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By Anita Stewart, Tampa Correspondent for Rock at Night and Yes She Rocks
After 36 years of marriage with Neil Young and a very public divorce, Pegi Young’s experiences of love lost and then a resurrection of her own life is a perfect example of triumph in the face of adversity. Her latest album “Raw” tells her story.
Pegi Young spoke with Rock at Night and we chatted at length about this latest album, her fifth one. On this album, she bares her soul. Her and her band co-wrote some of the songs and then threw some covers into the mix; great break-up tunes with sing along hooks that are familiar to most music aficionados of a certain age. For example, the last two songs are two of this writer’s favorites: “These Boots are Made for Walkin’” by Nancy Sinatra and “The Heart of the Matter” by Don Henley (Eagles). Stand out tunes on the album are “Trying to Live My Life Without You” and “Too Little too Late.”
Pegi stated that the songs on “Raw” follow a natural progression and that they tell a story from beginning to end. She has lived the rock and roll stories and tells us the tales through her music. From singing backup with Neil’s band, her involvement with Farm Aid, creating her own music, taking care of her children (and now a new grandchild) and her philanthropic work, Pegi is one of those women that never quits and is driven to give back to her community.
Seeing a lack of adequate and thorough education for differently-abled children when they went in search of alternative education for their own handicapped son, Neil and Pegi founded the Bridge School in 1986. The Bridge School focuses on children with severe physical and speech impairments. Neil and Pegi have dedicated themselves to this cause and the Bridge School Benefit Concert is a huge annual event that they organize and other renowned artists are eager to take part in.
A true renaissance woman and one we can all aspire to, Rock at Night is waiting for even more music from this artist!
Grew up in a rock and roll radio station that her father owned and has a musical family. Spent a few years singing back up. Now sings in the shower! Plays ukulele and hand drums. Loves Alternative to Zydeco. Promotes bands and independent artists through ANITA STEWART PROMOTIONS.Female musicians through YES SHE ROCKS. Writes, fights for a green environment, pure water, clean food. Preparing for retirement. Knits, paints and explores in nature with her camera!