Neil Young & Jack White Cut A Record Live On The Tonight Show
Neil Young and Jack White brought a Voice-O-Graph recording booth to The Tonight Show to give fans a taste of the recording process for Young’s new album A Letter Home. Young’s performance of Willie Nelson‘s “Crazy” comes ahead of a series of European tour dates in support of the release produced by White, which dropped on vinyl for Record Store Day. The 11-track project includes covers of tracks from Nelson, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Gordon Lightfoot and others. The project is slated for a deluxe box set release on May 27th, featuring vinyl and CD copies of the full release, a documentary about the making of the album and 7 vinyl singles. A Letter Home precedes the release of Young’s highly-anticipated Pono music player. Neil Young discussed the album recorded on the Voice-O-Graph in a recent chat with Billboard:
“It has a real timeless quality,” Young said. “If you didn’t know what it was, you wouldn’t know when it was made. You wouldn’t know if this was an old record of mine or if it was somebody else…which I found to be very fascinating and really refreshing.” What he doesn’t like, however, is people calling it a covers album. “That’s a term I really don’t like, covers,” Young explained. “That misses the point of what the record is. It’s actually more of a piece of performance art. It’s actual songs. It’s actually the performance of a song and the essence of a song. That’s what it’s about.”
Check the footage below to watch Neil Young and Jack White’s throwback recording session on The Tonight Show. Scroll down to check out another treat from his time on stage. Pre-order the A Letter Home LP via neilyoung.warnerreprise.com. Stay tuned for more from The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.