Neil Young confirms Harvest 'more barn' story
Neil Young recalls shouting to his producer that his album Harvest needed "more barn" ambience – from a rowboat in the middle of a lake with Graham Nash
Neil Young has confirmed that he did shout the catchphrase "more barn" from a rowboat in the middle of a lake during a Harvest listening session with singer-songwriter Graham Nash.
The story, which has spanned over four decades, appears in the booklet of Crosby, Stills & Nash's 1991 debut CSN. Nash previously recalled his surprise when he was invited onto a rowboat in the middle of a lake at Young's ranch, south of San Francisco, to listen to his then-upcoming album.
Young tells Huffington Post: "Well it’s funny, it’s just a little thing that happened one day and it keeps growing and getting crazier. But I had the left speaker, big speakers set up in my house with the windows open.
"And I had the PA system – that we used to rehearse and record with in the barn where I recorded Alabama and Words and a couple of other things – playing the right-hand channel.
"So, we were sitting in between them on a little lake and that’s what we were doing."
When asked if he shouted the infamous line, Young replies: "Yeah, I think it was a little house heavy.”
Neil Young is to appear at California's Desert Fest alongside The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Roger Waters this October.
Neil Young tour dates 2016
Jul 04: Helsinki Hartwall Arena, Finland.
Jul 05: Rattwik Dalhalla, Sweden
Jul 07: Stavern Stavernfestivalen, Norway
Jul 09: Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, The Netherlands
Jul 13: Piazzola Sul Brenta Anfiteatro Camerini, Italy
Jul 15: Roma Teatro delle Terme di Caracalla, Italy
Jul 16: Lucca Summer Festival, Italy
Jul 18: Milano Estathé Market Sound, Italy
Jul 20: Leipzig Volkerschlachtdenkmal, Germany
Jul 21: Berlin Waldbuhne, Germany
Jul 23: Klam Burg Clam, Austria
Oct 7-9: Indio Desert Fest, CA