David Crosby: Jason Isbell Will “Drag Country Music Kicking and Screaming Into This Century”
photo by Danny Clinch
David Crosby recently sat down with Storme Warren of SiriusXM’s The Highway channel, and in a few videos recently shared by the radio streaming service, the legendary singer-songwriter shares his thoughts on fellow musician Jason Isbell, whom he joined on stage last year and hopes to write with in the future.
“He’s a smart guy, and I like his words,” Crosby says before mentioning Isbell’s stunning, Grammy-winning song “If We Were Vampires.” Along with hinting at the duo’s possible collaborative songwriting plans, the CSNY vocalist also recalls his team-up with Isbell at last year’s Newport Folk Festival, explaining that he first contacted Isbell when he heard the younger musician was covering Neil Young’s CSNY classic “Ohio.” Crosby ended up joining Isbell and his 400 Unit for that tune and “Wooden Ships.” Crosby will also open for Isbell’s band at their Red Rocks show this summer.
“I like that guy,” Crosby repeatedly notes to Warren. “I think he may be one of the ones—and there are several of them—who are going to drag country music, kicking and screaming, into this century. They are writing about real stuff.”
In another recently shared clip from the interview, Crosby also mentions that he’d be interested in a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion but that it is ultimately up to Neil Young. Another shows the songwriter discussing the new version of “Woodstock” that appears on his most recent solo album, Here If You Listen. Watch all three clips below.