Stephen Stills: once a young N.Y.C. folkie, an original member of California folk/blues rock band Buffalo Springfield, a former student and jam session pal of Jimi Hendrix, and a veteran of the original Woodstock. Known best among classic rock fans for his work with the harmonious folk/rock combo Crosby, Stills & Nash (and sometimes Young), his greatest talents come out as solo composer, multi-instrumentalist, and arranger. He’s also one of America’s most legendary rock stars.
The original trio of Crosby Stills & Nash emerged in 1969 from the ashes of three popular ’60s bands — David Crosby from The Byrds, Graham Nash from British Invasion group The Hollies, and Stills from folk-rock outfit Buffalo Springfield. After releasing their landmark 1969 self-titled debut, Neil Young (who played with Stills in Buffalo Springfield) joined in time to record the equally impressive 1970 album, Déjà Vu.
After a worldwide tour supporting their first releases, the band took a break and Stills set up shop in London, recording his massive, self-titled debut — a disc that featured guest performances from Hendrix, Clapton, Booker T. Jones, John Sebastian, and others, and spawned the radio hit, “Love The One You’re With.”
For the next three decades, Stills worked solo and with his CS&N mates and remained one of its most enduring artists.
Recently, 36 years after joining forces and capturing the imagination of the counterculture generation, Crosby, Stills & Nash got back together in 2005 and did a summer tour in support of a Rhino Records collection titled Crosby, Stills & Nash: Greatest Hits, which included “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Teach Your Children,” and “Wasted on the Way,” among 16 others.
Stills’ artistry will also be celebrated with Rhino’s June 2007 archival release of an all-new compilation of rare early recordings from 1968 through 1970. His latest studio album, 2005’s Man Alive!, was his first solo effort in 14 years. He headlines a special “Evening With Stephen Stills” this Monday.
Stephen Stills and Texas roots/rocker Jay Boy Adams perform at the Charleston Music Hall (37 John St., 853-2252) on Mon. May 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $37 and $30. See www.charlestonmusichall.com and www.stephenstills.com for more.