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."

New Gene Clark website

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

R.I.P. Gregg Thomas and Pat Robinson

Drummer Gregg Thomas, who played with McGuinn, Clark & Hillman, Gene Clark's Byrds Tribute, Roger McGuinn's Thunderbyrd, Neil Young, and many others passed away on March 27, due to complications from Parkinson's disease.

Songwriter, engineer, producer, singer, multi-instrumentalist Pat Robinson, who co-authored (among many others) "My Marie" with Gene Clark, passed away about eight months ago.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

John York Concerts (April-May 2017)

John York in San Diego in April.

He is going to do "YORK sings DYLAN" show in May in Altadena CA.
John York Solo
Saturday, April 29th, 8:15pm Free
Adams Avenue Unplugged in San Diego
Normal Heights Church
4650 Mansfield St. San Diego CA

Sunday, May 7th, 2017, 7pm $20
The Coffee Gallery Back Stage
2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001
Reservations: 626-798-6236

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Gene Parsons on soon to be released CD by Gwyneth Moreland

Another one that Morgan Daniel (from Foxglove) brought to our attention

Artist: Gwyneth Moreland
Album: Cider

Song list:
1. Movin' On
2. Broken Road
3. Little Bird
4. Farmhouse
5. Eloise
6. The California Zephyr (Gene Parsons on banjo, vocals)
7. Your Smile
8. Danny Parker (Gene Parsons on banjo)
9. Cider (Gene Parsons on pedal steel)
10. Summer Song

Label: Blue Rose Music
Year: 2017

Gene Parsons guests on a 2004 CD by Foxglove

This one has been brought to our attention by Morgan Daniel, a member of the band

Artist: Foxglove
Album: Foxglove

Song list: 
1. Firefly
2. Spinning World
3. Good Sense
4. Tongues of Fire (feat. Gene Parsons)
5. 10 Degrees and Getting Colder
6. Angel
7. Stars Slip By (feat. Gene Parsons)
8. Liberate Me
9. One of These Days
10. Storms Are one the Ocean
11. Adrenaline and Electricity
12. Rock of Ages

Label: independently released.
Year: 2004

Monday, March 6, 2017

John York Concerts - Jangle, Beatles, Ballad Of Easy Rider, Dylan

John York, Billy Darnell & Chad Watson
Friday, March 10, 2017, 8pm  $20
The Coffee Gallery Back Stage
2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001
Reservations: 626-798-6236
John on BEATLES RADIO show
Sunday, March 12, 9am-12noon
John York sings The BALLAD of EASY RIDER
Friday, March 17, 8pm $20
3101 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405

Sunday, March 19th,6pm
32001 Agoura Rd Westlake Village, CA 91361

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Two Barry McGuire / John York CDs we weren't aware of...

Two Barry McGuire / John York CDs that were brought to our attention by our French correspondent Jean-Pierre Morisset – Many thanks to him.

First :


Songs on this CD are Proud Mary, Get Together, Eve of Destruction, Splish Splash, Carpenter, Dream A Little Dream, Johnny B Good, Somewhere Only We Know, Frozen, Country Road, and When My Morning Comes Around. 



Songs on this CD are Everybody's Talkin', Somewhere Only We know, Frozen, If I Were A Carpenter, Reason To Believe, What A Day For A Daydream, Dophins, When My Morning Comes Around, Accoustic EVE, and In My Life. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

New CD by Gene Parsons (and David Hayes) now available

Good news from Mendocino:

Gene Parsons and David Hayes have a new CD available for purchase.

You can get it from this webpage:

Ricky Mantoan R.I.P.

Our Italian correspondent Paolo C. just informed us of the passing of Ricky Mantoan.

Ricky Mantoan was an Italian country rock guitarist and singer, who worked a lot with Skip Battin and played  with Roger Mc Guinn, Sneaky Pete, Gene Parsons, John York and The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Byrds Celebration, all of them belonging to the big Byrds family.

He was a member of the Flying Burrito Brothers for their 1984 Italian tour and appears on the LP  Flying Burrito Brothers: Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Skip Battin, Ricky Mantoan: Live in Italy” released in 1985.

Here’s a special page dedicated to Ricky Mantoan on the Byrds Flyght website:


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Chris And Herb Concert

Gene Clark Sierra Release latest news

First, a "thank you" to those of you who ordered this past week, taking advantage of the 15% discount on the entire catalog, especially on the last remaining copies for now of Sierra's newest release, "Gene Clark-The Lost Studio Sessions 1964-1982".  The album is now only copies of away from being sold out of the first edition.

Today is the last day to take advantage of the 15% discount with an order of $20.00 or more and your last opportunity until early May to purchase the new Gene Clark album as the second edition is not scheduled to arrive until early May.

Here's all you have to do to receive the 15% discount on your order. Go to the Sierra website at:

Or directly to the "MARCH 2017 SALE"  at:

Place your order of $20.00 or more,  proceed to checkout, at the bottom of the "BILLING AND SHIPPING INFORMATION" page, in the "Discount Code" box, just insert, in the box provided, the number:


You will automatically receive a 15% discount before shipping/handling charges are added. 

We urge everyone to take advantage of this discount as well as the current limited in stock of the new Gene Clark album before this sale ends at midnight, tonight, Pacific Standard Time.

Your support is vital as always to keep these and future releases available.


John Delgatto

Friday, February 17, 2017

John York, Carlo Olson, Kai Clark, Peter Lewis - Gene Clark Tribute Concert

Tribute to the music of Gene Clark
Friends of the Library Found raising concert
Kai Clark, Carla Olson, John York, Peter Lewis
Saturday, February 25, 8pm, $25
South Pasadena Library Community Room
1100 Oxley Street South Pasadena,CA 91030

John York, Billy Darnell & Chad Watson
Friday, March 10, 2017, 8pm  $20
The Coffee Gallery Back Stage
2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001
Reservations: 626-798-6236

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Roger McGuinn Box Set Released

Roger McGuinn's first 5 solo albums have re-released as a box set called "Original Album Classics"