When Graham Nash was born Franklin Delano Roosevelt was President of the United States of America. You might assume a man of Nash’s “experience” to be past his prime when it comes to performing live. That assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. Graham Nash, former member of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, and Nash (and sometimes Young), still has it.
Does Graham Nash Perform Mostly New Stuff Or Old Stuff?
The legend can still croon icon tracks like “Teach Your Children,” ”Ohio,” “Wasted on the Way,” “Chicago,” “Simple Man,” and “Marrakesh Express.” If you have Graham Nash tickets expect to hear selections from all eras of his career including his most recent solo work.
You’re going to hear a lot of great songs at a Graham Nash tour stop but be aware that a few of his newer songs will bump classics from his days with The Hollies and CSN (and sometimes “Y”).
Does Graham Nash Talk Between Songs?
The stories told between songs are almost worth the cost of a Graham Nash concert alone. Nash is very chatty and is known to spin a yarn or two about the “good ole days.”
He’s also not afraid to go political. In 2015, during a concert in Cleveland, Nash mocked the attention the Kardashians receive while lamenting the fact that no one talks about the self-immolation of Tibetan monks. Sure, that may be a little dour for a rock concert but Nash is a product of the sixties. It’s nice that one of rock’s elder statesmen can still be part of the counter-culture.
Does Graham Nash Play With A Band?
Nash can entertain with a full sized rock band or all by himself. In 2015 and 2016, Nash split the difference and performed a duo act with guitarist Shane Fontayne. Fontayne co-wrote and produced Nash’s 2016 album, This Path Tonight. He has also played with Bruce Springsteen, Chris Botti, and Richard Marx.
Nash and Fontayne have great chemistry together and enjoy their time on stage. The two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame applauds Fontayne for making each song “come alive.”
If Nash is performing solo, or with a musician like Fontayne, do not despair. The songs in Nash’s repertoire aren’t meant to be played loud. They are meant to be played well. Nash always makes sure that happens.