Graham Nash Shares How CSN Hiatus Inspired His Debut Solo Record

In a recent interview with Louder Sound, Graham Nash revealed that CSN’s hiatus allowed him to focus on his solo music career. Nash noted that the band’s hiatus inspired him to release his debut studio album ‘Songs for Beginners.’

Graham Nash is best known for his contributions to the pop-rock group The Hollies and the folk-rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash. As the co-founder of The Hollies, Nash was the lead vocalist in the song ‘To You My Love’ from the band’s second album ‘In The Hollies Style.’ He also delivered vocals on notable singles like ‘On a Carousel’ and ‘Carrie Anne.’

In the mid-’60s, Nash left The Hollies to join CSN and became a part of the band’s massive success. He wrote the hit songs such as ‘Our House,’ ‘Teach Your Children,’ and ‘Marrakesh Express’ from the album named ‘Deja Vu.’ The record gained worldwide success for the band by reaching the top of the pop album chart and selling over eight million copies.

Nash’s and the band’s achievements continued with the next album ‘4 Way Street,’ released in 1971. The first live record of the group reached number one on the Billboard 200. However, the members went on a hiatus after this album until 1974. Each of them focused on their solo music career, and Nash released his solo debut album ‘Songs for the Beginners.’ While it was at 15 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, the single ‘Chicago’ became number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The musician revealed in a recent interview that he did not initially decide to pursue a solo career. Graham Nash stated that he collected his inspirations, already on his mind, when the band went on a hiatus. Later, he decided to release ‘Songs For Beginners,’ for which he already had the songs.

When asked about starting his solo career, Graham Nash explained:

“No. I was happier than I got songs that were living inside my head on tape. We were all writing so much, and the reason I did ‘Songs For Beginners’ was that CSN wasn’t making records, and I had all these songs. What the hell do you do with them? You have to go into the studio because once they’re down on tape, they leave room in my head for more.”

You can listen to the album below.