David Crosby & The Lighthouse Band: Live at the Capitol Theater
Jeff Tamarkin on December 12, 2022
It may still annoy some people, including certain former bandmates, but you have to root for David Crosby for at least one thing. Well, two, actually: he’s not only still alive, well past his due date, but at 81 years old he’s arguably singing as well, if not better, than ever. Add it to what you want, yes sobriety is, um, high on that list, but whatever the reasons, a David Crosby concert in the 2020s is a wonderful thing. He doesn’t need to meet any of his classmates; he’s got this It’s also no less than Croz’s songwriting over the past decade has been A-level stuff: he’s released five new studio albums since 2014 and each one is a gem. So now, finally, he has decided to showcase all of this with his first solo live album, recorded at Port Chester, New York’s venerable Capitol Theatre, one of the last of its kind in its own right. Backed by The Lighthouse Band, multi-instrumentalists/vocalists Becca Stevens, Michelle Willis, and Michael League, whom he has employed since 2016, Crosby offers a cross-section of material from those recent albums, as well as some reminders of where he came from. of. It is the newest material that shines the most. Sure, it’s great to hear “Laughing” and “What Are Their Names” from that still-great 1971 debut, as well as “Déjà Vu” and the cleverly rearranged “Guinnevere,” but it’s even more moving to hear what the band is saying without drummer. The quartet has done so with songs like “1974” and “Glory” (from 2018’s Here If You Listen), and “By the Light of Common Day” and “Things We Do for Love” (from 2016’s Lighthouse). Crosby has been outspoken that he doesn’t know how much longer he’ll be with us, but don’t be surprised if he still has a lot left to give.