America's First Super Group. CSNY - Fifty Years On

Nov 18, 2019

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at concert, August, 1974
Credit Tony Morelli / Wikimedia Commons

The year was 1969, the year of Woodstock. It was there that America's first supergroup took the stage for one of its first performances.

Crosby, Stills and Nash were about to begin a musical journey, which still resonates today. Neil Young joined the group slightly thereafter to play on the band's second album, Deja Vu.

Nonetheless, it is illustrative of not only the group's output, but of where they came from and how those bands contributed to the bedrock of American rock and roll.

On this B-Sides with Bolin and Blumberg, we are joined by Cindy Waitt as the show explores the music and some of the backstories regarding how CSNY came together as well as how their founding bands split and then reformed.

Stephen Stills and Neil Young started out with Buffalo Springfield, David Crosby started out with The Byrds, and Graham Nash came from across the pond, playing with The Hollies. All three bands get a listen along with three CSNY tunes, including Carry On and Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.

But what makes this show unique is the inclusion of two bands whose members were part of the aforementioned founding bands. Thus, we play Poco whose members, Richie Furay and Jim Messina, came from Buffalo Springfield, and you'll hear from The Flying Burrito Brothers. Two of its members, Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons, came from The Byrds.

It might sound a little complicated, but there's no doubt the music is a straightforward pure joy.

That's the B-Sides with Bolin and Blumberg with our guest Cindy Waitt exploring the music that still rings true today, only on the place for great rock and roll, Siouxland Public Media.