Thursday, August 19, 2021

R.I.P. Byron Berline July 10, 2021

We just learned of the passing on July 10, of fiddle player Byron Berline, associated with The Byrds and an ex-member of The Flying Burrito Brothers among many other artists and bands. 

"Berline was a member of Bill Monroe’s BlueGrass Boys — with whom he co-wrote and recorded the bluegrass standard “Gold Rush” in 1967 — before going on to become aligned with a generation of country-rockers as well as traditionalists.

He’s known to Rolling Stones fans for having played on “Country Honk,” a variation on “Honky Tonk Women” that appeared on the band’s classic 1969 “Let It Bleed” album, and to Dylan enthusiasts for taking part in the “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” film soundtrack sessions. In the early ’70s, he briefly joined the Flying Burrito Brothers and Stephen Stills’ Manassas.

Other artists Berline recorded with include Elton John, the Byrds, the Band, Gram Parsons, the Dillards, the Doobie Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Rod Stewart, Gene Clark, Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, the Eagles, Bill Wyman, Tammy Wynette and Doc Watson."

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Saturday, August 14, 2021

David Crosby - 80 Years Young Today

David Van Cortlandt Crosby turns 80 today.

The ex-Byrd’s erratic lifestyle didn’t make him the perfect candidate for reaching that age.

Who would have thought he would still be going strong and be so prolific today?

Happy Byrd-day David!

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Updated list of Byrds Covers (and more) by David Chirko


All written / recorded (1964-1973) by Byrds, incl. some songs members wrote / performed before joining Byrds; excl.  bootlegs, MP3's, DVD's, promos (unless sold in retail outlets) & unreleased recordings. 


Download it here:

Compiled by David Chirko, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada  &

Many thanks to David.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Yes! David Crosby New Album To Be Released On July 23rd


 ROLLING STONE     May 20, 2021

David Crosby’s new album For Free is arriving July 23rd, less than a month before his 80th birthday. It features collaborations with Michael McDonald, Donald Fagen, Sarah Jarosz, and James Raymond, his son and longtime bandmate.


“With a transcendent quality that lies somewhere between poetry, prayer, and wild-eyed rock 'n' roll,” reads the official album announcement, “For Free" yet again reveals Crosby’s rare gift for imparting essential truths with both undeniable warmth and a profound sense of wonder”.


The album opens with “River Rise", written by Raymond and McDonald. “‘River Rise’ came from wanting to write something very evocative of California, but almost with a country-song perspective”, Raymond says, “something that speaks to the empowerment of the everyman or everywoman”.


The title track is a cover of a 1970 Joni Mitchell song from her classic LP Ladies Of The Canyon. “Joni’s the greatest living singer/songwriter, and ‘For Free’ is one of her simplest”, Crosby says in a statement. “It’s one of my favorite songs because I love what it says about the spirit of music and what compels you to play”.


Another song, “Rodriguez For A Night”, was written specifically for the project by Fagen. “It’s really fucking good, man”, Crosby told Rollin Stone last year “I’m so honored he gave us a set of words. I’ve been asking him for a couple of years. He started to trust us, I think. It took a long time, but he gave us a set of words that are really wonderful and we just wrote the shit out of them”.


For Free is Crosby’s fifth solo album since 2014. Prior to that, he’d only released three solo albums throughout his entire career. He’s been off the road since the pandemic started, and he recently sold his publshing to Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group to make up for the loss in income.


“I think people are going to love this record”, he told Rolling Stone last year. “I think people are going to like the music. And that is great. That is what I’m holding onto, fiercely, to try and get through all the crazy. And there’s a lot of crazy”.

Monday, May 17, 2021

David Crosby new CD in July?


Is this an announcement for a new CD?