There are fans, and there are fans. And then, there are the Arkansas Girls.
Or, perhaps more appropriately (and to quote their now famous sign), there are the “Arkansas Girls Who (HEART) Crazy Horse.”
For anyone who followed Neil Young & Crazy Horse during last fall’s Alchemy Tour as it made its way across North America, you might have even seen the Arkansas Girls (a.k.a. Sandy and Tami) at one or more of the shows.
They followed the tour through a number of cities, hitting shows at Red Rocks in Colorado, as well as Tulsa (where, unfortunately, they also hit upon a short stretch of bad luck) and Seattle (where we were quite pleased to have met and hung out with the AK Gals ourselves).
But for those of you didn’t make any of those shows, the Arkansas Girls exploits on the Twisted Road of Alchemy, have long since become well documented within the more tight-knit circles of the Neil Young fan community.
Sites like Thrashers Wheat as well as the Rusties facebook group have both reported on some of the Arkansas Girls more memorable road stories. But the one common factor that followed the Arkansas Girls everywhere they went was that sign. You simply couldn’t miss it.
For the Arkansas Girls, the fairytale ending to their 2012 Crazy Horse story, finally came during the Alchemy tour stop in Fairfax, VA. That night, the Arkansas Girls were rewarded with a rare acknowledgment from the Patriot Center stage by Neil Young himself (see video below):
So what does all that have to do with this weekend?
For those not already in the know, Thrashers Wheat Radio is already considered required listening for serious Rusties anyway. Hosted by the same Neil Young fanatic who produces what is arguably the best resource for Neil Young news on the web (the great Thrashers Wheat website), the ubiquitously named “Thrasher” also penned the forward for our Neil Young FAQ book last year.
But this Saturday’s show promises to be even better than usual, when Sandy and Tami share their remarkable roadtrip tale of attending multiple Neil Young and Crazy Horse concert’s last fall.