Happy Birthday to Graham Nash who turns 81 today (February 2nd)!!! Nash recently posted a 1971 photo of him and David Crosby on his social media accounts. Nash, who had issued a statement regarding the death of his estranged former-partner, posted above the photo: “I’ve been hesitant to share photos of us in the past. People leave such nasty comments sometimes. But here is a photo of David and I recording in 1971. There was real magic between us. That much I know.”
Graham Nash has signed on to perform at the March 15th tribute concert, “The Music Of Paul McCartney at Carnegie Hall.” The event is the 18th annual “Music Of” benefit for music education for underserved youth. For ticket info, log on to: https://musicof.org/
Nash’s current road dates feature just him, Shane Fontayne — Crosby, Stills, & Nash‘s longtime road guitarist, and keyboardist Todd Caldwell. The trio kicks off the latest string of dates over two nights — April 12th and 13th at Phoenixville, Pennsylvania’s Colonial Theatre.
Graham Nash, who published his latest photo book, A Life In Focus, in 2021, currently has two new projects in the work; a new original solo set along with a reunion with fellow Hollies co-founder and childhood friend Allan Clarke.
Last years he released a live album comprised of recent performances of his first two albums — 1971’s Songs For Beginners and 1974’s Wild Tales,
In October 2021, Graham Nash released a new track and video, titled “Vote,” in the lead-up to the November 3rd presidential election. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer told Rolling Stone, “I wanted to make sure that people understood that there were many people hitting rock bottom. And because this new Covid relief bill hasn’t been signed yet, there are people that are going to be made homeless, who will starve and won’t have enough money for rent and meds. It’s crazy.”
That same year, Nash compiled and produced Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young‘s critically lauded “50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” box set for the group’s 1970’s Déjà Vu.
2018 saw Nash’s 30-track career retrospective, titled Over The Years. The set features tracks from Crosby, Stills, & Nash; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Crosby & Nash; and Nash on his own. The collection’s second disc features a selection of Nash’s personal demos of his best-known tracks taped between 1968 and 1980. In 2016, Nash received raves for his latest solo set, This Path Tonight, along with glowing reviews for his ongoing scaled back live dates.
Perhaps the biggest shakeups of Graham Nash’s life these days are the end of his marriage to wife, the late-Susan Sennett after nearly four decades and three adult children together, his new marriage with writer/actress Amy Grantham.
Back in 2015, Graham Nash compiled the group’s Top 20 live archival release CSNY 1974. Among the many highlights featured on the third Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young live set are “Teach Your Children,” “Love The One You’re With,” “Deja vu,” “Old Man,” “Carry Me,” “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Long May You Run,” “Almost Cut My Hair,” “Immigration Man,” “Helpless,” “Long Time Gone,” “Pre-Road Downs,” “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” “Guinevere” “Chicago,” “Wooden Ships,” “Ohio,” and “Our House,” among many others.
In 2013, Nash published his long-awaited autobiography, called, Wild Takes: A Rock & Roll Life, and hit the road for a brief solo tour.
In 2010, along with the rest of the Hollies, Nash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The occasion marked Nash’s second entrance into the Hall, having already been inducted with CSN back in 1998.
Graham Nash told us prior to their 2010 Rock Hall induction, that if any English rock group deserved Hall of Fame status — it’s gotta be the Hollies: “I’m old enough now to realize and look at my history so far. The Hollies were so influential in the early-’60s through the ’60s. Very, very, influential. We were probably one of the very first bands to ever use three-part harmony constantly. I mean, even the Beatles were two-part most of the time. The Hollies were a fabulous band. Maybe they weren’t ‘cool,’ but by the time I’d left we’d had 18 Top 10 hits. I mean, how many do the Kinks have? How many did everybody else have that’s in (the Rock Hall)? I think the Hollies deserve to be in there.”
Nash was born in Blackpool, England and raised in Manchester. It was there that he co-founded the Hollies in 1962 with childhood friend Allan Clarke. Following his departure from the group in 1968, Nash teamed up with David Crosby, who had recently left the Byrds, and former Buffalo Springfield guitarist Stephen Stills — who along with occasional member Neil Young — have gone on to form one of the most important and lasting rock partnerships of the past 50 years.
Although CSN’s music and career choices have been analyzed and second-guessed by fans and journalists alike, Nash says he’s been fortunate to have never taken himself that seriously: “You just can’t spend too much time thinking in those terms, y’know, about how significant you are. You’re not, y’know? This is not brain surgery or astrophysics or Mozart — this is a very simple form of music that moves a great many people, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”
Nash, who became an American citizen in 1978, has spent decades fighting for global human rights and social programs that will help leave a better world for the following generations. He told us that he never takes for granted the freedoms afforded him by being an American: “It’s amazing to live in a country like this where at least I’m allowed to speak my mind. Some of the things that this band says, we could’ve gotten into deep trouble about had we not been in America. We couldn’t have done this in other countries — they wouldn’t have allowed us. But at least we live — and we are privileged to live — in America, where we can speak our minds. Nobody has to agree, and in fact, nobody has to listen, but I have to speak my mind.”