David Crosby has announced the release of his latest solo set, For Free, on July 23rd. The album — named after "Croz's" cover of the Joni Mitchell classic — features a new cover portrait by Joan Baez, and contributions from his son and bandmate James Raymond, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, and the Doobie Brothers' Michael McDonald.

Over the past few years, it's seemed as though as his peers started to slow down, David Crosby has only gained speed while going from strength to strength with amazingly relevant albums and performances. We asked him what's bringing on the newfound burst of inspiration: ["The easy money would be to say, 'Well, I was all constrangled (sic) being in that group and as soon as I got outta the group, I blossomed.' I don't know if it's that simple. I think I was actually workin' on these tunes even while I was in Crosby, Stills, & Nash — but I don't think I had a venue for 'em there. I don't think they would've been, y'know, good to do with that group. Whichever way it was — that's what happened. I quit them and I started doing this and it's been spectacular as far as the writing goes. I've been just so lucky."] SOUNDCUE (:31 OC: . . . just so lucky)

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