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David Crosby is among the many artists contributing limited-edition vinyl discs to the 2017 edition of the Record Store Day campaign, which takes place this Saturday, April 22. The folk-rock legend’s offering is a four-song EP titled David Crosby and the Lighthouse Band, which was recorded live in December during a Philadelphia radio appearance while he was on tour supporting his 2016 solo album, Lighthouse.
Crosby tells ABC Radio, “We recorded four of the things that The Lighthouse Band liked best.” They were a rendition of the Crosby, Stills & Nash classic “Guinnevere,” a newly arranged version of Joni Mitchell‘s “Woodstock” and two tunes from Lighthouse — “The Us Below” and “By the Light of Common Day.”
David says he was thrilled to put out the Record Store Day release, since he loves vinyl and is happy to lend support to independent record shops.
“Vinyl is very near and dear to us, and…mom-and-pop record stores really mean a lot to us,” he declares. “They’re not big, they’re not corporate. They’re people who love music…and we love them.”
The EP is being issued as the official Record Store Day 10th Anniversary Record. Only 2,500 copies of the 10-inch disc are being produced and, Crosby maintains, mom-and-pop record shops are “the only place…they will ever be for sale.”
Crosby’s Lighthouse Band consists of four musicians who are featured on Lighthouse — Michael League, leader of the modern-jazz group Snarky Puppy; Toronto-based singer/songwriter and keyboardist Michelle Willis; and North Carolina singer/songwriter Becca Stevens. David tells ABC Radio that his performances with The Lighthouse Band were acoustic gigs highlighted by complex four-part harmonies.
“It was a complete joy to us,” he says.
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