Mountain Man—the trio of Amelia Meath, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Molly Sarlé— has released Mountain Man Sings Neil Young, featuring its version of “Through My Sails,” from Young’s 1975 album, Zuma, today: October 14, 2020. The song is the latest release in Mountain Man’s series of cover singles, which also includes the band’s versions of the 1848 Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts,” Kacey Musgraves’ “Slow Burn,” Wilco’s “You and I,” John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and the Irving Berlin holiday classic “White Christmas.” This past summer, Nonesuch released Mountain Man’s live album, Look at Me Don’t Look at Me, recorded in November 2018 at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle.
“Neil Young has been a pillar of the soundtrack along the Mountain Man road from Vermont to the windy ocean roads of California,” says the trio. “‘Through My Sails’ is such a gentle secret at the end of Zuma, and it felt immediately natural and right sinking into the harmonies of Neil Young with Crosby, Stills, and Nash.”
Mountain Man’s Nonesuch debut album, Magic Ship, was released in 2018 to critical acclaim. Following their beloved 2010 debut, Made the Harbor, the three musicians went in different directions for several years before they all ended up in North Carolina, spending time together as old friends, and finally reuniting as a band, and recording Magic Ship at Meath’s home studio in Durham. The group toured the US afterward, including a stop in Washington, DC, and a visit to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series