Ben KEITH – R.I.P.

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E’ morto all’età di 73 anni Ben Keith. Lo straordinario chitarrista del Kentucky ha legato indissolubilmente il suo nome a quello di Neil Young con il quale collabora da ‘Harvest’ e per i successivi 15 album (due live compresi). Tra le sue infinite collaborazioni segnaliamo doverosamente: Terry Reid, Todd Rundgren, Lonnie Mack, The Band, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Paul Butterfield, J. J. Cale, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Ian and Sylvia, Hungry Chuck, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Anne Murray e Ringo Starr. Nel 1995 produce il debutto di Jewel ‘Pieces Of You’ che vende 5 milioni di copie. Nel 2006 eccolo nel “Freedom Of Speech Tour” al fianco di CSN&Y. Neil Young lo aveva “scoperto” durante una reciproca apparizione al Johnny Cash Show. Keith aveva anche realizzato due album solisti a distanza di dieci anni l’uno dall’altro (’84 e ’94). Neil Young lo chiamava “Brother Ben”. Sul sito di Young ecco il ricordo:

“Ben Keith, Neil Young’s long time band mate and friend, has passed away. Ben was 73. Ben Keith, was a multi-talented musician who Neil Young first met in Nashville in February 1971 when Neil was recording the multi-platinum LP Harvest. Legend has it that Neil asked bassist Tim Drummond if he knew any pedal-steel players in town. Tim contacted Ben, who lived in town and off he went to the studio: “I didn’t know who anyone was, so I asked, who’s that guy over there?” and was told “that’s Neil Young”.”

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