By Greg Cahill
Talk about topical folk music.
“Indian Givers,” the debut single from Neil Young’s upcoming mostly-acoustic CD, lends moral support to the battle at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, where Native Americans, veterans, and other environmentalists are fighting construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in an effort to protect river water.
The album, Peace Trail (Reprise), is scheduled for December 9 release.
Peace Trail features all new songs that Young wrote since the release of his recent album EARTH, and recorded within a short time span. The album is primarily acoustic and reflects an intimate, sparse approach that draws the listener into the heart of the songs in a deeply personal way.
Peace Trail was recorded at Rick Rubin’s Shangri- la Studios and features Young on vocals and guitar, Jim Keltner on drums, and Paul Bushnell on bass. It was produced by Young and John Hanlon, mixed by John Hanlon.
Last month, Young previewed five songs from the album during his performances during the Desert Trip Festival, in Indio, California.