Stills & Nash saw what David Byrne missed

Photograph by Thom Vollenweider

Eve Selis and Marc Intravaia got to work and found the magic.

Since 1991, Kearny High grad graduate Marc Intravaia has collaborated musically with Eve Selis, who won Best Americana or Country at the 2008 San Diego Music Awards. one for so long, ”says Intravaia,“ is that you and your coworker can work and create fairly seamlessly, because there is an innate connection built on trust and honesty. The hardest part about such a long collaboration is that each partner can move in different directions, just like we did. “

Intravaia’s resume dates back to the late ’60s, with Kearny Mesa-based Marshmallow Highway, followed by stints with Head County and then Listen, which landed songs on the KGB. House albums. He went on to perform with Kenny Loggins, Kim Carnes, America, Suzy Bogguss and BJ Thomas, as well as locally with Back To The Garden (recreating the sounds of Laurel Canyon from the 60s-70s) and his longtime stint with Eve Bande de Selis. Selis and Intravaia teamed up with Jeff Berkley and Calman Hart (of Berkley Hart), to record a CSNY-style album featured as Berkley Hart Selis Twang.

Regarding his collaborations with Selis, he says, “My most memorable moment was opening for Crosby Stills and Nash in 1996, and playing a long Guitar hero– solo type at the end of our set with a very enthusiastic response from the crowd. When we left the stage, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash were waiting for us, and they patted me on the back and shook my hand.

Intravaia also mentions the time he and Selis randomly encountered Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. “We actually had no idea he would be there at the Mike Post studio. We were invited by a guy from the music industry who really liked our band [Rick Elias Band] and wanted to talk business with us and said to meet him there after our set. We were taken into the studio. We all sat down as they put on a scene from Stop making sense, although we had no idea it was even a movie at the time. We just knew it was David Byrne on that video screen in the studio … no iPhone at the time to document the moment, but it did. We invited David over for lunch at Denny’s, but he declined which was probably a good thing as we would have been very impressed and would have watched him the entire time.

Eve Selis has performed on CNBC, ESPN, and the BBC, as well as opening act for Travis Tritt, the Doobie Brothers, Joan Osborne, Heart, Dwight Yoakam, and Hootie & the Blowfish. She lives in Nashville, but recently returned to San Diego long enough for the couple to host a 30-year celebration concert. “Playing music with Marc Intravaia has always been a joy for me,” she says. “That’s not to say that every gig was great or fun. Sometimes music can be work, and not so much fun. But most of all, it’s just an amazing spiritual experience. When you share the stage with someone so talented and kind and musically connected to your soul, then it’s magic. That’s what it’s like to be on stage with Marc Intravaia. Plus, he’s a badass world-class guitarist. For my daughter to join us on stage was the icing on the cake.

Even so, Selis once posted online that the two would no longer record together. “We haven’t had a fight or an eruption or anything of that nature,” says Intravaia. “The point is, we just drifted apart musically. It’s been happening for a few years and now she’s on a much different path than mine. ”

At the moment, the duo have no plans for the next live shows, although Intravaia has said: “I am sure we will be working together several times this year. [2022]. We still really enjoy playing together live. She is a world-class singer and an absolute powerhouse. The most important thing to say about our 30 years of working together is that we are still best friends in the world. “

Elizabeth J. Harless