NEIL YOUNG’S OLDER BROTHER BOB YOUNG RELEASES FIRST SONG AT AGE 78
Bob Young has never seen much reason to take up songwriting like his little brother Neil. But the upcoming election stirred up enough passion inside the 78-year-old former professional golfer that he picked up a guitar and wrote “Hey America” as a message of love and hope to a wounded nation.
He recorded it with a band he’s dubbed “The Peterboroughs” that includes Neil Young on harmonica and vocals, Mike Belitsky on drums, Travis Good on banjo, Ryan Weber on bass, and Melissa Pyne on fiddle and harmony vocals. READ MORE
HERE’S THE FIRST-EVER SONG FROM NEIL YOUNG’S OLDER BROTHER BOB YOUNG
Out of nowhere, Neil Young’s older brother — 78-year-old Bob Young — has released his first-ever song. The track by the former professional golfer is called “Hey America,” and you can hear his debut now.
The song comes via a video directed by Neil Young, Daryl Hannah and CK Vollick, and it was done alongside a band called the Peterborough. The group features Neil Young on harmonica and vocals, Ryan Weber on bass, and Melissa Pyne on fiddle and harmony vocals, as well as the Sadies’ Mike Belitsky on drums and Travis Good on banjo. READ MORE
BOB YOUNG, OLDER BROTHER TO NEIL, RELEASES FIRST SONG AT 78
Bob Young spent much of his life forging a career as a prominent golfer, but at 78, Neil Young’s brother has released his first song.
Ahead of the U.S. election on Nov. 3, the elder Young has unveiled Hey America, a folk song where he urges the nation to “give love a chance,” saying it’s “the beacon of freedom.”
The song was recorded with a band he’s dubbed “Young Bob & the Peterboroughs,” whose members include Neil Young on harmonica as well as Mike Belitsky and Travis Good of Toronto band the Sadies playing drums and banjo.
Bob Young, a native of Omemee, Ont., outside of Peterborough, is no stranger to the music scene because of his brother, but he built his own name competing in high-profile golf tournaments.
In a statement, Young said he never set out to become a songwriter at this age, but was inspired to put words down after watching U.S. President Donald Trump on TV a couple of years ago.
At the encouragement of a few close friends and family, including his brother’s wife, Daryl Hannah, and Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor, he decided to record the song.
The band also released a video for Hey America, which features a Canadian flag in the background as they perform together.
He says the footage was captured under COVID-19 precautions with some shots edited to make it appear as if Neil Young, who became a dual Canadian-U.S. citizen in January, was singing without a mask beside his bandmates.
This may not be the last song Bob Young releases, as he says he’s penned other music “from the same creative spark.”
THE CANADIAN PRESS