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EDITORS’ NOTES

David Crosby’s music has always had a touch of jazz to it—think back to the labyrinthine harmonies of CSNY circa Déjà Vu or the looser moments of late-‘60s Byrds (“Tribal Gathering,” “John Riley”). Continuing a late-career streak that includes 2014’s Croz and 2016’s folksy Lighthouse, Sky Trails indulges in the fascination fully, from the slick, Steely Dan-ish funk of “She’s Got to Be Somewhere” to “Before Tomorrow Falls on Love” and the gorgeous “Home Free,” which recall the organic, almost living quality of mid-‘70s Joni Mitchell—Crosby’s longtime friend.

EDITORS’ NOTES

David Crosby’s music has always had a touch of jazz to it—think back to the labyrinthine harmonies of CSNY circa Déjà Vu or the looser moments of late-‘60s Byrds (“Tribal Gathering,” “John Riley”). Continuing a late-career streak that includes 2014’s Croz and 2016’s folksy Lighthouse, Sky Trails indulges in the fascination fully, from the slick, Steely Dan-ish funk of “She’s Got to Be Somewhere” to “Before Tomorrow Falls on Love” and the gorgeous “Home Free,” which recall the organic, almost living quality of mid-‘70s Joni Mitchell—Crosby’s longtime friend.

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About David Crosby

Though David Crosby’s gossamer harmonies helped define the take-it-easy era of Laurel Canyon singer/songwriters, his seemingly gentle tunes also grapple with massive cultural upheaval and his own personal traumas. The Los Angeles native started shaping the early-’60s folk-rock hits of The Byrds with his chiming (and endlessly copied) guitar melodies, and he helped push the band toward its psychedelic inclinations with the serpentine-but-snarling "Eight Miles High." By the late ’60s, Crosby had formed a partnership with Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young—all exemplars of the Woodstock era’s quieter but no less impactful non-rock side. Uniting in various formations over the decades to come, the quartet's lilting music captures the essence of rockers suddenly grasping toward domestic bliss, makes utter romantic devastation sound downright lovely, and occasionally flashes a sharp political edge, notably on Crosby's surprisingly tough-minded anthem of hippie pride "Almost Cut My Hair." In his solo career, he's explored the mental and emotional fallout of the peace-and-love generation, veering from hallucinatory song-suites to intimate confessionals—which have in turn been reclaimed by indie rockers like Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver, who also sought to blur the line between psychedelic experimentation and candid folk.

HOMETOWN
Los Angeles, CA
GENRE
Rock
BORN
August 14, 1941

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