There's nothing quite like the sight of a legendary curmudgeon tooling about Austin, TX in a green 1959 Lincoln Continental. Green for the Earth, not green in color mind you! Fresh off the news that Young will drop his electric car-themed Fork in the Road in our driver seats April 7, Mr. Young was seen by Billboard reporters at the Four Seasons hotel in downtown Austin. Though the "Old Man" is not scheduled for a SXSW appearance, 'ol Shakey does have a lot to shill.
Firstly, the folk-rock legend's got that top billing at Glastonbury. A new documentary from Heart of Gold-helmer Johnathan Demme called Neil Young's Trunk Show is premiering Saturday at SXSW, and a panel discussion on Young's long-anticipated "Archives" collection is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at the Austin Convention Center. Trunk Show, which is still in post-production, was filmed during two performances at Philadelphia's Tower Theater on December 2007. Fans were apparently advised it was a film project called Chrome Dreams. Young has not been confirmed for either South By Southwest event.
As for the LincVolt Project? The joint effort between Young and biodiesel pioneer Johnathan Goodwin to develop a commercially viable electric power system for automobiles is coming along nicely. According to a March 18 bulletin post entitled "Back to Wichita," the cruiser left Austin and is now "traveling North to Wichita for another round with Jonathan Goodwin at the Lincvolt garage." The big beauty ran like a dream on "the track and highway" but the Lincvolt crew's "main objective is long range and fuel efficiency." Seems the prototype vehicle is up-and-running but stayed tuned. A documentary is planned about the car's innaugral cross-country, gasoline-free road trip to Washington, DC. Expect a song entitled "Drivin' in the Green World" soon. [Billboard]