Published Feb 12, 2010In 1971, Graham Nash was on a temporary break from Crosby, Stills and Nash, and had just broken up with long-time girlfriend Joni Mitchell. The emotional state he was in resulted in Songs for Beginners, which is now considered one of his greatest accomplishments.
Nearly 30 years later, Nash's daughter, Nile Nash, has teamed up with a team of indie folk icons to pay tribute to the classic album. The compilation is called Be Yourself: A Tribute to Graham Nash's Songs for Beginners, and features appearances from Port O'Brien, Brendan Benson, Vetiver, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold and many others.
On top of the Songs for Beginners tribute, a handful of artists, including Johnathan Rice and Two Gallants' Tyson Vogel, took on selections from Nash's second solo album, Wild Tales. Those songs will be pressed on a limited seven-inch that will ship with the first 1,000 orders through the Grass Roots Records website.
Be Yourself will be released on May 25. Pre-orders for the album, along with the bonus seven-inch, begin on February 15.
Be Yourself: A Tribute to Graham Nash's Songs for Beginners:
1. Port O'Brien and the Papercuts "Military Madness"
2. Brendan Benson "Better Days"
3. Nile Nash "Wounded Bird"
4. Vetiver "Used to be a King" 5. Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes) "Be Yourself"
6. Bonnie "Prince" Billy "Simple Man (Hombre Sencillo)"
7. Moore Brothers "Man in the Mirror"
8. Alela Diane "There's Only One"
9. Mariee Sioux with Greg Weeks (Espers) "Sleep Song"
10. Sleepy Sun "Chicago"
11. Nile Nash with guests "We Can Change the World (reprise)"
1. Tyson Vogel (Two Gallants) "Hey You (Looking at the Moon)"
2. Johnathan Rice "On the Line"
3. Jonathan Wilson "And So It Goes (Music Gets You High)"
4. Bart Davenport "Better Days"
5. Citay "Military Madness"