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CSN in concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall
For more than 40 years, Crosby, Stills and Nash have sustained a fruitful musical partnership
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As the fourth stop on their current tour, Crosby, Stills & Nash take the stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall on May 7.
CLEARWATER – On the heels of their acclaimed 2012 year-long world tour, Crosby, Stills & Nash are touring again this year – and the tour includes a stop in the Tampa Bay area.

Crosby, Stills & Nash will perform Tuesday, May 7, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.

Tickets start at $62.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.r­uthec­kerdh­all.c­om.

This will be CSN's ninth appearance at Ruth Eckerd Hall. On this tour, the performance in Clearwater will be CSN’s fourth stop. Their 2013 itinerary begins with two very special dates in New York City when CSN, together with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, will perform “The Crosby, Stills & Nash Songbook” at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. The May 1 concert is JALC’s annual gala fundraiser; the May 3 concert is open to the public.

“Individually and collectively, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash are influential and important figures in American music,” said Marsalis in a press release from CSN. Marsalis is JALC’s managing and artistic director. “Their music is rooted in American folk, pop and blues traditions and their experiments with form, harmony and orchestration will make for a natural collaboration.”

The group’s 2013 tour dates build on the momentum and excitement of CSN’s 2012 tour, and features the same backing band featuring Todd Caldwell (organ), Shane Fontayne (guitar), Steve DiStanislao (drums), Kevin McCormick (bass), and James Raymond (keyboards). The tour generated “CSN 2012,” a 25-song set presenting CSN’s first live performance film in more than 20 years. “CSN 2012” was released last summer and was a Billboard Top 20 DVD for 2012. Produced by Graham Nash, the set (Blu-Ray, 2DVD/CD) features a complete concert from early 2012, and bonus content including a conversation with David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Nash, and “on-the-road interviews” with the band and crew.

According to a press release promoting the tour, CSN also recently released the first recording artist subscription-based iPad App approved for sale in the Apple App Store. The CSN App installs for free, and includes a media-rich overview of CSN’s history; paid subscriptions also are available, allowing access to exclusive content and premium fan features.

Back story

The music of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash is a cornerstone of rock and roll.

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than four decades since CSN first harmonized in Laurel Canyon, and played its first-ever concert as a trio at the legendary Woodstock festival.

CSN’s members continue a creative partnership that is one of the most influential and enduring in music. Crosby, Stills and Nash have each been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two times – with Crosby, Stills & Nash, and a second time with The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Hollies, respectively. They also are in the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, honored both for CSN as a group, and as individual solo artists.

As Crosby, Stills & Nash, this trio of legendary singer-songwriters has been actively collaborating since 1969, when they first harmonized. Where that harmonization took place is open to debate among the three musicians: According to Crosby and Nash, it was in Joni Mitchell's living room; according to Stills, it happened in Mama Cass Elliot's dining room.

Ultimately, the setting isn’t all that relevant … what matters is that encounter laid the groundwork for what would come. The bond they forged that day was profound and enduring. The consequence provided essential elements late 20th century pop culture. CSN’s songs are just as durable, conveying emotional truths and social consciousness in equal measure.

The group debuted in 1969 with the album “Crosby, Stills & Nash.” The 10-song tour de force hit No. 6 on Billboard's pop albums chart and earned CSN a Grammy for Best New Artist. The album featured classic tracks such as "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," "Marrakesh Express," "Guinnevere" and "Wooden Ships."

In 1970, Neil Young came aboard for the first time, creating the group’s four-man configuration for the album “Déjà Vu.” The album featured several timeless hits such as “Teach Your Children," "Our House," "Helpless," "Carry On" and "Almost Cut My Hair." “4 Way Street, a double live LP, followed in 1971.

Then, in 1977, CSN was back to a trio, releasing the album “CSN,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart. The album spawned two singles: "Just A Song Before I Go" and "Fair Game."

In 1982, CSN was back with “Daylight Again,” which hit No. 8 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart. “Daylight Again” featured the singles "Wasted on the Way," "Southern Cross" and “Too Much Love to Hide.”

According to the group’s website, CSN – now 40 years into this creative partnership – is currently in the process of expanding their recorded repertoire with two album projects. One project will spotlight the group’s enduring creative spark while the emphasizes CSN’s legendary roots.

Crosby, Stills & Nash are presently recording a new album for Columbia Records with 10-time Grammy-winning producer Rick Rubin at the helm. This June, Rhino Records will release “Crosby, Stills & Nash Demos,” a single-disc collection of rare and previously unheard demos of destined-to-be-classic signature songs reaching back to the group's earliest days.
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