Wednesday, February 6, 2019

New STARBYRD cd: Tribute to Tom Petty now available

Starbyrd Newsletter

Starbyrd are pleased to announce the release of their new album:

Listen To The Wind - A Tribute To Tom Petty

Starbyrd's new album features a number of renowned guest musicians from the USA:
Karen Osterloh-Scot Hoffman-Steve Schaible & Ray St.Clair, with also Manfred Teßmer & Burckhard Thönissen of the Cologne-based band "The Sixtys"


Listen To The Wind
American Girl
I Won't Back Down
The Waiting
Into The Great Wide Open;
Running Down A Dream
A Face In The Crowd
Learning To Fly
King Of The Hill
Unknown Friend II
Listen to the Wind (Reprise)
Bonus Track
Wildflowers (Alternative Mix)

Extract from the liner notes written by "Jangle On" columnist Eric Sorensen:

"The tragic news that Tom Petty had passed away on October 2nd, 2017 left a large void in the rock music universe (….).Horst-Peter Schmidt, the gifted and prolific German singer/songwriter who has fronted Different Faces and Starbyrd, has a similar strong connection to Tom Petty’s music (….). Sometime late in 2017 or early in 2018, we discussed the idea of a Tom Petty tribute song. The concept then grew from a single tribute song to a CD-EP and eventually into this full-length CD. Joining Starbyrd on this tribute album are fellow Petty enthusiasts Manfred Tessmer and Burckhard Thoenissen. The “Starbyrd West” contingent includes Karen Osterloh, Scot Hoffman, Steve Schaible and Ray St. Clair (….).

Listen To The Wind features two original tribute songs that serve as bookends to nine reverential cover songs that are among Starbyrd's favorite Tom Petty songs (….). Whether you are a diehard fan or a casual fan of Tom Petty, you will dig these fresh takes on classic Tom Petty songs and you will appreciate the sometimes haunting vocal and instrumental similarities between the original tracks and these cover songs. “Listen To The Wind” and you’ll hear Thomas Earl singing about his American Girl!

The album is available as digital download from

or in physical form by writing an email to


€ 12,99 (Digital Download)
€ 14,99 (Hard Copy) & Postage

Postage (Germany)* €3,70 (regular mail) € 6,20 (registered mail)
Postage (Europe/World)* €3,70 (regular mail) € 6,20 (registered mail)

We strongly recommend having your CD sent by registered mail. We cannot be held responsible for any losses.

Payment for physical CDs:

(Customer Service)

A word about the postage fees:

The German post service has increased its prices. Since the start of the New Year, they want 16,00 Euros for shipping a CD, which is outrageous and unacceptable for us and our customers.

If we sent the CD without the jewel case as a "letter", the postage will be 3,70 Euros (regular postage) and 6,20 Euros (registered mail - which we recommend).

So the total price including postage will be 18,69 Euros or 21,19 Euros payable to our Paypal account unless you decide to choose the "jewel case option" which means 30,99 Euros (as we don't want to support DHL's price policy, we would like to dissuade you from choosing this option.).

John York Sings Bob Dylan concert


Sunday, February 17, 2019, 7pm


The Coffee Gallery Backstage

2029 N. Lake Ave.

Altadena CA, 91001

Reservations: 626-798-6236

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Clarence White with Herb Alpert

A long time penfriend and correspondant just sent us a notice about Clarence White's playing a solo on "Country Lake", a track from Herb Alpert's LP " The Brass Are Comin' " from 1969.

We didn't know about that; nice find.

We don't know (yet) if Clarence is credited on the gatefold cover, but his participation has been confirmed by Gene Parsons (via Camille Parsons) and Bob Warford.

Listen here:

Sunday, December 23, 2018

R.I.P. Bill Rinehart April 2017

Update 2019-01-09

I received two messages about this article, one that was kind and polite and another that was insulting. So I deleted most of the text, keeping it to basics.

A regular visitor made us aware of the passing last year (April 2017) of ex-Gene Clark collaborator Bill Rinehart.

William Barbour Rheinhart was a founding member of The Leaves, The Gene Clark Group and The Merry-Go-Round.

He wrote or co-wrote many songs for all groups he was a member of, as well as for many other famous (and less-famous) artists.

Hear Runaway from his solo LP here:

If you own his LP called "Dynamite" or if you know where to buy it or if you have a digital copy, please get in touch with us.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

John York Concerts


John York, Billy Darnell & Chad Watson

Friday November 16, 2018, 8pm 

The Coffee Gallery Backstage

2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001

Reservations: 626-798-6236


Benefit Concert for the Prison Library Project

Saturday, December 8, 2018 7:00pm

The Claremont Forum

568 West First St. Claremont CA 91711

Reservations: 909-626-3066 

Tickets are available at the Claremont Forum Now!!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

New Byrds Article by David Chirko

Our correspondent David Chirko sent us a link to a new article that he wrote.

Read it here:

Thanks David.

New Byrds book published (from Italy)

A new Byrds book has just been published, written by Italian Byrds fans Paolo “Crazy” Carnevale and Raffaele Galli.

The book came out at the end of September 2018 and is published by Arcana, the most important publishing company for musical books in Italy. In the seventies, they released the Italian version of Anthony Scaduto’s  biography of Bob Dylan, and they still have the autobiography of Frank Zappa in their catalogue.

The book includes the story of the Byrds, of their records, and of the tentative reunions through the years.

A second part is dedicated to the relation between the group and Bob Dylan, and between the group and Tom Petty, and to an essay about the strength of the live Byrds in the seventies.

In the third part, there is a discography, a commented bibliography and a selection of the best covers of their songs.

And finally the interviews, done exclusively for the book (with Roger McGuinn, Gene Parsons, John York, Jimmi Seiter, Sid Griffin, with fans Pietro Noè and Thomas Aubrunner), and a story by Bill Sweeney about the penultimate Byrds concert and a never released memorial written by Skip Battin in the mid-eighties.

The book is written in Italian and is available from: