Chris Nole applauds masterful troubadour John Denver

John Denver’s 1994–1997 touring keyboardist Chris Nole waxes nostalgic about his late musical mentor during an exclusive, sweeping conversation. Do you want to know a secret? A strikingly sexy John Denver, sporting a simple heart-shaped pendant, is captured during a photo session in New York City, circa 1982. Photography by Ebet Roberts / Redferns
Circa August 9, 1994, John Denver and Chris Nole happily pose backstage at the Valley Forge Music Fair in Devon, Pennsylvania. Image courtesy of Chris Nole

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Guitarist Jim Salestrom, pianist Chris Nole, saxophone / woodwinds expert Jim Horn, bassist Alan Deremo, and drummer Nate Barnes are the group responsible for the live portion of the multimedia John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert. Here they are on February 1, 2013, backstage at the Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, New York. Only Barnes did not actually tour with the singer while he was still living. Photography by Michael Weintrob
Recorded live on February 23 and 24, 1995, before a specially invited audience of 300 fans at Sony Music Studios in New York, incidentally the site of many “MTV Unplugged” sessions, presenting the cover of John Denver’s RIAA gold-certified “The Wildlife Concert.” Image Credit: Legacy Recordings
Released on July 15, 1997, the nature-inspired cover of John Denver’s “Love Again: Greatest & Latest,” available in various configurations to this day. Chris Nole covered keyboards throughout the sessions. Image Credit: The Estate of John Denver
The cover of the Grammy-winning “All Aboard!,” released on August 26, 1997, a mere seven weeks before John Denver’s shocking demise. The record serves as Chris Nole’s second and final studio collaboration with his late musical confidant. Image Credit: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
A vividly dressed John Denver and keyboardist Chris Nole pose alongside the star’s tour bus at the Harbor Lights Pavilion [renamed the Bank of America Pavilion] in Boston, circa September 9, 1995. The show was officially released in 2002 as “The Harbor Lights Concert.” Image courtesy of Chris Nole
Pianist Chris Nole, drummer Nate Barnes, bassist Alan Deremo, guitarist Jim Salestrom, and saxophonist / woodwinds expert Jim Horn prepare to take a bow after delivering a well-received John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert at the Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, New York, on February 1, 2013. Photography by Michael Weintrob
On November 19, 2013, Chris Nole ably tackles a piano lick during a stop at the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, Florida, on the John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert tour. Photography by Jeremy Roberts

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