Graham Nash is audibly thrilled to be able to say that he and partners David Crosby and Stephen Stills have “been playing really fabulously” this year.
Why? “I think the discovery that we’re actually a good band,” Nash answers — which seems an odd thing to say for a trio that’s been working together since 1968.
“It’s taken us awhile,” acknowledges Nash, 68, a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer with Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Hollies. “But everybody’s doing their gig. The band’s playing great. Stephen’s playing his ass off. We’re enjoying it.
“People look at us and say, ‘Well, you made this wrong decision or that wrong decision,’ but who cares. It’s just what we did. In our past we’ve made many right decisions, too, and everything’s gotten us to this place.”
CSN, meanwhile, continues to work on a new album of old songs with Grammy Award-winning producer Rick Rubin. Nash says the trio hopes to continue work on the project in early 2011, but CSN has been previewing some during its concerts — primarily the Rolling Stones’ “Ruby Tuesday” — while song by the Beatles, the Allman Brothers Band, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, James Taylor, Tim Hardin and Jackson Browne are also part of the projects.
“It’s a lot slower than it’s ever taken us to do an album,” says Nash, who’s also co-producing a live album from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s 1974 tour. “Working with (Rubin) is very interesting; it’s hard to tell CSN what to do in the studio after more than 40 years, but we’re certainly open to listening to him, and he has good ideas, of course.
“I think he wants it as real as possible, and I’m right there with him.”
Crosby, Stills & Nash perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $76 and $46 pavilion and $21 lawn with a $64 lawn four-pack. Call 248-644.-3556 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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