CLEARWATER — David Crosby and friends will perform Thursday, May 23, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater.
Tickets start at $59.50. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
At 77, Crosby has experienced a late career resurgence unlike almost any other in the history of rock and roll. He’s released four critically acclaimed solo albums in five years, and this spring he decided to take his Sky Trails band on the road for a 23-date U.S. tour. Crosby and his ace Sky Trails band features James Raymond on keys, Mai Agan on bass, Steve DiStanislao on drums, Jeff Pevar on guitar and Michelle Willis on keyboards and vocals. Together, they will perform songs from Crosby’s 2017 album “Sky Trails” as well as songs from throughout his legendary career.
Last year, Crosby released his latest solo album “Here If You Listen” with his Lighthouse band — Becca Stevens, Michelle Willis and Snarky Puppy’s Michael League — and the album was met with a wide swath of critical praise.
On “Here If You Listen,” Crosby again joins forces with the three musicians who helped lend his 2016 album “Lighthouse” — and the tour in support of the album — its captivating grace: Michael League of Snarky Puppy, Michelle Willis and Becca Stevens. But in a purposeful departure from “Lighthouse,” “Here If You Listen” emerges as a highly collaborative effort, with all four artists trading off lead vocals and bringing their distinct songwriting to the mix.
“If leaving a group like Crosby, Stills & Nash was like jumping off a cliff, then finding the Lighthouse Band was like growing wings halfway down,” said Crosby. “These three people are so startlingly talented, I literally couldn’t resist making this album with them.”
Produced by League and co-produced by Stevens, Willis and Crosby, Here If You Listen bears a stripped-down, acoustically driven sound centered on the band’s stunning harmonies. But despite its sonic simplicity and minimal percussion, the album unfolds in infinitely shifting textures that find each musician tapping into their own carefully honed palette and idiosyncratic sensibilities.