Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New CHRIS HILLMAN CD featuring Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Tom Petty, Herb Pedersen, Jaydee Maness and more

Bidin’ My Time, the first new solo album in more than a decade by CHRIS HILLMAN, a founding member of The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas and the Desert Rose Band, will be released on Sept. 22 via Rounder Records. Tom Petty produced the album at his studio in Southern California, and Hillman’s longtime collaborator and co-founder of the Desert Rose Band, Herb Pedersen, served as executive producer.
Featured performers and guests on the recording include Byrds co-founders David Crosby and Roger McGuinn; Desert Rose Band alumni Pedersen, John Jorgenson and Jay Dee Maness; Petty and fellow Heartbreakers Mike Campbell, Steve Ferrone, and Benmont Tench.

The album kicks off with a new recording of Pete Seeger’s and Welsh poet Idris Davies’ “The Bells of Rhymney,” which the Byrds recorded for their debut album, Mr. Tambourine Man. Crosby and Pedersen contribute harmonies to the tune. “I decided to cut it again because I wanted to sing with David and Herb, two great tenors,” Hillman said in a press release. “David just loves Herb’s singing, and at 75 years old, David is still a powerful singer, one of the best I’ve ever worked with or been around.”

Another Byrds nod, “Here She Comes Again,” was co-written by Hillman and McGuinn, and until now, had only been recorded on a live album in Australia. Hillman plays bass on the track—the instrument he originally played with the Byrds but hadn’t picked up in more than 30 years. “She Don’t Care About Time,” the original B-side to “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” was written by Byrds co-founder Gene Clark, who died in 1991.

Hillman also reworks “Old John Robertson,” first featured on The Notorious Byrd Brothers in 1968, as “New Old John Robertson.” The album also includes interpretations of the Everly Brothers’ “Walk Right Back,” Petty’s “Wildflowers” and “When I Get a Little Money,” written by family friend Nathan Barrow. See the full track listing below.
1.     Bells of Rhymney
2.     Bidin’ My Time
3.     Given All I Can See
4.     Different Rivers
5.     Here She Comes Again
6.     Walk Right Back
7.     Such Is The World That We Live In
8.     When I Get a Little Money
9.     She Don’t Care About Time
10.   New Old John Robertson
11.   Restless
12.   Wildflowers

Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen (with John Jorgenson) have announced a series of tour dates for this fall.

Tour Dates
 9/21 Sellersville, PA/Sellersville Theatre
9/22 New York, NY/City Winery
9/23 Fall River, MA/Narrows Center for the Arts
9/24 Boston, MA/City Winery
9/26 Alexandria, VA/The Birchmere
9/29 Duluth, GA/The Red Clay Theatre
10/1 Nashville, TN/City Winery
10/4 Newport, KY/Southgate House Revival
10/5 Kent, OH/Kent Stage
10/6 Chicago, IL/Old Town School of Folk Music
10/7 Edwardsville, IL/The Wildey Theatre
10/12 Bakersfield, CA/Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace
10/13 Berkeley, CA/Freight & Salvage
10/16 West Hollywood, CA/The Troubadour
10/26-28 Park City, UT/The Egyptian Theatre
11/8 Baton Rouge, LA/Red Dragon Listening Room
11/9 The Woodlands, TX/Dosey Doe Barn
11/10 Austin, TX/Texas Union Theater
1/27/18 Thousand Oaks, CA/Scherr Theatre

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

John York Concerts

John York, Two shows

John York: I Think I'm Goin' Back featuring Matt Cartsonis

Saturday June 24th, 7:00 pm, $20

The Coffee Gallery Backstage

2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001

Reservations: 626-798-6236

John York, formerly of The Byrds, is one of the key players in California country-rock in the L.A. area. He is also one of five surviving members of The Byrds. He recorded three albums  with the band as bass player and vocalist in 1968:  Dr Byrd and Mr Hyde, The Ballad of Easy Rider and Live at the Fillmore.
For this very special event John will be focusing on songs from these three Byrds albums and bring back the signature Byrds sound as well as give the songs his own twist, which is unique, dynamic and entertaining. As a member of one of rock's most historic and loved bands, come see John York 'go back' to the music that helped form his youth as one of L.A.'s legendary country-rock artists.
Matt Cartsonis was called 'Sin City's Sideman' by the Americana-roots country e-zine, Turnstyled Junkpiled. He has played on the same stage and recorded in the same studios with Warren Zevon, Pete Seeger, Jennifer Warnes, David Bromberg, Steve Martin and Glen Campbell. His most recent collaboration with John McCuen has landed him twice on the legendary Grand Ole Opry broadcast in Nashville. McCuen's hit album, Made in Brooklyn, which features Matt on guitar, mandolin and vocals, is a Grammy bound masterpiece



John York, Billy Darnell & Chad Watson

Friday, July 7th, 2017, 8pm  $20

The Coffee Gallery Backstage

2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001

Reservations: 626-798-6236

www.coffeegallery.com  bstane@earthlink.net

The best music this side of Bob Dylan and the Band.

Guitar heaven with former members of the BYRDS.

JOHN YORK is a former member of the legendary Byrds, and currently touring with Barry McGuire. He has played with P.F. Sloan, The Mamas and the Papas, Dr. John, Johnny Rivers, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, The Sir Douglas Quintet,  Nicky Hopkins, and Blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins.

BILLY DARNELL, who played guitar for the Gene Clark Byrds, The Everly Brothers, Dr. John, Doug Kershaw, and Roger McGuinn,

CHAD WATSON, amazing bass player for Janis Ian, Delaney Bramlett, Charlie Rich, Freddy Fender and countless other artists.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New CHRIS HILLMAN / HERB PEDERSEN CD to be released soon

The  soon-to-be-released new Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen recording.

Release date: september 22, 2017

And the title of this Tom Petty-produced album will be:

"BIDIN' MY TIME"  on Rounder Records.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Requiem For The Timeless - Volume 2 by Johnny Rogan - Imminent Release

Author Johnny Rogan kindly informed us of the imminent release of the second volume of "Requiem For The Timeless".

This volume is subtitled "The Lives And Tragic Deaths Of Gene Clark, Michael Clarke, Kevin Kelley, Gram Parsons, Clarence White and Skip Battin"

A must-read, must-have for Byrds fans.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

David Crosby on The Beatles' "Lovely Rita"?

From ROLLING STONE    28.05.2017
After recording 'Lovely Rita' instrumental backing track, the Beatles reconvened the following day to tackle the vocals. As they worked, a pair of pop stars dropped by to join them: Tony Hicks of the Hollies and David Crosby of the Byrds. The Beatles had grown particularly close to Crosby during an extended stay in Los Angeles as part of their 1965 U.S. tour, even dropping acid with him and fellow Byrd Jim McGuinn. The groups would continue to a share a great affinity for one another – particularly George Harrison and McGuinn, who emboldened one another to incorporate Indian modes into Western pop with their jangling Rickenbacker 12-strings.
All of the Beatles valued Crosby's opinion, so when he stopped by Abbey Road they were eager to play him some of their latest work. "I was, as near as I know, the first human being besides them and George Martin and the engineers to hear 'A Day in the Life,'" Crosby recalled in an interview with Filter. "I was high as a kite – so high I was hunting geese with a rake. They sat me down; they had huge speakers, like coffins with wheels, that they rolled up on either side of the stool. By the time it got to the end of that piano chord, man, my brains were on the floor."
Also on hand that night was Leslie Bryce, the staff photographer from The Beatles Book Monthly magazine, who took several photos of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Crosby gathered around a microphone. The accompanying article insinuates that Crosby added backup vocals on "Lovely Rita," but his contribution, if it ever existed (Crosby never says it did), was not used. However, at some point Paul said, 'We need backup vocals on this. This is what I want you to sing.' So David Crosby went in there and sang backup vocals on 'Lovely Rita.'" .
The Beatles would revisit "Lovely Rita" on March 7th, when they tackled a series of unconventional overdubs. In his 2006 memoir, Geoff Emerick recalls the band "standing around a single microphone humming through a comb and paper, each priceless Beatle comb carefully wrapped with a single layer of the standard issue extra-scratchy EMI toilet paper that we were all constantly complaining about." To achieve a kazoo effect, Mal Evans had been dispatched to the studio bathrooms to collect several rolls ...

Thursday, May 18, 2017

R.I.P. Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson, well-known west coast-based bass player, passed away on Sunday afternoon, April 30, 2017. He was 70 years old.

He was a life-long musician, gifted instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, who, following his return from military service in Vietnam, played continuously with local and national bands, playing old-time, bluegrass, and country music mostly in Los Angeles and the wider California area.

Bryson was a significant member of The Bluegrass Cardinals, The Desert Rose Band, The Laurel Canyon Ramblers. He also toured with Country Gazette and recorded with The Dillards and Rose Maddox.

R.I.P. Bill Bryson

Monday, May 1, 2017

New Chris Hillman Album In The Make

Hillman, now 73, learned from and remembers the strengths of every band he has played in, and their members are still friends.  

David Crosby sings on his upcoming album, and Roger McGuinn has lent a guitar riff for an unrecorded Byrds melody, "Here She Comes Again," on the disc that will come out in September.

Herb Pedersen offered the record project to Hillman, and he, Pedersen and Jorgenson worked with an impressive co-producer: rock elder statesman Tom Petty.

"He's a wonderful man, one of the sweetest guys in the business," Hillman declared. "I’ve never come across a more humble man, considering the position he's in and what a career he had."
His text proof is The Heartbreakers, Petty's band, who have stayed with him for more than 35 years, Hillman added. He had the supreme luxury of incorporating some Heartbreakers backup into his new album.

"We had a such a good time. And unbeknownst to me at the time, it became sort of a conceptual project covering my musical styles."