Monday, June 4, 2018

Roger McGuinn & Chris HIllman tour of Sweetheart Of The Rodeo

ROLLING STONE  4.06.2018

The Byrds' Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman will mark the 50th anniversary of the band's pioneering country-rock album Sweetheart of the Rodeo with a tour that begins this summer. Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives will also join McGuinn and Hillman onstage, where the Byrds duo will perform songs and tell the stories behind the 1968 LP, one of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. "Driven by new member Gram Parsons, the Byrds nailed a bold Nashville classicism, dressing Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard songs in steel guitar and rock & roll drive," Rolling Stone wrote in 2012. "The results set the stage for country rock."
"On March 9, 1968, Roger McGuinn and I along with many fantastic musicians began recording the Sweetheart of the Rodeo album at Columbia Studios in Nashville," Chris Hillman said in a statement. "It was truly a pivotal moment in our lives taking a turn toward the music we always felt a strong kinship with. We are honored that it has left a strong, long lasting impression on country and rock music."
McGuinn added, "We're all looking forward to taking the fans through the back pages of the recording. The concert will include songs that led up to that ground breaking trip to Nashville and all the songs from the album." 
McGuinn and Hillman will also appear onstage together during Marty Stuart's Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday. Stuart performs live with a 1954 Fender Telecaster previously owned by guitarist Clarence White, who played on Sweetheart of the Rodeo.
"The Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo recording stands as a milestone in American music. I bought my first copy of the record in 1972," Stuart said in a statement. "Upon my first listen, I was mesmerized at the effect of the combined power Country music, Rock & Roll, Bluegrass, Gospel and Folk music had on me. From that day forward, I considered Sweetheart of the Rodeo a blueprint as to how I should live my musical life."
Organizers announced the first five Sweetheart of the Rodeo tour dates, with more gigs set to be announced soon.
Sweetheart of the Rodeo Tour

July 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Ace Hotel
July 29 – Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery
September 18 – Albany, NY @ Hart Theater
September 20 – Hopewell, VA @ Beacon Theatre
October 3 – Akron, OH @ Akron Civic

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Byrds Live In Amsterdam 1970 to be released on CD

The famous concert by The Byrds at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands on July 7th, 1970, is planned for release on July 20th, 2018 on another in the "grey zone" semi-legal CD.

The complete concert was first released in 1990 on a green vinyl triple LP on the Swingin' Pig label. It was simultaneously released on a double CD by the same label. It was later re-released in various forms and formats since then.

Please note that the semi-legal semi-bootleggers used a picture of the wrong lineup with John York on the front cover found on an online shop - the bass player is of course Clyde "Skip" Battin.

From another source (another webshop), another front cover was printed.

R.I.P. Randy Scruggs

We just learned of the passing of Randy Scruggs on April 18th, 2018.

Randy Scruggs, as a member of The Scruggs Family, appeared alongside The Byrds on the "Earl Scruggs, His Family And Friends" LP and movie.

Two songs were performed: "You Ain't Going Nowhere" and "Nothin' To It".

Also appearing on the movie and LP with Randy Scruggs were Bob Dylan, Doc Watson, Joan Baez and more...

The Byrds segments are here (excerpts from the movie):


Sunday, May 27, 2018

John York concerts in June

Popular Demand!! 


Benefit Concert for the Prison Library Project

Saturday, June 16, 2018 7:00pm

The Claremont Forum
568 West First St. Claremont CA 91711

Tickets are available at: 909-626-3066

John York:

3 Bs….Byrds, Beatles and the Band

Sunday June 24th, 7pm, $20

The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001

Reservations: 626-798-6236