digestMusician David Crosby has more stories to tell than most. Luckily for his fans, he’s a good storyteller, in song as well as in the books he’s written. A native Californian born into a filmmaker’s family, his penchant for drama has played out in his myriad of interesting experiences, both on stage and off. And his impeccable timing, whether by luck or by fate, has given him the skills to navigate the many ups and downs of life as a rock and roll legend.
A twice-inducted member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his work in the Byrds and with Crosby Stills and Nash, the 75-year-old singer/songwriter has reached a nexus in his career where his energy matches the urgency with which he conducts his life. In a phone conversation from his home in Santa Ynez, he shared his enthusiasm for his upcoming U.S. tour to support his recent efforts in a solo career that lately has seen the release of three full-length albums.
“I’m a very happy guy,” he offered at the onset, explaining that his state of mind was based on the fact he was feeling his oats more keenly these days. “Normally, in my past I’ve written maybe three new songs a year. I’ve always been slow, not real fast, or prolific. But lately it’s just been an amazing thing for me, with an astounding amount of music coming out of me. I love it, God knows it’s a joy.”
Following a 21-year break between solo recording projects he produced “Croz,” which came out in 2014, followed by “Lighthouse” in 2016, an elegant, stripped down performance produced in collaboration with funky jazz collective Snarky Puppy member Michael League. Pending release in May, “Sky Trails,” has a song titled “Capitol,” about the U.S. Congress and its pathetic record and how power corrupts. (You can take a listen here: pitchfork.com/news/70879-david-crosby-protests-congress-on-new-song-capitol-listen/).
Crosby’s never shied away from taking on the establishment in his songwriting and actions, a natural trait from someone who grew up in and was a major figure in the counter-cultural revolution of the 1960s. While he’s content to focus on the present and future, there’s no denying he has a past that is worthy of examination. Although he had an interest to become an actor, he chose to go the route of a musician, something he said was always a passion for him.
“I loved singing right from the start when I was a kid,” he said. “So I’ve always been into the music. It’s just a natural thing for me.”
After initially finding the early ’60s Greenwich Village folk music scene to his liking, his Los Angeles roots brought him together with Jim (Roger) McGuinn, Gene Clark, Michael Clarke, and Chris Hillman and The Byrds were formed in 1964. They had a smash hit with Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man,” followed by their rendition of Pete Seeger’s “Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season).” Their signature sound and shift in consciousness in the mid ’60s inspired their original …
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