Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn re-cuts iconic song for anticipated movie soundtrack Album features Ricky Skaggs and Emmylou Harris.

The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn re-cuts iconic song for anticipated movie soundtrack Album features Ricky Skaggs and Emmylou Harris.

August 14, 2014 (Nashville, Tenn.)

Ancient biblical text that inspired The Byrds’ No. 1 hit “Turn! Turn! Turn!” will now provide a cinematic backdrop for the provocative new film, THE SONG, releasing nationwide from Samuel Goldwyn Films and City On a Hill Studio on September 26. 
In honor of the film, The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn has re-arranged the band’s timeless classic for THE SONG ALBUM, which will release September 16 from Capitol Records (Christian Music Group). 
The 15-track project features musical icons such as Ricky Skaggs, Americana Vocalist of the Year Emmylou Harris and McGuinn. 
“‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’, based on the book of Ecclesiastes, is my favorite song,” says rock legend Roger McGuinn. “It was a pleasure to work with Ricky, Emmylou, and friends to re-record this version for the movie and soundtrack.” 
Recorded in the heart of Music City, Nashville, Tenn., renowned musicians put their own spin on the iconic lyrics of “Turn! Turn! Turn!” in a new recording which features collaboration by McGuinn, Skaggs and Harris. 
The classic song is based on Scriptures written by Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes. THE SONG ALBUM also features 11 original American Roots songs, also inspired by the life and writings of Solomon, as well as four classic hits with new musical arrangements. 
Emmylou Harris’ involvement with the project benefits her charity Bonaparte’s Retreat, a rescue that is dedicated to providing nurturing care for adoptable dogs when their dog allotted time at the shelter has elapsed. 
Of course Richard Ramsey (writer and director) had a dream list of history makers in Americana Music, and yes Emmylou Harris was at the tip top of the list. 
With Roger McGuinn, Ricky Skaggs and Jerry Douglas on board it became bigger than any dream team to round out this project and take it to an incredible place.”

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BYRDS meet happy fans in London, 1967

Writes Bob Parsons:

The Byrds had a small get together for die-hard fans at the Round House in London on Saturday 25th February 1967.

I was there along with my good friends Tony Poole and Ross McGeeney, both later to find fame with 'Starry Eyed and Laughing', who seven short years later (April 28, 1974) played the Roundhouse alongside Michael Nesmith and Red Rhodes (amongst others). Simple twist of fate!

Back to 1967 however; in true fan style we 'discovered' that the band were staying at the White House Hotel on Regent’s Park in London, so we all strode off and blagged the number of "Mr. McGuinn"'s suite from the front desk. Up we went and had the briefest of conversations with the great man, and emboldened by that knocked on the door opposite to find it answered by the ever voluble David Crosby! Wow, David spent what seemed like hours with us discussing all manner of subjects (I should have said we were 3 spotty faced schoolboys!!) and to this day none of us have forgotten the experience or his kindness.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO to be performed in Brooklyn, August 30, 2014

The Way Station Presents

The Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo Tribute

Five Bands Reinterpret This Seminal 1968 Release 

 Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9pm-12am, $5 suggested donation 

The Way Station continues their Tribute Series by honoring trailblazers of rock ‘n' roll, The Byrds, by celebrating the 46th anniversary (to the day) of their release of Sweetheart Of The Rodeo on Saturday, August 30th from 9pm-12am.

Performing the entire Legacy Edition of the record will be Jordan Renzi, The Sensational Country Blues Wonders, The Cornell Brothers, Bourbon Express and The DiveBombers. Don't miss a single track as re-imagined by these most reverential performers.

From folk rock to psychedelic hippie pop, The Byrds were pioneers of rock ‘n' roll from the start. However it wasn't until 1968, when they hitched their wagon to Gram Parsons, that they left their indelible mark on American music with their seminal album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo. The traditional forms of folk, bluegrass and gospel laid the foundation for the very first major country rock album, and forged the creation of what became known as “Cosmic American Music”.  

Line-up and album tracks:

9pm - Jordan Renzi

1. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
2. I Am a Pilgrim 

9:20pm - The Sensational Country Blues Wonders

3. The Christian Life
4. You Don't Miss The Water
5. You're Still On My Mind

9:50pm - The Cornell Brothers

6. Pretty Boy Floyd
7. Hickory Wind
8. One Hundred Years From Now
9. Blue Canadian Rockies

10:30pm -
Bourbon Express

10. Life In Prison
11. Nothing Was Delivered
12. All I Have Are Memories

11pm -
The DiveBombers

13. You Got A Reputation
14. Pretty Polly
15. Lazy Days

Contact: James Coyle, Assistant Director of Programs                                                                         
The Way Station
683 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238