Owner of perhaps the most recognizable and extruded vocal timbre in the CSNY and CSN and CN blend, Graham Nash also wrote some the group’s most irregular material. While it might be said that Nash contributed a disproportionate share of the group’s cutesiest songs (“Our House,” “Teach Your Children” and “Marrakesh Express,” for example), those songs were a highly functional component in the group’s perforce-diversified repertoire, serving quite specifically as an accessible counterweight to David Crosby’s amorphous and meandering art songs.
Like all of his mates in that supergroup, Graham Nash’s rockstar authentication was issued well before CS&N’s debut performance at Woodstock. The Englishman was a core writing and performing member of prolific ‘60s hitmakers the Hollies: yet another band that charted the UK rock group’s traditional transformation from R & B interpreters to purveyors of original psychedelic pop (and some damn cool psychedelic pop at that – the 1967 album Evolution is a highlight of imaginative and cheeky treacle-pop).
Bright, vital, engaging, eminently likable, Graham Nash gives you the impression that every kind word that you’ve heard about him is accurate. (The same cannot always be said of his Californian and Canadian pals, to be honest.) Nash has been making the rounds with renewed vigor since the 2013 publication of his memoir Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life. While that book and the ensuing acrimony with Crosby have made headlines, Nash also managed to squeeze out an ambitious, unusually dark set of new songs in 2016, This Path Tonight.
Multiple Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash performs in the intimate confines of the Bearsville Theater on Tuesday, October 4 at 8 p.m.; the doors open at 7. Gold Circle seats cost $89; reserved seating costs $79; general admission costs $69. For this special performance, a variety of VIP packages are available. For tickets and full package information, visit www.bearsvilletheater.com. The Bearsville Theater is located at 291 Tinker Street in Woodstock.