Crosby, Stills and Nash: Still performing three decades after Woodstock

By Eric Butler

The days of widely popular folk rock trios have long since passed.
But many Clovis and Portales fans of Crosby, Stills & Nash will get to hear that group’s music in concert for the first time next week. David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash will be playing in Albuquerque on June 6, in Lubbock on June 7 and in Amarillo on June 10.
“I’m just so glad that they’re getting so close to where you could actually go and see them perform,” said Debbie Roberts of Clovis, who plans on going to the show in Lubbock. “I have all their albums and CDs, but I never saw them in concert. So I’m looking forward to this.”
Roberts was one of 500,000 people at Woodstock in 1969, but doesn’t recall seeing Crosby, Stills & Nash — one of the acts who performed.
She says that she didn’t get to the famous festival during the first day and that she was also so far away from the stage area that the trio could very well have been playing.
This time, she expects to get a much better view.
“Their songs are just so marvelous, they really are,” Roberts said. “The fact that they’re still around is even more amazing.”
Former radio disc jokey Mike Fall of Clovis doesn’t recall Crosby, Stills & Nash playing in the area before.
“They may have — but I sure don’t remember it. This is the first I’ve seen them come this close,” said Clovis’ Mike Fall, who also is going to the Lubbock concert. “I’m a huge Neil Young fan too, I wish he was going to be with them. They’re legends. You just want a chance to see someone like that in person.”
The trio first formed in 1968 in California and, two years later, was joined by Young to become a quartet — which lasted until 1974. Though the group is most remembered from that time period with songs like “Teach Your Children,” it’s best success on the charts — as a trio again —came with top 10 hits in 1977 “Just A Song Before I Go” and 1982 “Wasted On The Way.”
Clovis businessman Tom Martin has been a fan of CSN since they formed in 1968.
Crosby had been a member of the Byrds while Stills and Nash came into the trio from Buffalo Springfield and the Hollies, respectively.
“I was in college when Buffalo Springfield came out. You follow these guys: the Hollies, the Byrds and all of those groups. It’s what I grew up with,” Martin says. “When they came out, it was billed as being a super group.”
Martin also is planning on going to Lubbock to see the show.
For those too busy to see Crosby, Stills & Nash on the weekend, there’s always the show in Amarillo the following Tuesday.
That’s the show Rick Cornelison of Clovis is considering.
“It brings back memories that can never be replaced,” said Cornelison of the music of Crosby, Stills & Nash. “It reminds me of when I had a full head of hair.”