Graham Nash (Photo by Amy Grantham)
Graham Nash (Photo by Amy Grantham)
The annual summer concert series at Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery in Union opens with Graham Nash in “an intimate evening of songs and stories” on Thursday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m. The vineyard is located at 175 Barrett Hill Road, one-third of a mile off Route 17 in Union.

Tickets for the outdoor concert go on sale Friday, April 21. The festival-style general-admission tickets are $56 in advance. Concert-goers are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets; food and Maine craft beverages will be served. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 785-2828 or visit www.SavageOakes.com

Graham Nash, a two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee — in 1997 with Crosby, Stills and Nash (CSN) and in 2010 with the Hollies — was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame twice, as a solo artist and with CSN.

Nash started his musical career in the early ’60s with the Hollies, one of the early British Invasion groups, and his  songwriting credits with them include “On a Carousel” and “Carrie Anne.” 

Toward the end of the ’60s, he teamed up with the Byrds’ David Crosby and Buffalo Springfield’s Stephen Stills to create the legendary Crosby, Stills & Nash (and later Young). Among their musical masterpieces are Nash’s “Marrakesh Express,” “Pre-Road Downs” (written for then-girlfriend Joni Mitchell), and “Lady of the Island,” from the first Crosby, Stills & Nash LP (1969). CSNY’s Déjà Vu album (1970) includes Nash’s timeless “Teach Your Children” and “Our House.”

Overlapping CSNY, Nash’s solo career debuted with Songs for Beginners (1971), whose “Chicago/We Can Change the World” and “Military Madness” were fueled by the Long Hot Summer, the trial of the Chicago Eight, and the ongoing Vietnam war. His next album, Wild Tales (1974), addressed (among other issues) unfair jail terms for minor drug offenses (“Prison Song”), unfair treatment of Vietnam vets (“Oh! Camil”), the unfairness of fame (“You’ll Never Be the Same”), and his muse, Joni (“Another Sleep Song”).

The most long-lived partnership to emerge from CSNY launched with the eponymously titled Graham Nash/David Crosby (1972), with Nash’s “Southbound Train” as the opening track and “Immigration Man” as the closer. The duo followed up with Wind On the Water (1975) and Whistling Down the Wire (1976).

On the CSN reunion studio LP (1977), Nash wrote “Just a Song Before I Go” in the space of one hour. On CSN’s Daylight Again (1982) album, Nash’s “Wasted On the Way” lamented the energy, time and love lost by the group due to years of internecine quarrels.  

Nash’s autobiography “Wild Tales,” which came out in 2013, hit the New York Times Best Sellers list, and was released in paperback format in late 2014.