Rock 'n' roll legend Graham Nash will give an intimate, "behind the music" style concert downtown as part of his national tour. | Photo by Eric Draper

Graham Nash is not only a two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee for his influential work with the Hollies and Crosby, Stills, and Nash but also a best-selling author, respected visual artist and steadfast activist.

Nash holds a special place in history as the rock star associated in a big way with both the British Invasion of the mid-1960s and California’s famous Laurel Canyon music scene in the early 1970s. His songs such as “Teach Your Children,” “Wasted On The Way” and “Marrakesh Express’’ have left an indelible mark on millions. 

And on March 8, his national tour stops at Charleston Music Hall downtown for “An Intimate Evening of Songs & Stories with Graham Nash.”

Nash told the City Paper that he is not content with merely celebrating his storied past, and so he keeps going. In October 2021, Nash released the coffee-table book, A Life in Focus, containing original artwork and photographs. Next, he will be dropping a live album that revisits and reimagines both of his classic LPs, Songs for Beginners and Wild Tales. After that, Nash will finish his next solo album and complete another record-in-progress with childhood pal and Hollies co-founder Allan Clarke.

Nash’s current flurry of activity also includes the re-launching of a wildly successful theater tour that has been repeatedly derailed by the global pandemic. The shows themselves are stripped-down affairs built around an intimate storytelling format that seems to have really served Nash well in recent years. And he believes that these unique career-spanning sets are popular with music-lovers for good reason.

“I think that people are very interested in hearing about how musicians make songs,” Nash said. “What’s the preface? How were you feeling at the time? What were you really thinking when you wrote ‘Our House?’ They love that kind of stuff.” 

When the tour rolls into Charleston Music Hall this week, concert-goers might even learn a few fun facts over the course of the evening, like why “Our House” had “two cats in the yard,” and how the tune was also a ballad about Nash’s domestic life with then-girlfriend Joni Mitchell. 

In the end, whether he’s looking backward or forward, Nash is informed by the same basic principles. “I think you have to follow your heart. Your heart knows what’s right. Your heart knows what’s wrong. Your heart knows when you make a good choice, and your heart knows when you make a bad choice. Life is a series of choices you can make, and it seems like I’ve made some good choices.”

Purchase tickets for Nash’s March 8 concert at the Charleston Music Hall at CharlestonMusicHall.com.


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