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02/04/2010 - Last week’s MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Neil Young in Los Angeles was a joyous occasion, says Andy York, who played guitar on John’s tribute performance of his Farm Aid co-founding partner’s classic “Down By the River.”

“Kenny Aronoff played a cocktail drumkit we brought in from Indianapolis, and Don Was played upright bass and T Bone Burnett played this beautiful electric vibe guitar,” says York. “We rehearsed the song a couple times during soundcheck and it really felt like a band from the first note. It was a blast playing together.”

John, he notes, “sang with the conviction that he’s famous for.”

He adds: “We tried to make the song more spooky even than Neil’s original—with tremelo guitars and the cocktail drums and the upright bass all supporting John’s vocal delivery.”

John was the first performer in an all-star lineup that also included Ozomatli, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Sheryl Crow, Elton J Read More
 
   

 

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