Happy birthday Stephen Stills
In my opinion, one of the most underrated guitar gods of the 60s and 70s is having a birthday today.
Stephen Stills turns 78 on this day. In the 60s Stills name was mentioned in the same breath as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. His work with Buffalo Springfield as a guitarist, singer and songwriter brought us “For What It’s Worth” and “Bluebird” and are enough to get him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Then look at his output with Crosby, Stills & Nash: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Manassas, and as a solo artist.
His guitar work on “Super Session” with Mike Bloomfield, and Al Kooper in 1968 still is one of my personal favorites. Listen to their version of "Season Of The Witch" and you will hear what I'm talking about.
His solo acoustic recording "Stills Alone" from 1991 is also a pleasure to listen to with covers from The Beatles and Bob Dylan and his own material Like the last track on the recording "Tree Top Flyer."
With CSN and CSNY he gave us “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Wooden Ships,” and “Southern Cross,” and as a solo artist songs like “Change Partners,” and “Love The One Your With.”
Moving up to 2013, Stephen Stills along with old friend and keyboardist Barry Goldberg, and blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd formed the Rides. They released two albums -- that year's “Can't Get Enough” and 2016's “Pierced Arrow” and then went on the road to tour behind both sets.
On May 4th 2019 Stephen Stills came to the Snoqualmie Casino with JudyCollins for their joint tour.
Happy 78th birthday to Stephen Stills. Dig into his catalog and hear why I feel he is a true guitar god.