Folk rockers Crosby, Stills and Nash, all stars from other hit 1960s bands, came together at a chance sing-along during a party in 1969, discovering a unique harmony. The result was a tumultuous on-again-off-again rock 'n' roll odyssey that defined the sound and the mood of the rebellious 1970s.
More than 30 years later, a group of local musicians is revisiting the era and the timeless music, finding their niche as a tribute band to the deep CSN playlist.
Calling themselves "Daylight Again" - the title of a brief poetic anti-war song, a 1982 comeback album and a film on the CSN era.
By popular demand, an encore performance of "Daylight Again" a Tribute to Crosby, Stills, and Nash" concert will be presented at The Gathering Place in Cherokee on Saturday night, Oct. 4 starting at 8 p.m. Advance general admission $10 tickets may be purchased at The Book Vine and Copper Cup in Cherokee. The doors will open at 7:15 p.m.
Band member Jimmy Davis, Cherokee, says that the idea originated with his partner and fellow guitarist, Randy Martin of Quimby, a two-time Iowa Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame honoree.
"Randy has wanted to do this (tribute) since he was about 24. He wanted to do this years ago but couldn't find people to do it. To commit to the idea to doing CSN is one thing and to actually being able to do it is another," Davis said.
"The diversity of their music... it's country, folk, rock and roll and it's jazz. It moves you through the different genres. This music takes you there.
"I think it helps that it's 30 years later. I found people saying that they close their eyes and it was like watching them (Crosby Still and Nash) in concert. We walked back in time,"Davis said.
Not unlike CSN itself, the area musicians were gathered from a variety of other groups and genres. They include Steve Alingh (keyboard, Cherokee), Jamie Bowers (bass, Sioux City), Jim Christensen (drums, Holstein), Charlie Leissler (vocals and guitar, Cherokee), Martin and Davis, who both contribute vocals and guitar licks.
"The way Randy set up the show, it presents a visual and musical history and also of the bands that CSN came from. So in order to do that we do a song from each group. Graham Nash came from the Hollies, David Crosby from the Byrds, Stephen Stills came from Buffalo Springfield," Davis says. The group was often joined by folk rock icon Neil Young.
The tribute show will be done in three parts. The first, from the inception of CSN (1968) up to Woodstock (1969) and then what happened during and after that era.
CSN is best remembered for political and introspective songs, "Teach Your Children," "Long Time Gone," "Southern Cross," "Marrakesh Express," "Wasted on the Way," "Just a Song Before I Go," "Our House," "Woodstock," "Ohio" - their ode to the Kent State tragedy, "Soldiers of Peace," "Almost Cut My Hair," "Long May You Run" and many others. They last toured as a band in 2006.
The Gathering Place is located at 207 West Main in Cherokee. The concert is being promoted as a part of the Artisans Road Trip program in northwest Iowa.