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
"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."