Two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and founding member of both the Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash Graham Nash is debuting the video for his new single “A Better Life.” Using classic animation techniques, hand painting the backgrounds and cell overlays for characters, director and acclaimed animator Jeff Scher aims to evoke a mid-century Technicolor cartoon look and a sense of mid-century optimism. Stream/share the video HERE.
The track hails from Nash’s upcoming first studio album of new material in seven years, Now, due this Friday, May 19 on BMG. Pre-order/pre-save the record HERE. Now is produced by Nash and longtime touring keyboardist Todd Caldwell.
“I believe that my new album Now is the most personal one I have ever made. At this point in my life, that's something to say,” notes Nash.
Nash recently unveiled the album’s first single, “Right Now,” which Consequence hails as “a triumphant song of perseverance,” while Relix raves that “the number finds the legendary artist capturing his feelings and emotions in song, a practice he has exemplified for decades.” Guitar World goes on to note, “‘Right Now’ is tough and weathered, a defiant statement from a veteran now in his ninth decade and still rocking.”
Nash is currently in the midst of a multiple-night run of shows at New York’s City Winery as part of his Sixty Years of Songs and Stories Tour. The tour marks the sixtieth anniversary of Nash’s first single with the Hollies, one of the leaders of the British Invasion of the 1960s. Additionally, in June and July Nash will revisit his west coast tour dates recently postponed due to Covid. See below for a list of upcoming shows, tickets are available at grahamnash.com.
In addition to his two Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions (with Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Hollies), Nash is a two-time inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame—as a solo artist and with CSN—and a Grammy Award winner. Towering above virtually everything that Graham Nash has accomplished in his multifaceted career stands the litany of songs that he has written and introduced to the soundtrack of the past half century.
Nash’s remarkable body of work began the Hollies opus from 1964 to ’68. His contributions to Crosby, Stills & Nash and Déjà Vu are lightning rods embedded in our DNA, starting with “Marrakesh Express,” “Pre-Road Downs” and “Lady of the Island” from the former and “Teach Your Children” and “Our House” from the latter. Nash’s career as a solo artist took flight in 1971 with two albums further showcasing the depths of his abilities as a singer and songwriter, yielding “Chicago/We Can Change the World,” “Military Madness,” “I Used To Be A King” and “Simple Man.”
His passionate voice has long been heard in support of peace and social and environmental justice. The No Nukes/Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) concerts he organized with Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt in 1979 remain seminal benefit events. In September 2013, Nash released his long-awaited autobiography Wild Tales, which landed him on The New York Times Best Sellers list. In recognition of his contributions as a musician and philanthropist, Nash was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. While continually building his musical legacy, Nash is also a renowned photographer and visual artist whose work has been shown in galleries and museums worldwide. Most recently Nash released A Life In Focus: The Photography Of Graham Nash (via Insight Editions), in which he reflects on more than fifty years of an extraordinary life in an extensive collection of personal photographs and artistic stills.
1. Right Now
2. A Better Life
3. Golden Idol
4. Stars And Stripes
5. Love Of Mine
6. Theme From Pastorale
7. In A Dream
8. Stand Up
9. Feels Like Home
10. Buddy’s Back
11. Follow Your Heart
12. I Watched It All Come Down
13. When It Comes To You
SIXTY YEARS OF SONGS AND STORIES TOUR
May 16—City Winery—New York, NY
May 17—City Winery—New York, NY
Additional dates to follow.
WEST COAST TOUR
June 17—Smothers Theatre—Malibu, CA
June 18—Humphrey’s—San Diego, CA
June 20—Fox Theatre—Tucson, AZ
June 21—Celebrity Theatre—Phoenix, AZ
June 24— Chautauqua Auditorium—Boulder, CO
June 25—Washington’s—Fort Collins, CO
June 27—Strings Music Pavilion—Steamboat Springs, CO
June 29—Riverwalk Center—Breckenridge, CO
July 1—The Egyptian Theatre—Park City, UT
July 2—The Egyptian Theatre—Park City, UT
July 3—The Egyptian Theatre—Park City, UT
July 5—Argyros Performing Arts Center—Ketchum, ID
July 7—The Panida—Sandpoint, ID
July 8—Pantages Theater—Tacoma, WA
July 10—Freight & Salvage—Berkeley, CA
July 11—Freight & Salvage—Berkeley, CA
July 13—Freight & Salvage—Berkeley, CA
July 15—The Lobero Theatre—Santa Barbara, CA
July 16—The Lobero Theatre—Santa Barbara, CA