Graham Nash Interview: New Album, Tour, CSN and Neil Young
Graham Nash has a new album titled This Path Tonight and is now on on tour.
Here's an interview with Graham Nash on Yahoo | Music by Jon Wiederhorn:
Nash wrote This Path Tonight with Crosby, Stills & Nash second guitarist Shane Fontayne during a one-month period in 2015 and recorded the 13 songs in just eight days in the studio. Those tunes were pared down from 20 full compositions the pair wrote between CS&N tours. “I had so many songs running around my head driving me crazy and I had to get them out,” Nash says. “I was inspired by my personal life being so chaotic. There was a lot going on within me and major changes that I felt I wanted to write about.Full interview with Graham Nash on Yahoo | Music by Jon Wiederhorn.
That Nash is so upfront about his life and so candid in his lyrics is surprising, because he has cherished his privacy since Crosby, Stills & Nash became popular after the release of their 1969 self-titled debut. Prolific as a songwriter and photographer, but reticent in public, Nash would much rather be an anonymous artist than an attention-seeking celebrity.
“I’ve always tried to remain behind the scenes,” he says. “I like to be invisible. It’s the same approach I’ve taken as a photographer, and it has spilled over into other areas of my life. I’m just not a socially adept person. I do check Instagram, but I’m not on Facebook, I’m not on Twitter. I don’t have enough time for the real friends that I have.”
There’s a good reason Nash is cautious about what he says these days in public and in the press. In September 2014, during an interview for the Ohio Statesman, Nash’s bandmate Crosby called Neil Young’s girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah, a “purely poisonous predator.” The move incensed Young, who told Howard Stern “a [CSN&Y reunion] will never happen. Not in a million years.” Nash, who played 80 shows with Crosby and Stephen Stills last year, won’t say anything specific about Crosby’s comments, but he remains friends with Young and is hopeful that they may work together again.
“I last spoke to Neil [in November] at his [70th] birthday party,” Nash says. “He invited me. Neil has always been very kind to me and very cognizant of the fact that I want to stay focused on the music rather than the personalities involved. I think he invited me to let me know he was still my friend regardless of his relationship with David Crosby.”
As for Crosby, having worked on and off with him since 1968, Nash understands his bandmate’s quirks, but insists the strength of their chemistry far outweighs any tension between them. “The truth is that David and I have been friends for so many years,” Nash says. “Sometimes it’s calm and sometimes it’s chaotic, but it’s life.”
To grease the wheels for the release of This Path Tonight, Nash will launch a tour that stars Jan. 27 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and runs through Feb. 26 in New York City. After the album comes out, Nash will hit the road again, starting in Austin, Texas on May 5 before he heads to the U.K.
“I enjoy playing my songs onstage because I really feel like I’m speaking to a lot of people with my music, and especially with this new album,” Nash says. “I don’t feel like a rock star. I really feel like I am [the same as] everybody. I just happen to make music, and I’ll be creating it until they put me in my grave. I’ll be creating as they close the lid.”
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