Stephen Stills Youtube

2009 September 4
by tony hogan

Last night I was watching a football match on tele, the game was very one sided, so I flicked channels and was just in time to see Stephen Stills playing Helplessly Hoping.  Listening to him, it reminded me how good he actually is.  His voice was much more gravely, however it always did have that nice edge to it, his guitar playing was impeccable, very simple finger picking and no frills chords. The live audience was spellbound. Considering all the other acts had violins, amps, double basses, harmonies and an all sorts of other gadget, it was a great lesspn in music. It showed once again how an acoustic guitar and vocal can stand up and be complete without anyone or anything else.  Before the song started I was thinking ‘how’s this going to be without the harmonies?’, but like any great musician does, Stephen Stills interpreted the song another way and it was perfect.

So here is Stephen Stills on Youtube doing a song called Tree Top Flyer – a song with a real story.  I love the snappy sound of his playing

And another great video Crosby Stills Nash

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  1. 2009 September 6
    ALAN TOTTEN permalink

    This is incredible. Tone, dynamics, those bits where he taps a beat sna doesn’t play, he knows exactly how to strip it down. And that voice! I am very new to Crosby Stills & Nash, as well as Neil Young. really enjoying the discovery over time. Thanks for sharing this Tony

  2. 2009 September 8

    Great video from a great player. I’ll have to check out some more of his stuff.

  3. 2010 March 28
    todd permalink

    Thanks Tony – I don’t think folks know that Stephen Stills is a guitar master and can play this kind of stuff right up there with Leo Kottke and Chet Atkins. My brother once played for me a live recording of Stills doing “Crossroads” and “Everybody’s Talkin at Me”. Does anyone know what album these were on or if there any videos out there for these tunes?

  4. 2011 March 25


    Stephen Stills Live is the album on Atlantic records 1975 album Number SD 18156
    Acoustic Side; Change partners, Crossroads/You Cant Catch Me, Everybody’s Talkin at me, 4+20, and Word Game.
    Acoustic Cover is color, Stills is wearing a Blue Local Police short sleeve shirt with insignia on right shoulder, heavy rim glasses.

    Electric Side; Wooden Ships, Four Days Gone, Jet Set (SIGH)/Rocky Mountain Way/Special Care
    Cover on this side: white lettering, Blue Tint, Stills is wearing a Number 7 sports jersey, playing a Gibson Firebird.

    As you can tell I have been a Fan of stills playing and bought this album new at release in 75′
    the acoustic side can be used to demolish mountains and make the sky break out in tears at the right decibel level….(CRANK IT UP!!!).


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