David Crosby is releasing his first new solo album in over 20 years on January 28th, called, Croz. The album was co-produced by Crosby's son keyboardist James Raymond and Daniel Garcia. That same day, Crosby will kick off a five city, dozen date tour over three nights on January 28th at Manhattan's City Winery. The tour -- which will take in stops in Vienna, Virginia; Chicago; and San Francisco -- wraps on February 25th during the third night of Crosby's stand at L.A.'s legendary Troubadour club -- the same venue he first met his Byrds co-founders Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark back in 1964. Crosby's setlist will reach back to his Byrds days up through the present.
Crosby, who's been busy over the past few years touring constantly with Crosby, Stills, & Nash, gave Rolling Stone the back story to the new album, explaining, " I wanted to challenge myself. Most guys my age would have done a covers record or duets on old material. This won't be a huge hit. It'll probably sell nineteen copies. I don't think kids are gonna dig it, but I'm not making it for them. I'm making it for me. I have this stuff that I need to get off my chest. "
Unlike the days of big budget solo deals, Crosby revealed that he operated strictly as an indie artist this time around: " We didn't have any money. None. We could have gone and gotten a deal, but everybody in the music business is very leery about the big companies and what kind of lifespan they might have. Most people are doing it on their own, so that's what we did. "
He spoke about the album's lead track, " What's Broken, " which features Mark Knopfler on guitar: " That was a huge piece of generosity on Mark's part. We sent him the song and he just f***ing killed it. He did me a huge favor and we don't even know each other. He's just brilliant. "
Other guest include Wynton Marsalis -- who recently performed in New York City with CSN -- and offered up his signature trumpet playing on the track " Holding On To Nothing " : " He's a consummate musician. I took a chance and asked him and he just said, 'Yeah, send me the tape.' What he played was just beautiful. He has tone for days. "
David Crosby told us that being a singer-songwriter has allowed him a unique connection to the human race. He told us about the best part of doing what he does: " People come up to me and say, 'Jeez, I don't wanna disturb you, but we conceived our first child to that song, and it means so much to me'. . . 'The reason I bought a sailboat is because 'Wooden Ships' transported me'. . . 'I don't wanna bug you, but, y'know, if I didn't have that first Crosby, Stills, & Nash record to listen to when I was in the 'Nam -- I wouldn't have made it back. It kept my spirits up. Times when nothing else did.' Well (laughs), you gotta live on that stuff, man. That really makes you feel like you have a purpose. There are times when it comes back to you the most astoundingly rewarding ways. And that's probably it, when you know you've touched somebody's life. Or expressed something that really meant something to them. "
JUST ANNOUNCED: David Crosby tour dates (subject to change):
January 28 - New York, NY - City Winery
January 29 - New York, NY - City Winery
January 31 - New York, NY - City Winery
February 3 - Vienna, VA - The Barn
February 4 - Vienna, VA - The Barn
February 8 - Chicago, IL - City Winery
February 9 - Chicago, IL - City Winery
February 20 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
February 21 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
February 23 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
February 24 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
February 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
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