Saturday, 17 April 2010
ROBIN PECKNOLD, BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY, BRENDAN BENSON, VETIVER, ALELA DIANE, SLEEPY SUN, PORT O’BRIEN and more contribute covers of the Nash classics on BE YOURSELF : A TRIBUTE TO GRAHAM NASH’S “SONGS FOR BEGINNERS” released 21st June on
Grass Roots Records.
Legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash's emotionally-charged solo debut - Songs For Beginners - was first released in 1971 and came on the heels of a temporary split with his CSN band mates, David Crosby and Stephen Stills, and a permanent break with his then-love, Joni Mitchell. The album was a hit and introduced the now-classic songs 'Military Madness', 'Simple Man', 'Used To Be A King', and the Top 40 single 'Chicago'. Songs for Beginners has stood the test of time and its contents have been covered by a long list of music makers.
Now, flash forward to 2010, Nile Nash & Britt Govea of (((folkYEAH!))) have assembled an all-star line-up of celebrated contemporary artists such as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Robin Pecknold (of Fleet Foxes), Brendan Benson, Vetiver, Alela Diane, Sleepy Sun, Mariee Sioux & Greg Weeks (from Espers), Port O Brien with The Papercuts and The Moore Brothers. All of these artists, and Nile Nash herself, have come together to honour and celebrate Songs For Beginners by covering the album track by track. The artists put a unique spin on each song, making it his or her own whilst also honouring the timeless nature of the original recordings. Each track is sure to delight and introduce these already epic and timeless songs to a new generation of music lovers.
Click here for a conversation between Sylvie Simmons, Nile Nash and Joel Bernstein about Be Yourself and Songs For Beginners and to hear snippets from the album…
Be Yourself” : A Tribute To Graham Nash’s Songs For Beginners is released 21st June on Grass Roots records…
(from the press release)
Posted by Nick Bob at 16:58