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Old Ways

Prairie Wind
The Harvest Trilogy
Neil Young
Harvest Moon
Prairie Wind
Heart of Gold
At The Ryman
Old Ways
Four Strong Winds


Old Ways 1985
Geffen GHS 24068 1985

Produced by:
Neil Young, Ben Keith, and David Briggs except
"Are There Any More Real Cowboys?"
"California Sunset" by Neil Young, Elliot Mazer,
 David Briggs, and Ben Keith
"My Boy" by Neil Young, Elliot Mazer, and David Briggs

Neil Young
: vocals, guitars, harmonica, banjo
Waylon Jennings: electric guitar, vocals
Willie Nelson: vocals, acoustic guitar
Rufus Thibodeaux: fiddle
Ben Keith: dobro, steel guitar
Tim Drummond: bass
Karl Himmel: drums
Joe Allen: bass (electric & upright)
Ralph Mooney: steel guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins: piano
Gordon Terry: fiddle
Joe Osborne: bass
Anthony Crawford: mandolin, vocals
Terry McMillan: harmonica, jew's harp
Bela Fleck: banjo
Bobby Thompson: banjo
David Kirby: acoustic guitar
Grant Boatwright: acoustic guitar
Johnny Christopher: acoustic guitar
Ray Edenton: acoustic guitar
Gove Scrivenor: auto harp
Farrell Morris: percussion
Marty Stuart: mandolin
Carl Gorodetzky: violin
Spooner Oldham: piano
Larry Byrom: vocals
Rick Palombi: vocals
Doana Cooper: vocals
Denise Draper: vocals

Song Credits
All songs written by Neil Young except for "The Wayward Wind", which was written by Stan Lebowsky and Herbert Newman [DGS].

This is Neil Young's "country" album. Some of his other stuff could be called near-country, but this is pure country. Neil and the International Harvesters (his backup band) performed several of these songs on their 1984 tour (the period in which Neil was unable to record due to litigation with Geffen Records).

Neil refers to this album as Old Ways II. He calls a rejected 1983 album he turned into Geffen Records Old Ways I.

"California Sunset" is from a performance recorded for the US public television show "Austin City Limits" on September 25, 1984.[DGS].

"The Wayward Wind" is something of a country standard and has been recorded by Patsy Cline, among others [DGS].

There are several familiar names in the musician's list. Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Bela Fleck are well known for their solo work. Ben Keith and Tim Drummond have appeared on several other Neil Young albums.

Waylon Jennings later recorded a cover version of "Are There Any More Real Cowboys?".


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one of the premiere
banjo players in the world.
Others claim that Béla has
virtually reinvented the image
and the sound of the banjo
through a remarkable performing
and recording career that has taken
him all over the musical map and on
a range of solo projects
and collaborations

1937 - 2002
From Littlefield,
Texas to Buddy Holly's
protégé to becoming
the first country singer
to sell a million records

originally from Abbott, Texas.
He reached his greatest fame
during the outlaw country
movement of the 1970s,
though he had already
become famous as a 1960s

As a studio musician,
Oldham spent significant
periods of his career working
in Muscle Shoals, Memphis,
Nashville and California.
Oldham's sparse keyboard
performances can be heard 
on many recordings

success proves the
difficulty of gauging a
career in charts alone.
He has made lasting
music as a front man
and in collaboration with
virtually every major roots
music figure of his era

1934 - 2005
one of the great Cajun
and Country fiddle players

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