can live in. They are what make me who I am. They are songs that make me feel.”
Young was born in Toronto but started his musical career in Winnipeg, playing in a band called the Squires. He returned to Toronto and developed a career as a folk singer.
Young, 68, lives in California but frequently returns to his native country. In January he sparked debate about Alberta’s oil sands with a four-city Honour the Treaties tour and, last September, he caused a stir when he compared Fort McMurray to Hiroshima.
Here is the track listing for A Letter Home:
A Letter Home intro
Changes (Phil Ochs)
Girl from the North Country (Bob Dylan)
Needle of Death (Bert Jansch)
Early Morning Rain (Gordon Lightfoot)
Crazy (Willie Nelson)
Reason to Believe (Tim Hardin)
On the Road Again (Willie Nelson)
If You Could Read My Mind (Gordon Lightfoot)
Since I Met You Baby (Ivory Joe Hunter)
My Hometown (Bruce Springsteen)
I Wonder If I Care as Much (Don Everly)
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