15 great Americana/Country versions of Neil Young songs
Neil Young has always had one foot in the rock camp and one in the country camp, he is one of the true entrepreneurs of country-rock. He has released pure rock albums and equally pure country albums, he has toured with rock bands and he has toured with a country music ensemble.
“I was told that no matter what I did, country radio would not play me, mostly because of my songwriting. I’d put out things like ‘Southern Man’ and ‘Alabama so culturally, they drew the line.” “But while we were not accepted by country radio, we were accepted by country musicians, they all played ‘Southern Man’ with me. They didn’t care. It wasn’t about that.” – Neil Young to Rolling Stone Magazine
I have picked 15 examples of how his songs sounds in a country/americana setting, it sounds right , it sounds natural!
Whitehorse – Winterlong:
Whitehorse covers Neil Young’s “Winterlong” as part of The Road To Massey Hall live album
Over the Rhine – Long May You Run (live 2009):