Graham Nash Signs On With XM Satellite Radio To Host New Music Interview Show Beginning August 21
Carole King, Ben E. King, Grace Slick and Other Renowned Singer/Songwriters Will be Featured on “SongStories with Graham Nash” In Exclusive Interviews Making Their Broadcast Debut on XM
Washington D.C., August 17, 2006 -- XM Satellite Radio, the nation’s leading satellite radio service with more than 7 million subscribers, today announced that celebrated singer/songwriter Graham Nash will host a new music program exclusively for XM. The half-hour show “SongStories with Graham Nash” spotlights Nash interviewing many of music’s most talented and successful songwriters about the stories behind their most classic songs, their overall creative process and the art of songwriting itself.
The interviews grew out of Nash’s book, Off The Record, which presents the text of 25 such interviews along with rare photographs and handwritten manuscripts - by the songwriters - of the lyrics for the featured song. During the course of these remarkable conversations, which make their broadcast debut on XM’s airwaves, these legendary songwriters also share personal memories about their lives in music. Carole King, Paul Williams, Waylon Jennings and Ben E. King are among the artists who will be featured during the first several episodes. “SongStories with Graham Nash” debuts Monday, August 21 on The Loft (XM 50), XM’s commercial-free acoustic rock channel.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this project to XM,” said Nash. “The songs we’ll explore are ones whose lyrics have become emotional landmarks for many people, and continue to resonate through our lives. It’s a delight to share the stories behind these compositions with the XM audience.”
“Not only has Graham Nash written and performed some of music’s most treasured songs, but he is sincere in his curiosity about the creative process other musicians endure for their own works, making ’SongStories’ genuine and entertaining,” said Lee Abrams, Chief Creative Programming Officer, XM Satellite Radio. “XM is committed to keeping the passion for music alive and well among fans and Graham’s passion for music and musicians as expressed through ’SongStories’ is a perfect fit for the XM audience.”
The premiere episode presents Nash’s conversation with famed soul guitarist and songwriter Steve Cropper about “Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay,” the GRAMMY®-winning #1 Cropper co-wrote with the legendary Otis Redding, whose recording of it is an all-time classic. It also features Graham and Grace Slick discussing “White Rabbit,” Slick’s psychedelic hit from Jefferson Airplane’s classic 1967 LP Surrealistic Pillow. Future episodes will feature Carole King on “I Feel the Earth Move,” Waylon Jennings on “Good Hearted Woman,” and Ben E. King on “Stand By Me.”
“SongStories with Graham Nash” debuts Monday, August 21 at 11pm ET on The Loft (XM Channel 50) with new episodes premiering every other week and encores airing throughout the month. Complete schedule details, including episode information, will available online at http://www.xmradio.com and http://www.songstories.us.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and GRAMMY® winner Graham Nash first rose to fame with British Invasion pioneers The Hollies, whose Nash-penned classics include “On A Carousel,” “Carrie Anne” and “Bus Stop.” Among the timeless songs he’s composed for CSN and CSNY-with whom he still tours and records-are “Teach Your Children,” “Our House” and “Marrakesh Express.” An acclaimed solo artist, Nash released his fourth solo disc, Songs For Survivors, in 2002. In 2006, Highlights, Nash’s latest CD as a duo with David Crosby, was released. A modern age Renaissance man, Graham is also a renowned photographer, and fifty-plus years of his images were recently spotlighted via the exhibition Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash, at San Diego’s Museum of Photographic Arts, which expanded on Nash’s 2004 book of the same name. As a pioneer in the digital realm, Graham -with Mac Holbert - founded Nash Editions in 1990. Recognized in 2005 by the Smithsonian for its role in the invention of digital fine art printing, it is renowned as one of the world’s leading fine art/photographic printmaking houses. Currently, Graham Nash is on the road with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Freedom Of Speech ’06” Tour.
For more information on Graham Nash, please visit http://www.grahamnash.com.
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