Graham Nash admits that he was cautious about allowing Neil Young join Crosby, Stills, & Nash after the release of the group's 1969 self-titled blockbuster debut. Nash, who just published his autobiography, called, Wild Takes: A Rock & Roll Life, spoke to The Huffington Post and recalled that upon hitting the road, CSN needed additional musicians to carry all the parts that Stephen Stills had overdubbed in the studio. When Atlantic Records chief Ahmet Ertegun suggested Stills' estranged partner in Buffalo Springfield, Stills initially balked, but eventually came on board championing Young.
Nash was uneasy with Young suddenly joining the group: "I saw the need for another musician but not necessarily for another voice because four-part is very different from three-part. And I told the boys, "I don't know who this f***er is! I don't know whether I can talk to him, whether he's going to be my friend, I need to talk to this guy before we make this monumental decision." So, as I said in the book, I had breakfast in The Village with Neil and he impressed me greatly with his vision, with what he wanted, with what he thought he could bring to the band, and after that breakfast meeting, as far as I was concerned, he was in."
He went on to shed light on CSNY's legendary unfinished 1974 second album, the infamous collection to be titled after Neil Young's song, Human Highway: "We went to Hawaii all together, Neil had rented this beautiful house on the beach, a big, old, rambling house where the was room for all of us. David had his boat, The Mayan, docked not two hundred yards away in the bay, and we set about rehearsing what was going to be the Human Highway album. . . We rehearsed the entire album, and then, for some reason, and I don't think anyone can remember, maybe Neil, I should ask him, what happened. Why didn't we go straight back into the studio and record this album? It was insane. We ended up not talking to each other, we ended up not making music together and the Human Highway album never got made."
Graham Nash told us he realized the importance of incorporating meaning into his songwriting craft after linking up with David Crosby and Stephen Stills: "I had met David and Steven and I began to realize listening to people like John (Lennon) and Paul (McCartney) and Bob Dylan and stuff like that, it wasn't enough to just Moon, June, screw me in the back of the car-kind of songs. The songs had to move you, and they had to be about something. And they had to be about something relatively important."
Crosby, Stills, & Nash will next perform on October 5th in Bournemouth, England.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young will perform at the 2013 Bridge School Benefit on October 26th and 27th at Mountain View, California's Shoreline Amphitheatre.
Graham Nash tour dates (subject to change):
November 4, 5 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
November 6 - Anaheim, CA - Grove of Anaheim
November 8 - Brooks, CA - Cache Creek Resort Casino
November 9 - Grass Valley, CA - Center For the Arts
November 11 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre
November 13 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's at Jack London Square
November 14 - San Francisco, CA - Yoshi's
November 18 - Palm Desert, CA - McCallum Theatre of the Performing Arts
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