Mrs. Neil Young makes a name for herself (Created June 13, 2013)
What do you do to carve your own path when you happen to be married to one of the most legendary singers of all time? If you're Pegi Young, who spent a number of years on the road as a backup singer for her husband, you simply take a leap of faith and begin recording your own material.
Easier said then done? Not for Pegi, who made a name for herself as a backup singer for Neil Young, her husband of three decades. But when she stepped out as a solo artist, with a self-titled album that bowed in 2007, she did so with the ease of an industry veteran. And sure, she had a little help from her friends (namely Neil Young on guitar, Marty Stuart on mandolin and The Jordinaires on background vocals), but still delivered a mix of original tunes and inspirited covers.
Pegi's extended family of band and studio musicians included the late Ben Keith, Rick Rosas, Anthony Crawford, Karl Himmel and a number of other prominent musicians. In fact, Keith and others were there to assist on 2010's "Foul Deeds," which featured Pegi's interpretations of songs like Will Jennings' "Pleasing to Me," Lucinda Williams' "Side of the Road," Devendra Banhart's "Body Breaks" and B. Boatman's "Blue Sunday."
Pegi's latest album, 2011's "Bracing for Impact," once again features her recording and touring band, known as The Survivors. This includes Rosas, along with keyboard player Spooner Oldham, guitarist Kelvin Holly, and drummer Phil Jones. Eight of the 11 tracks are originals written by Pegi Young, while her husband penned "Doghouse" and contributes background vocals, electric guitar and harmonica.
Pegi, who continues her career as a singer-songwriter both with the band and by her husband's side, still has some stories to tell and still lives her life on the road. As she tells it, it's her ordinary life mixed with extraordinary moments… and she wouldn't have it any other way.
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