News of the sessions was confirmed by Young‘s sometime Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young bandmate David Crosby, who also said he’d offered to help out on the record if needed.
“Neil told me last week that he was having a great time talking music with him [Lanois] and just relating to him,” Crosby told Rolling Stone. “I said to him: ‘If you want a harmony, I’m volunteering.’ He said: ‘You know, if I need one you’ll be the first guy I call.’ “
Speaking of what he thinks the album might sound like, Crosby said: “I suspect this will be a very heartfelt record. I expect it will be a very special record.”
Crosby went on to praise Young‘s ability to hold a crowd at his solo shows, recounting a time that he and Bob Dylan stood “mesmerised” in the crowd.
“He does that [solo acoustic] thing probably better than anybody,” he said. “One of my most favourite concerts of his was him at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. He had a circle of his guitars around him and a chair, and he walked out there and sang. It was mesmerising.”
Young‘s latest album, ‘Fork In The Road’, was released last year.