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Published: 2012/07/27

Graham Nash Discusses Troubles Behind CSN Sessions with Rick Rubin

Crosby, Stills and Nash have cut ties with producer Rick Rubin, according to a Music Radar interview with Graham Nash. Rubin had recently been in the studio working with the legendary group on a new album of covers, however, Nash reveals that it was “not a great experience.”

“After almost 50 years of making records, we think we know what we’re doing, so it’s very hard to tell Crosby, Stills and Nash what to do,” Nash tells Music Radar. “You can suggest anything you want, but you can’t tell us what to do.”

Stephen Stills recently made headlines by saying Crosby, Stills and Nash would never make another album, implying tension between David Crosby and Rubin.

“Two things are happening. One, Stephen doesn’t know the big picture,” says Nash. “Two, Stephen is very deaf. He may have misheard or he may have been answering the question he thought you asked.”

Nash goes on to say that the group will finish work on its long-awaited album of covers, Songs We Wish We’d Written. According to Nash, tension between Crosby and Rubin was a source of the delay. “First of all, he pissed off David Crosby. David said we wanted to do ‘Blackbird’ and another Beatles song. Rick said, ‘There will only be one Beatles song.’ Crosby said, ‘There will only be one Beatles song if we decide there will only be one Beatles song.’ You know, like, ‘Who the f–k are you to tell me?”

Crosby, Stills and Nash have now rerecorded some of the covers they worked on with Rubin, including James Taylor’s “Close Your Eyes,” The Who’s “Behind Blue Eyes,” and the Rolling Stones’ “Ruby Tuesday.” However, the album’s official release is still uncertain.

“It’s going to be difficult right now because we’re on tour until October. As you can imagine, it’s hard to get three people into the studio, especially if they’re doing different things and have different schedules. So it comes off that Stephen thinks there’ll be no new recordings, which couldn’t be further from the truth.”

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