Not wasted on the way

Mu­si­cian talks about song ge­n­e­sis, war mu­sic and why Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young will never play another note to­gether

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - By An­drew Dansby STAFF WRITER

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

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David Crosby, left, Gra­ham Nash and Stephen Stills per­form at the Big Sur Folk Fes­ti­val in 1969.

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