Graham Nash is so serious about getting fans to vote, he dusted off an uncompleted song to get the message across.
The singer's new track "Vote" began as a protest song written nearly 50 years ago during Richard Nixon's presidency. Nash completed it earlier this year with guitarist Shane Fontayne shortly before their tour together was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The duo's demo recording was augmented by additional instrumentation by Todd Caldwell (a member of Crosby, Stills & Nash's touring ensemble) and his brother Toby. Nash cut the vocals in the bathroom of his home, which he humorously dubbed "Studio Toilette." Jokes aside, Nash hopes his message is clear.
“In 2016, 48% of the American people who could vote, didn’t,” Nash told Rolling Stone. “Now, maybe they thought Hillary had it sewn up. Maybe it was snowing that day. Maybe the kids were driving them crazy and they couldn’t get to the voting booth. But 48% of the people didn’t vote and look what happened. We must use the most powerful voice that we have, which is our vote.”
Nash's most recent release was 2018's Over the Years, a retrospective combining his greatest hits (including tracks by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and offshoots) with a collection of rare and unreleased demos.