Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Billy Talbot Speaks Out

I don't go to Rolling Stone much these days...if I need a magazine for a long flight maybe, but they seemed to have missed out on most of my generations music as they cling to the old guard while trying to sell copies with teenyboppers on the cover.  Here one of the old guys speaks out (from South Dakota no less). The magazine interviews Billy Talbot, who is the bass player in Crazy Horse and simply one of my favorites because...well he plays so simply.

You can read the full interview here, but I liked this quote:
That first album has really stood the test of time.
Yeah, I think it's really good. I think it's also a reflection of the Rockets. I have to mention all these years later that Danny and I and Ralph and the Whitsell brothers and Bobby Notkoff would play two-chord, three-chord, one-chord jams for a long time. Sometimes an hour. We just naturally did that. Bobby would solo on the violin and George Whitsell would play the heck out of the guitar. So would George Leroy. Danny, Ralph and I would keep the rhythm going.
When Neil called us in to to do "Down By the River," we just went into the instrumental. We just naturally did what we do, and it went for a long time because Danny, Ralph and I would do our natural dynamics. Neil is a very emotional player, like Bobby was and we were, so it really fit together. We all did it together. 
I downloaded that Rockets album a while ago and dug it, it is nowhere near Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, but I think you can hear what Neil was finding in their sound when he saw the fellows and clicked into a glorious musical relationship. I am definitely going to get my hands on Billy's solo disk and give it a review ASAP. Oh and David Crosby can eat a dick, Billy is completely right, it is the music that matters.

Now here is Billy and the boys rocking it all out during "Like A Hurricane" from 1978's Rust Never Sleeps:

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