Neil Young attended the Producers and Engineers Wing’s seventh annual Grammy party last Wednesday to accept the President’s Merit Award and took the opportunity to deliver a 15-minute speech in which he announced that his new digital audio player Pono would be launched at SXSW, where he will be the keynote speaker, in March.
“We’re trying to make music sound technically better, and that’s what I want to do,” Young told the audience. “So we have a player that plays whatever the musicians made digitally, and that’s going to come out. We’re announcing that at SXSW, we’re introducing it, it’s called Pono, and that’s my commercial, thank you very much.”
Young added in an interview with Rolling Stone that his new album, A Letter Home, would be released in March.
Jack White’s Third Man Record label site notes that: “An unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever.” There is no mention that the album is the much-rumoured collaboration between Young and White.