Collins and Stills were not just musical contemporaries, but one-time lovers who have remained friends. He wrote the Crosby, Stills and Nash Top 40 hit, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” about her. Despite their long history, the two musicians had never collaborated on a major project together until “Stills & Collins.”
“We’ve been friends for years and we talked this over for a long time,” she said. “We tried to figure out what we might sing. We’ve come up with a good selection and we’re doing it. We went through a lot of decisions of what we should be singing and came up with the things that felt best.
“We always look for great songs,” Collins continued. “That’s the key. The real driving force is great songs and wherever they are, they can be suggested or we can think of them, but what we settle on is great songs that are appropriate for us to sing and feel good in the voice. We’ve done that with the material on this album.”
Collins has enjoyed her time performing with her old friend.
“It’s a great privilege to be doing this with Stephen,” she said. “He is a genius and a brilliant guitarist and I get to hear him live every night. It’s not bad. We have a ball. We’re really cooking and the music is tight. The songs are great. We’re adding other things so we have alternatives. It’s such fun.”
WANT TO GO?
Who: Stills & Collins
Where: Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton
When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 11
Cost: Tickets start at $38
More info: 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com