Essential Pittsburgh
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Fri September 6, 2013

Graham Nash Continues to Compose Music With A Cause

Singer-songwriter Graham Nash comes to Pittsburgh on Sept. 14.
Singer-songwriter Graham Nash comes to Pittsburgh on Sept. 14.
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Legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash is revered for his prolific musicality, his inviolable commitment to human rights and his ability to seamlessly intertwine his compositions with worthy causes.

Nash is touring the East coast with keyboardist James Raymond and guitar player Shane Fontaine, playing old favorites and new tunes. They will be visiting the Carnegie Library Music Hall on Sept. 14.

Nash, who began his career with the harmony boy-band The Hollies, is a quarter of the group Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. He left The Hollies at the height of their fame to join David Crosby and Stephen Stills after hearing them harmonize together one evening.

“I’ve always loved what I heard then," Nash said. "It has driven me to this day, because we’re all smart enough to realize that the most important part of our relationship is the music.”

The trio, often joined by Neil Young, has written tribute songs to the Kent State massacre (Ohio, 1971), Woodstock (1970), immigration issues (Immigration Man, 1972) and most recently, the sacrifice of Buddhist monks (Burning for the Buddha, 2013). He takes pride in the group’s commitment to political activism and says he hopes he can spread their message to future generations.