Legendary musician David Crosby will play The State Theatre on Aug. 24. .
Crosby’s long and prolific career has spanned six decades. Nowadays, the soft-spoken singer is still enjoying life on the road.
“It would have been a solo (tour), but I decided to bring my son, James,” Crosby said. “He’s the keyboard player/co-writer/producer on my last record, ‘Croz,’ and the second record from now.”
The mustachioed singer speaks highly of his progeny’s prowess.
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“(It’s been) fantastic,” Crosby said. “He’s a brilliant musician; brilliant, brilliant musician, and a really great guy. I love him so.”
Crosby has a pair of upcoming records: “Home Free” comes out early next year, and “Lighthouse” will be released this fall. “Lighthouse” was produced by Mike League, the bass player/band leader/composer for jazz band Snarky Puppy.
“He’s a terrifically talented guy, and he and I wrote at least half of the record — maybe six songs,” Crosby said. “It’s mainly acoustic guitar and vocal stacks. It’s the kind of stuff that I love. So far, everybody’s loved it, and everybody’s responded to it extremely well, so keep your fingers crossed.”
The lead single, “The Things We Do For Love,” is a tender but powerful acoustic track showcasing Crosby’s legendary vocal talent. Crosby believes the rest of the album to be in a similar vein.
“It’s very strong songs with very strong vocals,” he said. “It’s mostly tilted toward acoustic guitars and vocal stacks, as I said.”
The 75-year-old singer shows no signs of stopping. Even in his sixth decade making music, he still finds the creative spark to make new material.
“I don’t understand it,” Crosby said. “I don’t understand how it could be, but here it is. Most people my age kind of give up, or they sort of feel like they’ve said what they’ve got to say, and sort of just get lazy. I’m having an incredible burst of energy and songs. I don’t know how that works, but I’m grateful, and I’ll go for it.”
Crosby knew early on that he wanted to be a singer.
“The first kinds of music I remember hearing were folk music and classical,” he said. “My parents played classical music, and music like The Weavers, Josh White and Odetta — stuff like that. As soon as I started singing, I loved it. I started singing harmony when I was 6, I think.”
Beyond music, Crosby has been a successful actor throughout portions of his career, including a regular role on the hit ’90s sitcom “Roseanne.”
“I love it, and I would do more if I could get more parts,” Crosby said. “But I’m a little too recognizable to be real successful there. But I do love it. I love singing even more, though.”
With hundreds of musical compositions under his belt, Crosby can’t choose a favorite.
“It’s kind of like saying ‘which one is your favorite kid?’ ” he said. “A songwriter’s favorite song is always the one that he’s working on right now. But I have dozens of favorites out of all those songs I’ve written since The Byrds. It’s been a long time. My favorites change from time to time.”
In addition to the early ’60s band The Byrds, he is also known for his time in the bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
“There are people yet who I’d love to work with that I haven’t worked with yet,” he said. “I think mostly what I’d like to do is what I’m doing right now: being lucky, writing a bunch of new songs and making what I think are really good records. We’ll see if anybody else agrees.”
Tickets for Crosby’s show at The State Theatre are sold out, but there is a waiting list for the event. For more information or to be added to the list, call 272-0606 between noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
“The songs are worth hearing,” said Crosby. “And, I will try very hard to take you on a little voyage and a little emotional trip. I think you’ll find it’s worth it.”
IF YOU GO
What: An Evening with David Crosby
When: 8 p.m. Aug. 24
Where: The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College