Not wasted on the way
Musician talks about song genesis, war music and why Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young will never play another note together
Graham Nash talks about 50 years making music and why CSNY will never play together again.
During a fairly short conversation, Graham Nash on three occasions says, “Let me tell you a little about that … ,” which is something a seasoned storyteller says. He also repeats another phrase a lot: “The truth is … .”
Unlike several of the musicians with whom he’s associated because of his 50-plus years making popular music, Nash isn’t reserved or reticent or interested in establishing any sort of mystique.
Ask about a song about Joni Mitchell, and he’ll discuss that song about Joni Mitchell. Ask about the status of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and he’ll frankly inform that the members aren’t likely to get back together.
Nash is touring behind a new anthology, “Over the Years,” which pulls songs from throughout his career. The album includes the songs you’d expect (“Marakesh Express,” “Teach Your Children,” “Our House”), but Nash also released his original demos of the songs, which are intriguing, as they present the tunes without the harmonies.
Ahead of his Thursday concert at the Dosey Doe, Nash talked about
David Crosby, left, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills perform at the Big Sur Folk Festival in 1969.