Graham Nash Prepping Another CSN Deep Vault Dive
Although there seems to be no future for Crosby, Stills, & Nash -- the past remains open to rediscovery. Graham Nash, who kicks off a solo European tour on Thursday (July 11th) in Gavorrano, Italy, spoke with Britain's Cambridge Independent and explained that a deep vault dive into the estranged trio's music is in the works, revealing, "Just recently, we legally became the owners of everything that we’ve recorded -- except the records that we delivered to the record company. There was a time when our record company thought that they owned everything that we’d ever recorded -- and I recorded CSN every night and every show for the last 40 years."
Nash explained the difference between Atlantic Records owning the group's finished masters is significantly different from owning all the music created while under contract: "We had to make sure that they understood that even though they owned all the Crosby, Stills, & Nash records that they paid us handsomely for, if I record me and David (Crosby) and Stephen (Stills) in my bathroom doing something really incredible, you don’t own that -- we do, and that finally was worked out legally. So I’ve been delving into the enormous storage facility that we have in Los Angeles and I’m slowly going through it all."
Nash also touched upon a separate project that might cull together all of his and David Crosby's guest spots on other people's recordings: "You’ve got to realize that me and David have sung with many famous people on their hits. We have about 25 recordings of us with James Taylor, with Jimmy Webb, with Art Garfunkel, with Phil Collins, with Kenny Loggins. We’ve done all these incredible background vocals and that might make an interesting record once I get a little time."
Sadly, those hoping for a reunion of Crosby, Stills, & Nash are no closer to seeing their heroes back together than they were five years ago: "CSN will never play again. It’s a shame but it’s the way it is. We have to love each other before we can make music -- we have to like each other and right now I don’t like David Crosby, and that’s all I’m saying."
Graham Nash was asked what he remembers most about kicking off the group's first sessions during the spring of '68 at L.A.'s legendary Wally Heider's Studios: "Probably the energy that we took into it. Y'know we loved each other, we loved the songs, we loved each other's company. . . Y'know, we were discovering each other, discovering each other's talents. It was, for want of a better word, a love fest."