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Graham Nash: Always Moving Forward While Embracing His Past

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Still, for all his time spent reliving the past, Nash remains very much a part of the present while also investing substantially in the future. His solo outings have continued unabated (although admittedly the high bar he attained early on remains somewhat elusive at this point). His reputation as a renowned photographer helped him broaden his reach into other artistic realms, while his company Nash Editions, specializing in printing, scanning, commercial photography, and reproduction, made him a highly successful entrepreneur.

And even though his double induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was made possible by his affiliation with his aforementioned keynote ensembles, he can still pride himself on the fact that his efforts gained him entry not once but twice, a formidable accomplishment for any journeyman musician.

Nash can also claim several distinctive honors attained as a result of individual efforts. In 2010, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to music and charity. He also holds four honorary degrees, including music honors from the University of Salford in Manchester, England, and a doctorate in fine arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Given these accomplishments, one would think Nash would have nothing to prove, much less anything else to offer his public. Yet he continues to tour on his own, filling in the gaps when CSN and the more elusive CSNY are on hiatus.

It would be a mistake, then, to think of Graham Nash as merely an appendage of Crosby, Stills, & Nash. As he prepares to celebrate his 73rd birthday next month, he's still moving forward even while embracing his place in rock's most prestigious pantheon.

Graham Nash. 8 p.m. Friday, January 16, at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $38.50 to $58.50 plus fees. Call 954-462-0222, or visit ticketmaster.com.

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