David Crosby Teams Up With Michael McDonald For New Song ‘River Rise’

David Crosby Teams Up With Michael McDonald For New Song ‘River Rise’ | Society Of Rock Videos

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David Crosby is prepping a new album “For Free” in celebration of his upcoming 80th birthday, arriving on July 23 via BMG. He teased the record with its lead single “River Rise” which was penned by Michael McDonald and Crosby’s son and longtime bandmate James Raymond.

“‘River Rise’ came from wanting to write something very evocative of California, but almost with a country-song perspective,” Raymond said. “Something that speaks to the empowerment of the everyman or everywoman.”

For Free features saxophonist Steve Tavaglione and drummer Steve DiStanislao and its title track is a cover of a Joni Mitchell’s 1970 classic which appeared on her 1970 album Ladies of the Canyon. It’s no secret that Crosby has nothing but awe and admiration for Mitchell. “Joni’s the greatest living singer/songwriter, and ‘For Free’ is one of her simplest,” he said in a statement. “It’s one of my favorite songs because I love what it says about the spirit of music and what compels you to play.”

David Crosby’s For Free Tracklist

“River Rise”
“I Think I”
“The Other Side Of Midnight”
“Rodriguez For A Night”
“Secret Dancer”
“Ships In The Night”
“For Free”
“Boxes”
“Shot At Me”
“I Won’t Stay For Long”

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