Stephen Stills is receiving raves for his new career-spanning four-CD, career-spanning box set, called Carry On. The exhaustive set was compiled by Graham Nash and longtime Crosby, Stills, & Nash photographer and collaborator, Joel Bernstein. Nash had previously compiled his own 2009 triple-disc solo retrospective, Reflections, David Crosby's 2006 three-disc collection, Voyage, Stills' 2007 vault release Just Roll Tape: April 26th, 1968, as well as CSN's 2009 Demos collection.
Stephen Stills explained to Rolling Stone why he felt Nash was the only man to put Carry On together, saying, "He's got the patience. It's also an organizational skill. He's got that kind of mind. He's got filing skills, if you will. He's got a great memory and he can listen to all this stuff -- hours and hours and hours. He would find these chestnuts -- I wouldn't have had the patience.
Stills agreed with Nash's quote to Rolling Stone that "Stephen is the wrong person to ask about Stephen," admitting: "I detest talking about myself. There is a reason why people pick up an instrument and put it between themselves and the rest of the world. Language is an inadequate form of communication. If you've picked up an instrument, it's because you don't feel you are communicating sufficiently."
Graham Nash says that he's already thinking ahead to the group's future vault releases and has been digging out some of the more interesting tapes: "I'm listening to my last solo electric tour -- which is very interesting, me and Crosby '93 acoustic, CSNY 1974 stadium tour music, lots of stuff."
On Saturday (April 13th) Crosby, Stills & Nash will perform at L.A.'s Club Nokia at the Light Up The Blues Concert: An Evening of Music To Benefit Autism Speaks. Among the others on the bill are Stephen Stills' son Chris Stills, former Eagle Don Felder, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, and Ryan Adams, among others.
UPDATED: Crosby, Stills & Nash North American tour dates (subject to change):
April 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Light Up The Blues at Club Nokia
May 1, 3 - New York, NY - The Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center
May 5 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live
May 7 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
May 8 - Sarasota, FL - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
May 10, 11 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Live
May 14 - Fort Myers, FL - Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
May 15 - Melbourne, FL - King Center For Performing Arts
May 17 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
May 19 - Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium
May 21 - Greenville, SC - Peace Center Concert Hall
May 22 - Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Center
May 24 - Montgomery, AL - Montgomery Performing Arts Centre
May 25 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi