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

There is a new Gene Clark website under development at

https://www.gene-clark.com/

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