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  • Crosby, Stills and Nash In Concert
    Show Date: August 14, 2012
    Venue: Verizon Theater, Grand Prairie, Texas

    There are few acts that can take several generations at once and induce a group flashback to their favorite times past like Crosby, Stills and Nash.
    And what a flashback it was.

    From the opening of the show with Carry On/Questions to the final encore tune, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, the entire almost three hour show was chock full (twenty-five songs) of musical memories. The multi-generational, sell-out crowd seemed to thoroughly enjoy – and sometimes sing along – with every song on the set list.

    Along with the musical treasure chest of memories, the show had subtle and not so subtle riches and treats. For one, witnessing the contribution of David’s son, James, to both the musician and songwriting of the group was heartwarming on many levels. One only needs to search the internet for the story of David and James’ relationship and how it got to where it is today. It’s worth the effort of searching.

    Second, the show fell on David’s 71st birthday. While the birthday was mentioned early in the first half of the show, “Happy Birthday” wasn’t sung until the group returned to the stage and was led in the song by Graham Nash. I can only imagine what it must feel like to have that song sung to you by 6,300 of your closest and dearest friends.

    Other highlights of the show was great guitar work by Stephen Stills – especially blistering solos on Déjà Vu, and Blue Bird. There were newer and very moving songs like, Radio, written by James Crosby and the protest song, Almost Gone (The Ballad of Bradley Manning), in support of the soldier facing trial for the Wikileaks scandal.
    The audience, at times, spontaneously sang along with the iconic trio on songs like Our House, Teach Your Children and Suite: Judy Blue Eyes. What a tremendous honor – and how flattering – it must be to have thousands of people not only know and love your music but feel compelled from deep within to sing right along with you. But such is the impact that these men have had on several generations.
    It’s Boomerocity’s hope that they continue to impact us for generations to come.

  • crozcoverCroz
    David Crosby
    Label: Blue Castle Records
    Release Date: January 28, 2014
    Review Date: January 26, 2014

    Legendary singer-songwriter David Crosby will release Croz, his first solo album of studio material in 20 years. And let me say it right here, right now: It’s been well worth the wait. In fact, it’s freakin’ amazing!

    Featuring 11 new original songs, Croz is a digital and physical release on Blue Castle Records, the label Crosby co-founded with Graham Nash in 2011; distribution is through ADA. The songs are smooth, captivating and thought provoking – just what you would expect from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

    In support of the release, Crosby and his touring band are performing a series of concert dates in early 2014. The shows will feature repertoire spanning Crosby’s entire career, including songs from Croz and his 1971 solo debut If I Could Only Remember My Name, as well as selections from The Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and his partnership as a duo with Nash. Accompanying Crosby on the road are James Raymond (keyboards), Shane Fontayne (guitar), Kevin McCormick (bass), Steve DiStanislao (drums, percussion), and Marcus Eaton (guitar).

    “I admit I have been lucky, but this tour is really a high point for me,” says David Crosby. “I get to go out and play this record that we have made LIVE: the studio is good but live is even better. I am going to have a blast, and I suspect anyone else who comes to see us will too.”

    David Crosby, James Raymond, and Daniel Garcia produced Croz; and, Crosby and Raymond (David Crosby’s son) co-wrote a number of the songs together. In addition to Crosby’s band, the album features guest players including Wynton Marsalis (Holding On To Nothing), Mark Knopfler (What’s Broken), Leland Sklar (Find A Heart) and Steve Tavaglione (Morning Falling, Find A Heart).

    Crosby is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, inducted with The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash; he is also in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In addition to his solo work, Crosby still tours and records with CSN, CSN&Y, and as a duo with Nash. He has written books— Stand and Be Counted: Making Music, Making History/The Dramatic Story of the Artists and Causes That Changed America, and the autobiographical volumes Long Time Gone and Since Then: How I Survived Everything And Lived To Tell About It.

    www.davidcrosby.com

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    Posted March 2019

    GrahamNash2cropped creditAmyGrantham cropPhoto by Amy GranthamI have often heard it said that the baby boomer generation had the greatest music. I happen to agree wholeheartedly. One of the reasons I feel that way is because of the iconic work by the legendary Graham Nash. Whether it was his work during his time with The Hollies or the prolific period with Crosby, Still, Nash (and, sometimes, Young) or in his various solo pursuits.

    Because Nash was, once again, going to be performing in East Tennessee (this time at Chattanooga’s Walker Theater), I was granted the opportunity to chat with the musical icon about his latest album, Over the Years, and the supporting tour.

    After some small talk about his recent vacation that he just returned from, I mentioned that he was going to be playing in Chattanooga (easy driving distance from me) and that I met with him during his show in Knoxville (even closer to me). He interjected with this neat bit of news:

    “You know, in Knoxville, I was approached

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  • wildtalescoverWild Tales
    Author: Graham Nash
    Publisher: Crown Archetype
    Release Date: September 17, 2013
    Review Date: February 9, 2014


    One can’t reflect on the soundtrack of the sixties and seventies without touching on a few of the over two hundred songs Graham Nash has written. I mean, think about it: The guy wrote huge hits like Marrakesh Express, Teach Your Children and Our House. Those songs (and many, many others) are still enjoying heavy air play on radio and featured in movies and TV. Now, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells his story in Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life.

    I’ve read a lot of rock biographies and memoirs over the years. Some of them are even reviewed here on Boomerocity. Whether by Keith, Clapton or Ronnie, one thing that I’ve noticed is that the ones written from across the pond have their own unique tone, rhythm and flavor that makes them particularly engaging.

    I can now add Wild Tales to that list of very well written autobiographies. One gets the feeling while reading the book that you’re sitting with Nash as he regales you with the stories of his fabled life. The book starts at an interesting part of his life: His visit to the U.S. to meet up with his then lover: Joni Mitchell. Who he met there that night opened the door for the next huge stage of his life and career.

    The book is a treasure chest of rock and roll history. Obviously, you’ll get the inside scoop of all things Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. That’s a given. You’ll also get the scoop about how the Hollies formed as well as his interactions with a virtual who’s who of rock and roll royalty. People like the Beatles and the Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Cass Elliot and others. Then, of course, there’s insight into Woodstock – both the concert and the movie/soundtrack.

    One of my favorite stories in the book is where Nash shares how he and Allan “Clarkie” Clark saw Bill Haley and the Comets in 1957. Think about it: One future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (a double inductee, at that) watching another future Hall of Famer perform and writing about it fifty-six years later. There is something almost mystical and prophetic about that scene. You’ll just have to read the book to see what I mean.

    For business geeks like me, Wild Tales is full of glimpses into the inner workings of some historic deals. Names like Geffen, Ertegun and others are peppered throughout the book and you’ll learn how some of the deals were done. The ultimate in business porn, in my book!

    Whether you’re a casual music fan, a hard-core CSNY fan or a learned musicologist, Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life is a must-have for your personal library.

    Keep up on the latest on Graham Nash by checking out his website: www.grahamnash.com