David Crosby, Lighthouse

David Crosby announces his new album Lighthouse, out October 21st on GroundUP Music/Verve Label Group. The very skilful record is an intimate, stripped-down set that highlights Crosby’s instantly recognizable voice, incisive songwriting, and incomparable guitar work. The palpable joy in the 9-song collection captures the iconic artist in an unexpected burst of inspiration. “To create brand new music that I’m excited about is a pearl beyond price,” says the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

Lighthouse features a rare economy of sound, filled primarily by Crosby’s voice and guitars, and Michael League of Snarky Puppy’s skillful production. There’s a sparse, unvarnished quality to the tracks that allows the songs breathing room and for the full emotional weight of the lyrics to emerge, unencumbered by extraneous instrumentation.

On album opener, “Things We Do For Love,” written for his wife of nearly 40-years Jan, Crosby’s vocals show a poetic tenderness. On “Paint You A Picture,” a cinematic tale of romantic regret co-written with Marc Cohn (“Walking In Memphis”), they are filled with remorseful resignation. The longtime social activist lands his political punches as he bitingly condemns the craven politicians who send other people’s children to war on “Somebody Other Than You,” and compassionately reminds us that we are all the same on “Look In Their Eyes,” a poignant tale about immigration inspired by the Syrian refugee crisis.

Listen to “Things We Do For Love” here.

CSNY 1974

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Announce The Release Of CSNY 1974 – The Long Awaited Boxed Set With 40 Live Tracks, All Previously Unreleased, From Their Historic 1974 Summer Tour 40 Years Ago.

Several Versions Will Be Available July 7/8 From CSNY & Rhino, Including Previously Unreleased Concert Footage, And A Limited Edition Set Presented In A Custom Wood Box.

Pre-order the Pure Audio Blu-ray/DVD set here

Long May You Run – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

I have seen various combinations of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Live!

1) It started with Neil Young for free at the Oakdale in Wallingford, Ct.

The first act was the play Greendale. Then Neil Young & Crazy Horse rocked the house with a live set that had my blood pumping for more.

2) The next concert event was Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Freedom Tour at Mohegan Sun. It was all about Living With War as the centerpiece of that memorable evening.

3) The next combination was David Crosby & Graham Nash in Stamford, Ct. This  was broadcast live from The Palace Theater over HDnet. It was also captured on audio and DVD. I loved having seen a concert live that was done that way, very well staged, with impeccable timing and polished performances.

4) We next saw Crosby, Stills and Nash open for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers in Hartford at the Comcast Theatre outside from the lawn on the hill. Great to see them under the stars at night.

5) The next event was Stephen Stills for free at the Wolf’s Den at Mohegan Sun Casino. Impressive solo concert by Mr. Stills.

6) The latest concert was Neil Young & Crazy Horse at the Webster in Bridgeport, Ct. in late 2012. The Patti Smith opened for them. That evening was filmed for a future audio and DVD experience 😉

So the last two options remaining are for us to see Graham Nash and David Crosby as individual solo artists and Stephen Stills and Neil Young together.

I love these guys. They are peace, harmony, folk and universal love.

Long May You Run, one and all!

 

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Croz

Sitting about this day, listening to and thinking about influential artists. The music of our heart turns to the insightful voice of David Crosby. Very soon now, January 28th to be precise, David Crosby will release his first solo album in 20 years, Croz on Blue Castle Records. It is available as a pre-order on Audio CD and Vinyl on Amazon.

The first track has been jettisoned, “What’s Broken” is up on SoundCloud. 

Written by Crosby’s musician/producer son James Raymond, it channels the jazz haze and beatific/melancholic gleam of the best of his dad’s inimitable work, interweaving allusions to a personality type, “dodging kindness like golden arrows”, who seems somehow rather familiar. A collaborating Mark Knopfler plays guitar gorgeously and Crosby sings like a dream.

David Crosby will be touring in January and February 2014 in support of Croz. 

New Documentary about Gene Clark (The Byrds)

The ByrdsGene Clark is the subject of a new documentary, due for release this November.

The Byrd Who Flew Alone, The Triumphs And Tragedy Of Gene Clark includes new interviews with friends and former colleagues including David Crosby, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, alongside previously unseen archive footage. The documentary will be released on November 1 through Four Sun Productions.

The Byrds-Roger McGuinn,Chris Hillman,Michael Clarke,Gene Clark,David Crosby(Victor Blackman/Hulton Archive)

David Crosby, New Solo Album , CSNY Live Album, etc.

I just read a well articulated article in Rolling Stone Magazine about David Crosby. He is working on a new solo album that I can’t wait to hear. I love the flow of this article, especially the sentiments that David Crosby shares with Andy Greene, Associate Editor of Rolling Stone about the CSNY live album due out this year and Neil Young’s muse.

I have happily fallen back in league with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young the past 10 years, having seen Neil Young (twice), CSN, CSNY, Nash and Crosby, and Stephen Stills live in concert during that time. I especially loved the feelings expressed and felt at the Freedom of Speech, CSNY tour in 2006 at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena.

David Crosby Solo Album

This will be his first solo album since 1993’s Thousand Roads. “Nobody really makes a true solo album,” he says. “This one involves my son James quite a bit. He co-produced it, sang on it, arranged and wrote the songs with me. My friend Marcus Eaton also plays guitar and sings a lot of harmonies on it. It’s different from anything I’ve ever done. I’ve always wanted to hear the band instrumentals in the same kind of place where I wanted the vocals. I wanted to make something experimental and out there, and this time I got it. I think I’m going to call it Dangerous Night.”

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David on Neil Young

I have so much respect for Neil because he always follows his muse. It’s often counter to what I want, because I want to work with him. But I also want him to follow his muse. I want him playing music that excites him right that minute. And if that includes me, that’s wonderful. If it doesn’t, that’s wonderful too. He’s still making great music and still tries to push the envelope.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/david-crosby-talks-new-solo-album-hopes-for-csny-reunion-tour-20130822#ixzz2ckEhxymg  Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook

Addendum: David Crosby has revealed details of his forthcoming album on Twitter.
Read more at http://www.uncut.co.uk/david-crosby-reveals-new-album-details-on-twitter-news#TmEBiyd2JvPMPuWt.99

The Byrds

Uncut Magazine, Take 186, November 2012

This month’s issue has a centerpiece story about The Byrds and their 1968 recording The Notorious Byrd Brothers. We learn how  the original group transformed, well actually imploded during the recording sessions at the end of 1967. It begins with Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman firing David Crosby at his home (October 1967). Michael Clarke (drummer) and Gene Clark (singer-songwriter) leaving during mid-recording.

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The Notorious Byrd Brothers ended the period of psychedelic experimentation and pushed The Byrds to develop the ground breaking country-rock album Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Gram Parsons joins The Byrds and the next phase  of their evolution takes flight.

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CSN 2012

Crosby, Stills and Nash are incorporating multimedia more by filming their live concerts. Last month they released, CSN 2012 on DVD/CD and Blu-Ray/CD. I’m thinking the positive results Crosby-Nash achieved with their Crosby-Nash: In Concert (which we saw filmed) prompted CSN to release more concert video packaging.

I have seen various permeation’s of the band, hybrid and solo over the years,  Crosby, Stills and Nash, Crosby-Nash, Stephen Stills, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Neil Young (with Crazy Horse). Each was an exciting and warm experience. I just love how soothing their harmonies are.

I float back in time to 1969 when the folk rock supergroup first appeared. Their classic first album has never been bettered

I’m thankful for a recorded concert of Crosby, Stills and Nash from their 2012 tour. When I want to hear and see them live again they are as close as my video entertainment system. 🙂

Jefferson Starship – Blows Against The Empire

When I think of the music of Jefferson Starship, I am transported back to their premier recording, Blows Against the Empire (November, 1970). It echoes in my head and heart with a unique resonance these many years later.

I especially love the track, “Have You Seen The Stars Tonite”. I can visualize being on a deck in outer space, looking up through a clear glass ceiling floating amidst the stars.

Blows Against The Empire is an amazing blend of science fiction combined with a rich textured musical synergy. One can only imagine what life was like back then in the canyons above San Francisco as members of Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Quicksilver Messenger Service and friends communed and recorded together.

This amalgam of musicians became known as the Planet Earth Rock and Roll Empire.

I purchased today from the Planet Earth Rock and Roll Store the 3 CD set that includes the Blows Against The Empire deluxe edition, the Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra CD (the sequel to Blows…) and the bonus Perro CD. When I have received these items and digested the music I will write an update blog post.

(Thanks to Wikipedia for the following information and for continually providing a great backdrop of music encyclopedia knowledge for research and blogging purposes.)

  • Paul Kantner – vocals, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, banjo, bass machine
  • Grace Slick – piano, vocals
  • Jerry Garcia – banjo on “Let’s Go Together”, pedal steel guitar on “Have You Seen the Stars Tonite”, sound effects and vocals on “XM”, lead guitar on “Starship”
  • Bill Kreutzmann – drums on “Let’s Go Together”
  • Mickey Hart – percussion on “Have You Seen the Stars Tonite”, sound effects and vocals on “XM”
  • Joey Covington – drums and vocals on “Mau Mau”, congas on “Hijack”
  • Jack Casady – bass on “A Child Is Coming” and “Sunrise”
  • David Crosby – vocals and guitar on “A Child Is Coming” and “Have You Seen the Stars Tonite”, background vocals on “Starship”
  • Graham Nash – congas on “Hijack”, sound effects on “Home”, background vocals on “Starship”
  • David Freiberg – background vocals on “Starship”
  • Harvey Brooks – bass on “Starship”
  • Peter Kaukonen – lead guitar on “Mau Mau”
  • Phill Sawyer – sound effects on “Home” and “XM”
Year Title Chart positions Certification
US
1970 Blows Against the Empire by Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship 20 Gold (RIAA)
1971 If I Could Only Remember My Name by David Crosby 12 Gold (RIAA)
Songs for Beginners by Graham Nash 15 Gold (RIAA)
Sunfighter by Paul Kantner and Grace Slick 89
1972 Graham Nash David Crosby by Graham Nash and David Crosby 4 Gold (RIAA)
Rolling Thunder by Mickey Hart 190
1973 Baron von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun by Paul KantnerGrace Slick, and David Freiberg 120
1983 Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra by Paul Kantner

Occupy This Album, Music Unites Us

In the spirit of  solidarity I proudly share that music artists unite for a major common cause once more. This time it is for the worthy cause of Occupy and Occupy Wall Street. Some legendary names in music and art are voicing their support for the Occupy movement, with a music compilation record called Occupy This Album. 

 

 

 

The environmentally-friendly digital release will feature David Crosby, Graham NashJackson Browne, Devo, Third Eye Blind, Ya Lo Tengo, Lloyd Cole, Pete Seeger, The Guthrie Family,  Toots and the Maytals, and filmmaker/activist Michael Moore, the producers said in a press release. Michael Moore singing, this is a first 😉

The album was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement and will “provide an anthem and rallying cry for the protesters involved in the uprising,” producers say.

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https://www.facebook.com/MusicForOccupy

Producers of the album say all the proceeds will benefit the Occupy movement. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Occupy Wall Street General Fund. The other half of money generated will be distributed evenly among the major occupations across the country, according to Jason Samel of Music for Occupy, who is producing the album.  They hope to raise anywhere from $1-3 million dollars with this recording.

I plan to buy a copy and I hope you will too!!!

“The Occupation movement is really the voice of the people, it’s an idea that’s been a long time coming. I fully support their non-violent protests against a system that is carefully crafted in favor of the rich one percent,” Nash is quoted as saying.

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