Neil Young, Jonathan Demme to Film Ryman Concerts

Neil Young and Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme will join forces to film two concerts taking place Aug. 18-19 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Young will perform songs from his new album, Prairie Wind, recorded in Nashville and California. Described as “a moving series of songs reflecting his life’s journey,” the album will be released Sept. 27. For the Ryman concerts, Young will be backed by keyboardist Spooner Oldham, pedal steel guitarist Ben Keith, drummer Chad Cromwell, percussionist Karl Himmel and bassist Rick Rosas. Guest appearances will be made by Emmylou Harris, Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns, the Fisk University Jubilee Singers and Carl Gorodetsky & the Nashville String Machine. Young has recorded frequently in Nashville, including tracks for 1972’s Harvest and 1978’s Comes a Time. Demme, who won an Oscar for The Silence of the Lambs, previously directed the Talking Heads’ concert film, Stop Making Sense.