AUDIO: David Crosby Teams Up With Fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Michael McDonald on New Song ‘River Rise’

Track hails from the Crosby, Stills, and Nash co-founder’s upcoming solo album “For Free”

May 20, 2021

Singer, songwriter, and Stern Show guest David Crosby has teamed up with fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Michael McDonald on a brand-new track.

The song, “River Rise,” serves as the lead single off the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, and Nash co-founder’s eighth solo album, “For Free.” It was written by McDonald and Crosby’s son and longtime collaborator James Raymond.

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

“For Free” arrives in July, just a few weeks before Crosby’s 80th birthday, and features collaborations with McDonald, McDonald’s Steely Dan bandmate Donald Fagen, and folk artist Sarah Jarosz, among others. The album borrows its name from a 1970 song penned by Crosby’s former love interest, folk icon Joni Mitchell.

As Stern Show fans may remember, Crosby opened up about his relationship with Mitchell during his 2015 sit down with Howard. He also shone a light on the origins of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, spoke about fathering a child with rocker Melissa Etheridge, and offered up a heartfelt apology to actress Daryl Hannah and his former bandmate Neil Young. Check out a clip from the interview (below).

David Crosby’s “For Free” arrives July 23.

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