TPAC presents an evening with David Crosby and Graham Nash at War Memorial Auditorium
Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers David Crosby and Graham Nash will perform in Nashville at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3 at War Memorial Auditorium in a concert presented by the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
The local stop on their national tour is a part of the 2007-2008 “TPAC Presents” line-up, an annual series of special engagements featuring internationally known artists.
“An Evening With David Crosby And Graham Nash” offers a rare opportunity to savor an intimate, harmony-heavy experience with two of rock’s most legendary singer-songwriters. The last time David and Graham toured in tandem outside of the larger Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young configurations was early 2005 in Europe (their most recent outing in any grouping was 2006’s nationwide CSN&Y “Freedom Of Speech” tour).
“In terms of atmosphere and near-perfect acoustics, War Memorial Auditorium is absolutely the best place in Nashville and Tennessee for this particular concert. When talent of this magnitude is performing in a hall with a rich recording and concert history in the heart of ‘Music City USA,’ it’s no exaggeration to say that the experience will be legendary,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC’s president and chief executive officer. “David Crosby and Graham Nash are longtime creative partners who greatly influenced American music. The two recorded four albums together, in addition to their collaborations with Stephen Stills and Neil Young. Don’t forget that Crosby was with The Byrds and Nash was one of The Hollies. This will be a fun, memorable—and yes, legendary—evening for the artists and the audience. Early ticket sales are excellent and we expect to sell out in advance.”
David Crosby and Graham Nash will perform a diverse range of memorable songs from throughout their careers, and spotlight selections from albums they’ve recorded together. Their most recent joint release was 2006’s Highlights, an essential single-disc distillation of their sprawling, highly acclaimed 2-CD set, 2004’s Crosby-Nash. Stand-out tracks include “Lay Me Down,” “Milky Way Tonight,” “Grace/Jesus Of Rio” (with guest vocals from James Taylor), “Through Here Quite Often” and “My Country Tis Of Thee,” an elegant acoustic rendition of the anthem that originally debuted on the award-winning TV series The West Wing.
Produced by Nash and Crosby with the father/son team of Russell Kunkel and Nathaniel Kunkel, these recent titles represent Graham and David’s first recordings as a duo since 1976’s Whistling Down The Wire. Their first LP together, 1972’s Crosby & Nash, featuring the hits “Southbound Train” and “Immigration Man,” is regarded as one of the best side projects to emerge from the CSNY sphere. The duo also released 1975’s Wind On The Water and the live gem Another Stoney Evening. Most recently, in addition to Highlights, Graham and David’s famous harmonies graced David Gilmour’s 2006 hit “On An Island,” and they performed with the guitar virtuoso at his 3-night stand at London’s Albert Hall.
David Crosby and Graham Nash first harmonized in 1968, and have never stopped touring and recording together – or pursuing endeavors outside of CSN/CSN&Y. Crosby first rose to superstardom as a founding member of seminal folk-rock band The Byrds. Later, in addition to acclaimed solo work, David Crosby toured and recorded with CPR, the jazz-flavored trio he formed with his son, James Raymond. His classic songs include “Eight Miles High,” “Almost Cut My Hair,” “Déjà Vu,” “Guinnevere,” “Long Time Gone” and “Wooden Ships.” In ’06, Rhino released David Crosby’s Voyage, a 3-disc retrospective box set, and a CD/DVD reissue of his classic solo debut LP, If Only I Could Remember My Name. He is also the author of three books: Stand and Be Counted: Making Music, Making History/The Dramatic Story of the Artists and Causes That Changed America and the autobiographies Long Time Gone and 2006’s Since Then: How I Survived Everything And Lived To Tell About It. The latter chronicles, per Entertainment Weekly, “A fascinating life worthy of a sequel.”
Graham first rose to fame with British Invasion stars The Hollies, whose Nash-penned classics include “On A Carousel,” “Bus Stop” and “Pay You Back With Interest;” his CSN/CSN&Y hits include “Teach Your Children,” “Our House” and “Marrakesh Express.” Among his four solo titles are the acclaimed 1971 debut LP Songs For Beginners and 2002’s Songs For Survivors, the first album by a major artist to come out in 5.1 before its stereo release. Nash is also a renowned photographer whose images were the subject of 2006’s Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash at San Diego’s Museum of Photographic Arts, a show based on Nash’s 2004 book by that name (to be out in paperback in the near future). Graham is co-founder, with R. Mac Holbert, of Nash Editions, whose pioneering work in digital fine art printing is in the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. Nash Editions: Photography And The Art Of Digital Printing was published in 2006, and in 2007 Nash and Holbert were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the global Digital Image Marketing Association.
An Evening With David Crosby And Graham Nash celebrates the enduring musical brotherhood that brings out the best in these distinct yet sublimely complementary collaborators who are among the most legendary duos in contemporary music.
The tour schedule also includes shows at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, N.C., Carson Four Rivers Center in Paducah, Ky., Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Del., Borgata Music Box in Atlantic City, N.J., Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J., North Fork Theatre in Westbury, N.Y., ME’s Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine, Mechanics Hall in Worchester, Mass., and Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, N.Y. For more information, visit www.crosbynash.com.
An Evening With David Crosby And Graham Nash is presented as part of the TPAC Presents series. The Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s official sponsors include HCA/TriStar, American Airlines, Coca-Cola and The Hermitage Hotel.
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to providing and supporting the presentation of the performing arts to the citizens of Tennessee. Its four stages are home to Broadway in Nashville at TPAC, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, Tennessee Repertory Theatre and a variety of special engagements. TPAC administers one of the largest and most comprehensive arts-in-education programs in the United States, offering learning opportunities for children and adults. The organization has served more than 1.4 million students from pre-school to high school over the past two decades. For more information, visit the web site, www.tpac.org.