Graham Nash will perform at the Boulder Theater on October 25, 2022

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legendary artist Graham Nash, as a founding member of the Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash, is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which has seen rock history unfold at some of its defining moments – since the launch of the Invasion British (it’s him on the screen in 1967, eyewitness to the world performance of the Beatles “All You Need Is Love” from Abbey Road studios) to the birth of the Laurel Canyon movement a year later. A Grammy Award®-winning renaissance artist extraordinaire – and a self-proclaimed “simple man” – Nash has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame twice, for his work with CSN and his work as a solo artist, in beginning with two landmark albums, songs for beginners and wild tales.

Now in 2022 comes Graham Nash: Live, a unique project arriving May 6, on which he revisits those first two classic solo albums in live concert settings recorded in 2019, each in its entirety with their songs in a familiar order. Nash was joined on stage by a seven-piece band led by his longtime collaborators, Shane Fontayne (guitar and vocals) and Todd Caldwell (keyboards and vocals). The album was mixed by Grammy Award® winner Kevin Killen and mastered by Grammy Award®. winner Bob Ludwig.

Above virtually everything Graham Nash has achieved in his long, multi-faceted career stands the litany of songs he has written and introduced to the soundtrack of our lives for nearly six decades. “The art of songwriting,” he said, “for people who love music but don’t write it, is very mysterious. I don’t even know how to describe what I’m going through. I wake up in the morning, I’m alive, I go on with my day, I check news from around the world, I check local newspapers, I check what’s going on with my friends, and I write about my life, it’s is all I’ve done all my life.

Nash’s notable work began with his contributions to the Hollies opus from 1964 to 1968, including “Stop Stop Stop”, “On A Carousel”, “Carrie Anne”, “King Midas In Reverse”, and “Jennifer Eccles”. and continues to This Path Tonight (2016), his most recent solo album. In 2018, Over the Years… compiled Nash’s best-known CSN and post-CSN work, plus over a dozen unreleased demos and mixes, on a 30-track, 2-CD collection.

The original classic union of Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young) only lasted twenty months. Yet their songs are lightning rods ingrained in our DNA, starting with Nash’s ‘Marrakesh Express’, ‘Pre-Road Downs’ and ‘Lady Of the Island’, from Crosby’s debut album, Stills & Nash (1969). On CSNY’s Deja Vu (1970), Nash’s iconic “Teach Your Children” and “Our House” (for Joni Mitchell) begged us to hold on tight to love, to push back the madness that was in its way.

Nash’s career as a solo artist took off in 1971, with the two aforementioned albums further showing the depth of his abilities as a singer and songwriter: his solo debut Songs For Beginners (with “Chicago/ We Can Change the World” and “Military Madness”), and Wild Tales released in 1974 (with “Prison Song”, “Oh! Camil” and “You’ll Never Be the Same”).

Three compositions on Songs For Beginners reflect Nash and Joni’s historic breakup, “Better Days,” “I Used To Be A King” (which recalibrates The Hollies’ “King Midas In Reverse”) and “Simple Man” (“I’m a simple man, so I sing a simple song / I’ve never been so in love and never so wrong at the same time”). A third song, “Wounded Bird” was about the aftermath of Stephen Stills’ breakup with Judy Collins.

But the alpha and omega of Songs For Beginners are two chronicles of the frayed edges of society in the Vietnam era: “Military Madness” (dedicated to Nash’s parents, who quietly and courageously raised their children in the post-war England); and “Chicago/We Can Change the World” (a call for CSNY Stills and Young band members to join him and Crosby at a benefit concert in defense of the Chicago Eight, “Would You Come in Chicago / just to sing”). The autobiographical context is similarly woven through “Sleep Song” (for his first wife Rose Eccles, paradigm of “Jennifer Eccles”) and “Man In the Mirror” (written off Cuba, aboard Crosby’s yacht , the Mayan, on their epic seven-week, 3,000-mile voyage from Florida to San Francisco, through the Panama Canal).

1974’s Wild Tales dealt with (among other things) unjust prison sentences for petty crimes (with “Prison Song”), the unfair treatment of Vietnam veterans (“Oh! Camil”, inspired by decorated Vietnam veteran Scott Camil, who became one of the founders of Vietnam Veterans Against War), and the injustice of fame (“You’ll never be the same again”). Nash wrote “Grave Concern” in response to the lies and cover-ups of the Nixon/Watergate investigations, “outraged that administration leaders are lying to the American people and flouting the Constitution.” In his 2013 autobiography, Wild Tales, Nash described his second album as “a good collection of songs but dark and moody, where I was at the time…in a deep emotional hole”.

Nash’s production of solo albums over the coming decades, while existing in their own time and space, is nonetheless informed to some degree by the presence in his life of his three dynamic musical partners at CSNY. The most resilient, enduring, and productive partnership to emerge from the CSNY camp was launched (before Nash’s Wild Tales) with the self-titled Graham Nash/David Crosby (1972), booked by Nash’s “Southbound Train” as a track opener and “Immigration Man” as the closest. The duo later contributed the ’70s soundtrack to their consecutive albums, Wind On the Water (1975) and Whistling Down the Wire (1976).

On the CSN reunion studio album (1977), Nash took top honors with “Just A Song Before I Go” (written in the span of an hour and a Top 10 single). Lightning struck once again on CSN’s Daylight Again (1982), on which Nash wrote the group’s second (and final) Top 10 hit, “Wasted On the Way”, lamenting the energy, time and love lost by the group due to years of entrails. quarrels. There would be five subsequent album projects in the band’s canon, up to the most recent CSN 2012 live double CD/DVD package.

Nash’s passionate voice is frequently heard in support of peace and social and environmental justice. The No Nukes/Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) concerts he organized with Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt in 1979 remain landmark benefit events. In 2011, Nash helped bring MUSE back to the forefront with a concert to benefit disaster relief in Japan and groups promoting non-nuclear energy around the world. That same year, he and Crosby were among many musicians who went to Occupy Wall Street actions in lower Manhattan.

In September 2013, Nash released his long-awaited autobiography, aptly titled Wild Tales, which delivers a captivating and unrestrained look at his remarkable career and the music that defined a generation. The book landed it on the New York Times bestseller list and was released in paperback in late 2014.

In recognition of his contributions as a musician and philanthropist, Nash was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth. While continually building his musical legacy, Nash is also an internationally acclaimed photographer and visual artist. With his photographs, Nash has won accolades including the Medal of Arts and Technology from the New York Institute of Technology and the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and the first Hollywood Visionary Cyber ​​Award from the Hollywood Film Festival.

A photographer since the age of ten, Nash’s photos have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. The original IRIS 3047 digital printer from his company Nash Editions and one of his earliest published works – Nash’s 1969 portrait of David Crosby – are now in the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution. A collection of his photos are featured in the book A Life in Focus: The Photography of Graham Nash which was published in November 2021 by Insight Editions.

Nash’s lifelong commitment to his work is unwavering. His inspiration is simple: “All the things we have stood for, that love is better than hate, that peace is better than war, that we must take care of our fellow human beings, because that’s all we have on this planet – these things are still true today I need to know that I brought something positive to the world and not something negative.

GRAHAM NASH

AN INTIMATE EVENING OF SONGS AND STORIES

BLOCK THEATER

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Doors: 7:00 p.m. | Show: 8:00 p.m.

Tickets on sale Friday, March 18 at 10 a.m. HERE

$55.00 – $65.00 Reserved seated | $175.00 – $325.00 VIP packages plus applicable service fees

All ages

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