After meeting producer Elliot Mazer at a party, Young changed his mind and decided to cut an album at Quadraphonic Sound with drummer Kenny Buttrey and bassist Tim Drummond. When a pedal steel was needed, Ben Keith got the call. He subsequently appeared on Journey Through The PastTime Fades AwayOn The BeachTonight's the NightAmerican Stars 'n' BarsComes A TimeHawks 'n' DovesOld WaysFreedomHarvest MoonSilver and GoldPrairie WindChrome Dreams II, and the live Unplugged and Road Rock Vol. 1. That's a fair chunk out of Mr Young's extensive discography.

Actually, subsequently appeared on doesn't do justice to someone who was a key ingredient in the Neil Young sound, playing in almost every non-Crazy Horse tour band, and a close member of Mr Young's inner circle, appearing as Grandpa in the Greendale movie and producing or co-producing American Stars 'n' BarsComes A TimeOld Ways, Harvest Moon and Prairie Wind.

Other session credits include Terry Reid, Todd Rundgren, Lonnie Mack, The Band, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Paul Butterfield, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Ian and Sylvia, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Anne Murray and Ringo Starr. 

Another great one gone...

Need convincing? Find a copy of Harvest and check the opening Out On The Weekend (the woman I’m thinking of/ She loves me all up/ But I’m so down today...)

Some links:

The Cool Groove     Entertainment Weekly     Chart Attack     The Guardian    

Neil Young on playing with country music legends

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