Hey, here’s three fellas you may have heard of: David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. Well, at the very least I’d wager you recognize their last names. Separately, these three gentlemen are already country-folk gods, but together they become the legendary, eponymous trio Crosby, Stills & Nash. Occasionally joined by fellow superstar Neil Young — who acts as an adjunct to the already magisterial group — the trio is one of the world’s most premier folk acts, and they may have some notches in their belts by now, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still annihilate a crowd. In case you’re still lost, thinking, “who the fuck are these coots?” now is the time to Google “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” and try to make sense of the vocal harmonies. N.B.
Crosby, Stills & Nash have had several Grammy award nominations in the past, and the trio got away clean with the Best New Artist Award back in 1970, and I should probably mention that each member has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice. So how does one effectively describe a super group whose achievement speaks for itself? Well, you just gotta sit down and listen.
What you’ll find is classic folk, the kind of politically suffused anthems that echoed from the speakers at Woodstock, and vocal stylings that rival just about anything Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel ever came up with. Add to this an element of virtuosic musical adeptness and you’re on your way to just vaguely understanding how magnanimous these guys really are. They’ve been playing together, off and on, for the better part of the last half-century, and, old age notwithstanding, they’re still chuffing on down the idyllic road of American country. Maybe next time you’re listening to some flash-in-the-pan indie-folk collaboration, you’ll stop and think about where that music came from — and the fact that the masters of folk still effing live. For your health.
Crosby, Stills & Nash play 7:30 pm Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Cuthbert Amphitheater; $43.50 adv., $63.50 D.O.S.