While Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young has reunited in various permutations countless times over the past 40 years, David Crosby and Graham Nash have never stopped recording and touring together as a duo. This spring they'll hit the road for their first joint tour since 2008. "Singing with Graham is kind of like two fighter pilots that have been flying together for years," Crosby tells Rolling Stone. "We know where the other guy's going, and we can fly extremely close to each other."
Joined by a group including guitarist Dean Parks, Crosby's son James Raymond on keyboards, drummer Steve DiStanislao and bass player Kevin McCormick, their sets will range from acoustic to electric performances, including deep cuts like 1994's "Camera" and some newly written songs. "It'll go through a lot of changes," Crosby says. "I've already talked it over with Graham, and at one point it'll just be a cappella, two voices."
The tour is one of many projects Crosby has in the pipeline. Last month, Crosby, Stills & Nash announced they had left Columbia Records and abandoned their Rick Rubin-produced covers album. "Rick's a talented guy, it just didn't work," says Crosby, adding it's "highly likely" they will release a self-produced version of the LP. "It's hard because we put a lot of time into it. In the long run I think it will pay off and, what the heck, you can't lose by learning a bunch of good songs."
Meanwhile, Crosby and Nash have just launched their own label, Blue Castle Records, to rerelease Another Stoney Evening, their live album recorded in L.A. in 1971 (due March 22nd). Crosby says to expect more from the archives. "We have a lot – I mean massive – quantities of stuff recorded."
Crosby and Nash will take the summer off before heading to Europe while Crosby works on a solo LP, produced by his son James, that includes collaborations with Idaho songwriter Marcus Eaton. "When most people get to this stage in their life, the writing declines, and you sort of feel like you've said most of what you got to say, the muse doesn't come visit," he says. "But I've had a year where I've written probably 12 things, and it's some of the best stuff I've ever written."
But the tour is the focus at the moment. "I would like to brag and say I was the best harmony singer around, but I really think it's Graham," he says. "And for me that is just a complete joy, because singing with other people has always been more fun for me than singing alone."
CROSBY/NASH U.S. Tour Dates:
March 25 – Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Terrace Theater
March 27 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theatre
March 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
March 30 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theatre
April 1 – Arcata, CA @ Van Duzer Theater/Humboldt State Univ.
April 2 – Chico, CA @ Laxson Auditorium/Chico State Univ.
April 4 – Obispo, CA @ Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo
April 5 – Santa Cruz, CA @Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
April 8 – Beaver Creek, CO @ Vilar Performing Arts Center
April 9 – Denver, CO @ Swallow Hill Rootsfest/Paramount Theater
April 12 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall/University of Texas
April 13 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
April 15 – Concho, OK @ Lucky Star Casino
April 16 – Newkirk, OK @ First Council Casino
April 26 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
April 27 – Newark, OH Midland Theatre
May 5 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre
May 6 – Westbury, NY@ NYCB Theater at Westbury
May 8 – York, PA @ Strand-Capitol Perf. Arts Center
May 10 – Concord, NH @ Capitol Center for the Arts
May 11 – Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
May 13 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Music Box/Borgata Spa & Resort
May 14 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
May 18-19 Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
May 21 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
May 22 – Stamford, CT @ Palace Theatre