Neil Young has had a storied and prolific musical career over the last 54 years. Whether it has been with Buffalo Springfield, Crazy Horse, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, or his solo work, there is not doubt that he has influenced and inspired generations of musicians and music fans.
The two-time Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame inductee has released over 35 solo studio albums, 7 live albums, 3 greatest hits albums, and a number of live “archived” performances, not to mention the albums he has released with his various bands. He is best known for hits such as “For What It's Worth” (with Buffalo Springfield), “Ohio” (With Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young), “Heart of Gold,” “Cinnamin Girl,” and “Rockin' in the Free World,” among others.
Young began his musical career in his native Canada in the early to mid 1960's, first with his high school band The Squires, then as a songwriter for other musicians. After a short stint in the Mynah Birds, Young moved to Los Angeles and began Buffalo Springfield along with Stephen Stills. After the success of their debut self-titled album and hit single, “For What It's Worth,” the band released two more albums before calling it quits. Young then went solo for a while with Crazy Horse as his back-up band, releasing two albums, Neil Young, and Everybody Knows this is Nowhere. Reuniting with Stills, Young joined up with the already successful Crosby, Stills, and Nash, becoming a full partner for their second album, Deja Vu.
While still working with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Young's solo career took off. His next two records, After the Gold Rush and Harvest, were some of his highest charting of all time. Impressively, he has managed to continue to release a solo album or two, to various levels of chart success, almost every year for the next 44 years.
Young's latest musical endeavor was released in April 2014, a 12'' record titled A Letter Home. The album was recorded at Jack White's (The White Stripes, Dead Weather) Third Man Records, using White's restored 1940s Voice-o-Graph booth. A cover album, Young recorded songs by Bruce Springsteen (“My Hometown”), Bob Dylan (“Girl from the North Country”), Gordon Lightfoot (“Early Morning Rain,” “If I Could Read Your Mind”), The Everly Brothers (“I Wonder If I Care as Much”), and Willie Nelson (“Crazy,” “On the Road Again”), among others. He even demonstrated the booth on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon earlier this year by making a recording of “Crazy” right on the spot. The album charted at number 13 in the United States and 17 in Canada, proving that Young is still relevant to this day.