“I was worried my Magnatone was going to be too much, but Neil’s little Fender Deluxe is loud as f**k. That thing is tiny but mighty”: Micah Nelson is son of Willie Nelson and plays guitar for Neil Young. Here’s what he learned from those elder statesmen

Micah "Particle Kid" Nelson performs in concert with his father Willie Nelson during Farm Aid at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center on September 23, 2023 in Noblesville, Indiana.
(Image credit: Gary Miller/Getty Images)

It’s no surprise that Micah Nelson grew up as a free thinker, given his dad is country renegade Willie Nelson. What’s more, he’s close friends with the ultimate anti-hero of guitar, Neil Young – and now, he’s a member of his iconic band, Crazy Horse.

What led the youngest of the Nelson clan to set aside his utterly abstract yet still guitar-driven project, Particle Kid, and take on the legendary parts of Danny Witten, Nils Lofgren, and Frank ‘Poncho’ Sampedro?

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.