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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Manassas – Stephen Stills and Friends


Rolling Stone Magazine posed the weekend question yesterday, What is your favorite double album? My answer was The Beatles (album), a.k.a. The White Album. 


I have added thoughts about other favorite double albums in my collection. The album Manassas from Stephen Still‘s band in the early 70s plays strongly in the music of our heart.



I’ve always found Manassas to be a pleasurable, well-flowing recording. What I love the most about Manassas is how the music gels as the four sides play out. The assembled musicians follow each other in a natural groove that builds into polyrhythms that envelop the listener.


Manassas has been relegated over time to the status of an overlooked and forgotten album in the annals of rock. The band was an intuitive, collaborative nucleus who knitted together cohesive sound. Along with the band members listed on the début album cover above, added people included Byron Berline (fiddle), Bill Wyman (bass) and Jerry Garcia (pedal steel guitar). Bill Wyman was reported as saying that he would have left the Stones to join Manassas.


I found an interesting video segment of Manassas on YouTube. Like many of the 70’s videos I have watched it was filmed and broadcast on Beat-Club for German television. It has held up well over time capturing the band live before Manassas was released in April 1972. I like witnessing Chris Hillman playing guitar and sharing vocals with Stephen Stills. There is a magic between that works effectively. My favorite song by Manassas is, “It Doesn’t Matter” which appears on the video.






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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 Rides Featuring: Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg

The Rides was formed by the well-known trio of musicians, Stephen Stills. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Barry Goldberg. Elliott Roberts who manages Neil Young also manages Stills and Goldberg and suggested they get together and record.

The trio’s new band is further powered by the dynamic rhythm section of bassist Kevin McCormick and Shepherd’s longtime drummer Chris Layton (a veteran of the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble).

The recording Can’t Get Enough was inspired by the 1968 alliance with Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper. The Super Session album featured Stills’ guitar work on one side, and Bloomfield’s on the other. It just so happens that Barry Goldberg played piano on side one of Super Session with Bloomfield and Kooper (Tracks:Albert’s Shuffle and Stop).

Stills dubs this collaboration as “the blues band of my dreams”

The album was produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads fame.

The Rides are slated to release their début album, Can’t Get Enough, on August 26 through Provogue Records. There are tour plans but nothing is available as of this writing.  I’d love to see them live 🙂

Memories of Poco and Pete Fornatale

The country rock group, Poco began due to the demise of Buffalo Springfield in 1968. Buffalo Springfield gave us Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, and Jim Messina. Buffalo Springfield was the roots foundation for spawning  Crosby, Stills, Nash & YoungPoco, as well as popular acts Loggins and Messina and Crazy Horse.

Richie Furay and Jim Messina originally formed Poco in 1968, releasing their first album Pick Up The Pieces, in 1969.

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I caught on fully to Poco due to the love Pete Fornatale of WNEW-FM 102.7 NY City had for the group. Pete was totally passionate about Poco. He played their music on the air deep from the music of his heart. Richie Furay wrote a very loving testimony to Pete Fornatale on his Web site, “Pete Fornatale-My Friend”

Pete Fornatale was directly responsible for my decision to get concert tickets for Poco and Buddy Mile Express at Fairfield University on December 6, 1970. Poco proved to be an exhilarating live act. I found them to be great musicians, wonderful harmonies. I saw the nucleus of Poco musicians listed below.  Jim Messina had left Poco in October 1970. I was very impressed with Timothy B. Schmitt on bass and vocals, little did I realize he would become an integral member of The Eagles in 1977, again replacing Randy Meisner. What I loved about Poco’s sound was the rich vocals set against the electrifying pedal steel guitar of Rusty Young.

The second Poco was out then, Poco. 

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  • Richie Furay – guitars, vocals
  • Paul Cotton – guitars, vocals
  • Rusty Young – pedal steel guitar, banjo, Dobro
  • Timothy B. Schmit – bass, harmonica, vocals
  • George Grantham – drums, vocals

Poco would soon release Deliverin’ on January 13, 1971, their first live album. It was exciting to have a live recording of Poco’s so close to seeing them live in concert the month before 🙂

Pete Fornatale wrote the liner notes. I just pulled that vinyl LP from my collection and read the liner notes feeling both happy and sad.

Kind Woman (Ritchie Furay)

Kind woman, won’t you love me tonight?

The look in your eyes

Kind woman don’t leave me lonely tonight

Please say it’s all right

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. 🙂

Stephen Stills at Mohegan Sun Wolf Den,October 21, 2011

There is something reassuring about taking a favorite book down from the shelf and getting reacquainted with the pages between the covers.

How well this adage held true when we saw Stephen Stills live at the Wolf Den last night.

I was surprised to learn from a friend of mine that Stephen Stills was playing for free only an hour away from our home. As I told my friend Dave, “You outslutted the concert slut ; with this event”

Stephen Stills appearance was part of the 15th Anniversary celebration events at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville Ct.

Stephen Stills

I had my doubts we would get into the Wolf Den to see an artist of the stature and reputation of Stephen Stills. I felt this because you have to get online early for their shows. It’s a first come, first get basis venue. I expected a long line in place by the time we got to the Wolf Den at 12:45 p.m. (6 hours before they allow an audience in…). Surprisinly there were only 10 people on-line, which we knew could mushroom to 40 as people place hold in line there (a maximum of 4 people as a party per person…) They handed out cards with numbers on them last night as there were lots of dignitaries, “A” listers and high rollers in attendance. This made less “free” seats available. Stephen Stills is the first artist I have ever waited 8 hours to see without a ticket in hopes of getting in…(He did not appear onstage until 8:45 p.m.)

Thankfully we got inside and were given a table about 20 feet from the stage. I have seen Stephen Stills twice before, once in the rafters of Mohegan Sun Casino Arena for the CSNY Freedom of Speech tour (2006) and then with CSN at the Meadowlands in 2010 from the lawn.

Stephen Stills and his band were top-notch. I find Steven Stills to be one of my favorite guitarists to watch. His guitar playing amazed me all night long. He kept his guitar tech busy let me tell you. Stephen Stills played both an acoustic and electric set. My iPhone lost power last night so I was unable to document a set list.

Some of the songs I recall from last night were a wonderful rendition of “Johnny’s Garden” from the first Manassas album. I was entranced with an intriguing interlude of The Beatles, “Within You, Without You“, that fused effortlessly with the Crosby, Stills and Nash classic, “Suite Judy Blue Eyes“. He also played “4+20” from Deja Vue and “Helplessly Hoping” during the acoustic set.

I loved the rendition of “Bluebird” he opened the show with as it rocked so tight. It was really cool to see him on electric piano which is rare.

He ended the evening with a rousing version of “Woodstock” . The encore consisted of “Love the One You’re With” from the Stephen Stills album and then he finished with the Buffalo Springfield gem, “For What It’s Worth”.


Buffalo Springfield Reunion Concerts

Buffalo Springfield (album)
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Last year at Pegi and Neil Young‘s annual Bridge School Benefit we witnessed the reformation of Buffalo Springfield live on stage. The success of that reunion has forged an understanding with original members, Richie Furay, Stephen Stills and Neil Young to take the act on the road. (There will be an extensive fall four-month tour, as I set my radar screen for concerts in my market.). The results of the sound and co-operation are amazingly fresh in sharp contrast to the time that has passed since Buffalo Springfield once existed 43 years ago in 1968. There is something to be said for the continuity of the music of the heart when artists re-establish the foundation of a muse.

Rolling Stone Magazine is serving as a definitive source for information about the Buffalo Springfield reunion and related tour. The publication is providing well written, albeit exciting coverage about this seminal rock and roll band. I refer you to the Buffalo Springfield Launch First Tour in 43 Years article written by David Fricke. From there you can link back to the Bridge School coverage and the February 10th announcement about Buffalo Springfield’s first 11 concert dates.

Bridge School Benefit

Fox Theater, June 1, 2011, Oakland, California

Photo by Jay Blakesberg for RollingStone.com
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