Watch Neil Young & Promise Of The Real’s 36-Minute ‘Down By The River’

By Scott Bernstein May 4, 2016 1:54 pm PDT

As reported, Neil Young and Promise of The Real opened their Friday night set at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis with a ridiculously long version of “Down By The River.” While initial reports had “Down By The River” surpassing the 40-minute mark it’s actually closer to 36 minutes as we can tell from fan-shot video of the entire jam session that has just surfaced on YouTube.

Neil and his band took the stage at Tom Lee Park accompanied by someone dressed as a farmer who was throwing down what appeared to be seeds both on the stage and into the audience. The group, which features two of Willie Nelson’s sons, start off with walls of feedback before finally starting the recognizable “Down By The River” intro around the six-minute mark. Young and POTR take their time working through each portion of the song with Neil engaging in duels with Lukas Nelson for long periods of time. The last six minutes of “Down By The River” features more feedback as it appeared the band just didn’t want to end the tune. It isn’t until after the 36-minute mark that the musicians stop playing to huddle up about the next song which wound up being “Country Home.”

Watch Neil & POTR’s expansive “Down By The River” in Memphis shot by runme69:


Neil Young + Promise of the Real at Tom Lee Park

  • Down by the River  
  • Country Home  
  • Seed Justice
  • Monsanto Years
  • Western Hero  
  • Out on the Weekend  
  • Are There Any More Real Cowboys?  
  • Someday  
  • Fuckin' Up  
  • Cinnamon Girl  
  • Rockin' in the Free World  
  • Love and Only Love  

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