Watch The Animated Video For Graham Nash’s ‘A Better Life’
Graham Nash has shared the video for his new single A Better Life. Using classic animation techniques, hand painting the backgrounds and cell overlays for characters, director and acclaimed animator Jeff Scher has aimed to evoke a mid-century Technicolor cartoon look and a sense of mid-century optimism. It makes for a striking visual which you can check out below.
A Better Life hails from Nash’s upcoming first studio album of new material in seven years, Now, due this Friday, 19 May. The record was produced by Nash and longtime touring keyboardist Todd Caldwell.
Nash says of the record: “I believe that my new album Now is the most personal one I have ever made. At this point in my life, that’s something to say.”
Nash recently unveiled the album’s first single, Right Now, which Consequence hailed as “a triumphant song of perseverance. Guitar World also noted, “Right Now is tough and weathered, a defiant statement from a veteran now in his ninth decade and still rocking.”
Nash recently announced his most ambitious UK tour in many years for August and September. Alongside the 10-date run which takes in stops at some of the country’s most prestigious theatres, including London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Nash will headline Moseley Folk & Arts Festival in Birmingham and the British Country Music Festival in his birthplace of Blackpool. Full dates below.
In addition to his two Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions (with Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Hollies), Nash is a two-time inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame—as a solo artist and with CSN—and a Grammy Award winner. Towering above virtually everything that Graham Nash has accomplished in his multifaceted career stands the litany of songs that he has written and introduced to the soundtrack of the past half century.
Nash’s remarkable body of work began the Hollies opus from 1964 to ’68. His contributions to Crosby, Stills & Nash and Déjà Vu are now deeply in folk-rock’s DNA, starting with Marrakesh Express, Pre-Road Downs and Lady of the Island from the former and Teach Your Children and Our House from Deja-Vu.. Nash’s career as a solo artist took flight in 1971 with two albums further showcasing the depths of his abilities as a singer and songwriter, yielding Chicago/We Can Change the World, Military Madness, I Used To Be A King and Simple Man.”
Graham Nash plays the following UK shows:
Tue 29: Basingstoke Anvil
Wed 30: Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Fri 01: Moseley Folk & Arts Festival, Birmingham
Sat 02: British Country Music Festival, Blackpool
Mon 11: London Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Tue 12: Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Thu 14: Gateshead Sage
Fri 15: Buxton Opera House
Sun 17: Cardiff St David’s Hall
Mon 18: Bath Forum
Wed 20: Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Thu 21: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall