David Crosby‘s has dropped the lyric video for “River Rise,” the lead single from his upcoming For Free album set for July 23rd. The track is a new team-up with the Doobie Brothers‘ Michael McDonald, and was-co-written with McDonald and Crosby’s son, longtime keyboardist and collaborator James Raymond.
Raymond recently told Rolling Stone, “‘River Rise’ came from wanting to write something very evocative of California, but almost with a country-song perspective. something that speaks to the empowerment of the everyman or everywoman.”
For Free — named after “Croz’s” cover of the Joni Mitchell classic — features a new cover portrait by Joan Baez, also features a collaboration with Steely Dan‘s Donald Fagen.
We asked David Crosby if he too looks at this late-stage wealth of great material and positive activity as a gift: “It does feel like that, yeah. There’s a pretty wide range — that has to do with two things; one, I’m in two bands. I’ve got two bands — one of them’s acoustic, the other one’s electric. That gives me a wide spread that way. And also, I write with other people. I don’t understand people that don’t. I guess they want all the (laughs) publishing for themselves, or something. But, for me, writing with other people really works. The other person seems to have something you didn’t. Always.”