David Crosby & The Lighthouse Band Release ‘Live At The Capitol Theatre’

Stream the live album from a concert recorded in 2018.

By Andy Kahn Dec 9, 2022 6:51 am PST

David Crosby today released his first solo live album, Live At The Capitol Theatre, featuring the acclaimed singer-songwriter backed by The Lighthouse Band. The Lighthouse Band features Becca Stevens, Michelle Willis and Snarky Puppy‘s Michael League.

The band takes its name from Crosby’s 2016 solo album, Lighthouse, which was recorded with the trio of musicians. The 16-song Live At The Capitol Theatre was captured on December 8, 2018. The show was the culmination of a tour in support of the 2018 album, Here If You Listen that again saw Crosby working with Stevens, Willis and League.

The live album/concert film includes Here If You Listen tracks “1974,” “Glory,” “Janet” and “Vagrants of Venice.” The release also contains recordings of Lighthouse tracks “The Us Below,” “Things We Do For Love,” “By The Light Of Common Day,” “The City,” and “Look In Their Eyes.” Rounding out the set is a cover of Stevens’ “Regina,” as well as “Woodstock” by Joni Mitchell. Those appear alongside Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young classics “Ohio,” “Guinnevere” and “Déjà Vu,” and the Crosby & Nash song “Carry Me.”

According to press materials, “1974” is a “long-lost demo track that Crosby had floating around on his computer hard drive for decades.” Regarding the song, League stated:

“I found the demo and I listened to it. I fell in love with this and I thought, you know, Crosby should finish this and he said, ‘Man, it’s been sitting on my computer for 40 years, so you know, whatever, sure,’ so I sent it to Becca Stevens and she was like, ‘give me a crack at it’ – so she came in a couple of days later with four-part harmonies for the entire song, lyrics for the entire song, and we sat down that day and kind of fine-tuned things, and so 44 years after it’s kind of conception a song was born.”

“The Lighthouse band is family,” said Stevens. “David and I tease about my not “understanding the magnitude of his brilliance”. I didn’t grow up with his music. I knew his name, but that was about it. I’ve gotten to know him purely through my experience of him in the present moment, generous, endlessly inspired, ambitious, and completely insane (in all my favorite ways). A man who has known immense fame, and yet would start a band at seventy something with three youngish weirdos, begging them to share the light with him. There’s something truly wonderful in that, and truly David.”

“He (Crosby) has gifted us his friendship, care, wisdom, humor, family, and community,” said Willis. “And in addition, he has given Mike, Becca and I endless tools to create something of beauty to offer. This is because he truly believes in music, and its ability to profoundly change and make better those who encounter it. I’m so grateful to have a fighter like Croz in my life.”

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