Written By Braddon S. Williams

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Déjà Vu

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young brought vocal harmonies to a brand new level of excellence when they released the magical Déjà Vu in 1970.

They had just made their live concert debut at Woodstock (talk about an epic first gig!), and the world was eager to see and hear what this congregation (okay, let’s just call it a supergroup!) was capable of. Considering the pedigree of each of the four members (stints in Buffalo Springfield, The Hollies, The Byrds, and Crazy Horse), expectations were high.

Not to worry, CSNY delivered the goods, writing classics like the title song, Teach Your Children, Our House, Carry On, Almost Cut My Hair, and Helpless. Of course, the star attraction was the one-of-a-kind blend of these distinctive voices.

The instrumental prowess of Stephen Stills and Neil Young made for some great musical moments as well.

Having contributions from friends like Jerry Garcia and John Sebastian just sweetened the stew, making Déjà Vu an album for the ages, a confirmation that sometimes more IS more!

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Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

On this date in history, Conseco Fieldhouse (now known as Bankers Life Fieldhouse) was the site of a 2000 concert by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The CSNY2K tour was in support of the album Looking Forward, which remains the final project the 4 musicians have released together.

CSN had been touring a lot throughout the ’90’s, but adding Neil Young to the mix took everything to a considerably higher level.

The word “chemistry” is thrown around a lot in discussions of iconic bands and it certainly applies to these legends, who performed their first live gig at the original Woodstock Festival.

The night I saw them in 2000 was a vivid demonstration of that fabled chemistry. The vocal blend they achieve together is stunning…not just when they all harmonize with each other, but even breaking it down in pairs.

The song “Guinnevere” featured just David Crosby and Graham Nash accompanied by Crosby’s lone acoustic guitar, and it was hauntingly mesmerizing and gorgeous.

On the other side of the spectrum. Neil Young’s very presence seemed to coax a mad dog rocker out of Mr. Crosby that few would have suspected was inside the walrus mustached folk singer. Crosby sang a searing rendition of “Almost Cut My Hair” that far surpassed the intensity of the studio recording.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Almost Cut My Hair (2000)

 

Young himself systematically broke all the strings on his Les Paul at the culmination of a metal worthy take on “Rockin’ In The Free World” at the end of the show. Everyone who attended this show left that arena knowing they had witnessed something magical.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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