Two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and founding member of both the Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash, Graham Nash will release his new album Graham Nash: Live on May 6 via Proper Records. The record features Nash performing his first two critically acclaimed solo albums, Songs For Beginners and Wild Tales, in their entirety, recorded on tour in the Northeastern U.S. in September, 2019. Pre-order/pre-save the album at https://grahamnash.lnk.to/live.
In celebration of the forthcoming release, Nash is debuting the live version of his classic song “Military Madness;” stream/share the track here: https://youtu.be/oYWe52oKejE.
Nash’s career as a solo artist took flight in 1971, with these two seminal albums showcasing the depths of his abilities as a singer and songwriter. His solo debut Songs For Beginners includes the hits “Simple Man,” “Chicago/We Can Change the World” and “Military Madness,” and Wild Tales, released in 1974, features “Prison Song,” “Oh! Camil” and “You’ll Never Be the Same.” While the songs on these albums are largely autobiographical—dissecting Nash’s relationship and subsequent breakup with Joni Mitchell, recalling his 3,000-mile sea voyage with David Crosby from Florida to San Francisco by way of the Panama Canal, and remembering his parents—they also show the depth and breadth of Nash’s songwriting and storytelling, chronicling society’s frayed edges during the Vietnam era, championing the defense of free speech, calling for prison reform as well as political reform and more.
“I’ve been trying to figure out why Songs For Beginners and Wild Tales [were] so popular and I think it’s that intimacy and that immediacy of my emotions,” explains Nash. He goes on to note, “We’re supposed to learn from history and it doesn’t appear as if we’re learning much. Songs like ‘Military Madness’…is that not relevant today? The hope that we can change the world, isn’t that still relevant today? I’m very flattered that my music seems to have lasted this long, but I’m also a little upset that we have to keep singing a song like ‘Military Madness’ right up to the present. Enough already!”
In celebration of the forthcoming record, Nash is touring the U.S. throughout 2022 accompanied by longtime collaborator and This Path Tonight (Nash’s 2016 solo album) producer Shane Fontayne on guitars and vocals, and former CSN keyboard player and vocalist Todd Caldwell. Nash and friends will perform songs from his days in the Hollies through his years with Crosby, Stills & Nash and from his beloved solo recordings, weaving anecdotes and tales from his 50-year career throughout the evening. See below for a list of upcoming dates; tickets are available at grahamnash.com.
In addition to his two Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions (with Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Hollies), he was inducted twice into the Songwriters Hall of Fame as well—as a solo artist and with CSN—and he is also a Grammy Award winner. Towering above virtually everything that Graham Nash has accomplished in his multifaceted career stands the litany of songs that he has written and introduced to the soundtrack of the past half century. His remarkable body of work, beginning with his contributions to the Hollies catalog, continues all the way to This Path Tonight (2016), his most recent solo album.
His passionate voice has long been 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 seminal benefit events. In September 2013, Nash released his long-awaited autobiography Wild Tales, which landed him on the New York Times Best Sellers list. In recognition for his contributions as a musician and philanthropist, Nash was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. While continually building his musical legacy, Nash is also an internationally renowned photographer and visual artist whose work has been shown in galleries and museums worldwide, and his photography has drawn honors including the New York Institute of Technology’s Arts & Technology Medal, an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, and the Hollywood Film Festival’s inaugural Hollywood Visionary Cyber Award. Most recently Nash released A Life In Focus: The Photography Of Graham Nash (via Insight Editions), in which he reflects on more than fifty years of an extraordinary life in an extensive collection of personal photographs and artistic stills.
GRAHAM NASH: LIVE TRACK LIST
1. Military Madness
2. Better Days
3. Wounded Bird
4. I Used To Be A King
5. Be Yourself
6. Simple Man
7. Man In The Mirror
8. There’s Only One
9. Sleep Song
10. Chicago/We Can Change The World
11. Wild Tales
12. Hey You (Looking At The Moon)
13. Prison Song
14. You’ll Never Be The Same
15. And So It Goes
16. Grave Concern
17. Oh! Camil
18. I Miss You
19. On The Line
20. Another Sleep Song
GRAHAM NASH TOUR DATES
March 22—Memorial Hall—Cincinnati, OH
March 23—The Pageant—St. Louis, MO
March 25—SPACE—Evanston, IL
March 26—SPACE—Evanston, IL
March 27—Brown County Music Center—Nashville, IN
March 29—The Englert Theatre—Iowa City, IA
March 30—Blizzard Theatre—Elgin, IL
April 1—The Ark—Ann Arbor, MI
April 2—The Kent Stage—Kent, OH
April 3—The Kent Stage—Kent, OH
July 22—Bardavon—Poughkeepsie, NY
July 31—The Pavilion at Point of the Bluff Vineyards—Hammondsport, NY
August 8—Ocean City Music Pier—Ocean City, NJ
October 12—Rio Theatre—Santa Cruz, CA
October 15—Humphrey’s—San Diego, CA
October 23—Washington’s—Fort Collins, CO
October 25—Boulder Theater—Boulder, CO
Additional dates to follow.