Out today (July 23rd) is David Crosby's latest solo album, For Free. 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.
During a new chat with USA Today, he sang the praises of McDonald's work on the new album, saying, “I’ve said for a long time the best male singers in the U.S. are Stevie Wonder — he’s getting old now and is not as good as he used to be — and Michael. It’s a treasure, man. He really outdid himself.”
He shed light on how he got the great Joan Baez to paint the album's cover portrait: “She’s been doing a bunch of paintings of people she likes for a gallery show and I heard she had done one of me and I looked it up and I loved it. I asked if I could use it for an album cover and she said, 'Of course you can, but you have to buy it.' And she should say that.”