Wednesday, November 8, 2017

John York - Byrds Beatles Band Concert

the Byrds, the Beatles and the Band 
Sun. November 19, 7pm, $20 
The Coffee Gallery Backstage

…..not Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, but the 3Bs of our shared musical experience in the 60’s and early 70’s:
 the Byrds, the Beatles and the Band. 
Ex-Byrd John York is a survivor of the perilous days of
 Rock & Roll, the last pure voice of the silver sixties to
make it into the 21st century.

For reservations: 626-798-6236
2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

New Edition Of LATE FOR THE SKY is out

From our Italian friend Paolo:

The latest issue of Late For The Sky magazine is out.

There's an interview with Gene Parsons and David Hayes about their shared record. 

Also reviews of other Byrds-connected records and a retrospective about the Byrds written by our friend Raffaele Galli.

And of course... The Byrds on the cover!

Monday, October 2, 2017

R.I.P. Tom Petty October 2, 2017

No need to tell more about his connections to The Byrds.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

R.I.P. Dennis Dragon - one of the last touring Byrds drummers

From our contributor David E.:

R.I.P. Dennis Dragon, latter-day Byrds road drummer and younger brother of Tennille's "Captain" Daryl Dragon. 
I saw Dennis play with the Byrds in Charleston, SC in either '72 or '73 - I forget the year. 
And yes, Dennis really looked like this - even on the Byrds tour. 
He was also in the touring Beach Boys band around this time. 
Terrific drummer, too! 
Later led the tongue-in-cheek but quite fun "Surf Punks". 

Many thanks to David.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Jack Tempchin new CD with Chris Hillman

Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen guest on two tracks (#6 and #10) on Jack Tempchin's CD "Peaceful Easy Feeling - The Songs Of Jack Tempchin" (released 2017)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

New John York CD

"We Seem Like The Same" was the title of a song that first appeared on a CD called "Fear And Forgiveness" by Michael Foley...who is John York Foley's brother, a CD to which John contributed as a vocalist.

No additional info for the time being. Stay tuned.

Thanks to JPM for the info. In a message to JPM, John York wrote ""The new CD is just voice and guitar".

Saturday, August 12, 2017

New book about Roger McGuinn and The Byrds

Roger McGuinn's ex-wife Dolores DeLeon (aka Ianthe McGuinn aka Ianthe Tickner aka Dolores Tickner), has just published a book titled

"In The Winds - My Life With Roger McGuinn And The Byrds"

It is generally considered very interesting by people who read it, as it sheds a different light on The Byrds and its leader's cahotic existence.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Skip Battin's Italian LPs to be released on CD at last...with bonus live CD

From Italy (via our regular correspondent Jean-Pierre M.) comes the news that both Skip Battin LPs that were released in Italy only during the 80s will soon be released on one CD, along with a 1988 live concert featuring Skip Battin and John York, which was until now only available on a bootleg CDR.

The title of this new CD is "Skip Battin's Italian Dream" and the content will be as follows:

Skip Battin - Navigator (Appaloosa 1981)

Skip Battin - Don't Go Crazy (Appaloosa 1984)

Family Tree (Skip Battin and John York with Beppe D'Angelo and Ricky Mantoan) - Live In Bolzano 1988

The CD comes with a 14 page booklet with many never seen before pictures, and liner notes in Italian (except for a one-page tribute interview with Gene Parsons).

Sunday, August 6, 2017

New DAVID CROSBY album out on September 29, 2017

David Crosby releases “Sky Trails”, his newest album on September 29, 2017. 

New material co-written with friends Michael McDonald and Joni Mitchell.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Desert Rose Band collector's item

For collectors among you Byrds fans, there currently is a sealed, rare DRB sampler for sale on eBay.

It features an alternate, different version of "She Don't Love Nobody".

I'm not connected in any way to the seller.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Requiem For The Timeless Vol. 2

John Rogan's new book just landed in my mailbox minutes ago...weeks of good reading ahead...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Gene Clark Sings For You...or does he?

Our regular visitor (and long time pen- and cyber friend) Mike M. from England has just spotted on an upcoming release list that on October 13th Omnivore Records are releasing an album titled 'Gene Clark Sings For You' - the elusive recordings hopefully...but seeing is believing.

Update 2017/07/28:

Our visitor J.P.M. asked Omnivore about it. Here's their reply:

 "We do not have anything scheduled, so I’m not sure how (or where) that information would have originated from. May I ask where you heard about it?"

Update 2017/08/02:

However, a person very well known in Byrds cirles says...

"The GCSFY is coming out I believe before the end of the year. I believe there may also be bonus tracks."

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Huge Byrds Collection For Sale

Byrds Flyght is parting with its huge collection of Byrds and Byrds-related items (records, reel-to-reel tapes, cassette tapes, CDs, CDRs, DVD, DVDrs, VHS video tapes, posters, books, magazines, etc…).

As far as records and CDs are concerned, we have a near-complete collection of every Byrds album release (official and unofficial) as well as every solo or group album release by the 11 ex-members and every participation by the 11 ex-members in other artists’ albums (except for recordings by and with David Crosby – we only have a few by him). We also have many 7’’ singles and E.P.s. Most of what we have can be viewed on Byrds Flyght’s pages.

So now is the time to get this rare item that you’ve been searching for for decades. Send an e-mail to Byrds Flyght at

with details of what you’re looking for, as well as the maximum price (including shipping) you’re willing to pay to get it. No funny low prices please. Serious offers only.

We will answer every e-mail, but of course we often have one copy only of each item. So don’t be disappointed if the answer is negative. If so, it’s either because the item has already been sold or because your offer doesn’t reach our own estimated value price. In the latter case, we will tell you so and give you a second chance to make a higher offer.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Joint Badfinger / John York concert

Saturday, August 5, 8PM, $28.50




3101 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New CHRIS HILLMAN CD featuring Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Tom Petty, Herb Pedersen, Jaydee Maness and more

Bidin’ My Time, the first new solo album in more than a decade by CHRIS HILLMAN, a founding member of The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas and the Desert Rose Band, will be released on Sept. 22 via Rounder Records. Tom Petty produced the album at his studio in Southern California, and Hillman’s longtime collaborator and co-founder of the Desert Rose Band, Herb Pedersen, served as executive producer.
Featured performers and guests on the recording include Byrds co-founders David Crosby and Roger McGuinn; Desert Rose Band alumni Pedersen, John Jorgenson and Jay Dee Maness; Petty and fellow Heartbreakers Mike Campbell, Steve Ferrone, and Benmont Tench.

The album kicks off with a new recording of Pete Seeger’s and Welsh poet Idris Davies’ “The Bells of Rhymney,” which the Byrds recorded for their debut album, Mr. Tambourine Man. Crosby and Pedersen contribute harmonies to the tune. “I decided to cut it again because I wanted to sing with David and Herb, two great tenors,” Hillman said in a press release. “David just loves Herb’s singing, and at 75 years old, David is still a powerful singer, one of the best I’ve ever worked with or been around.”

Another Byrds nod, “Here She Comes Again,” was co-written by Hillman and McGuinn, and until now, had only been recorded on a live album in Australia. Hillman plays bass on the track—the instrument he originally played with the Byrds but hadn’t picked up in more than 30 years. “She Don’t Care About Time,” the original B-side to “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” was written by Byrds co-founder Gene Clark, who died in 1991.

Hillman also reworks “Old John Robertson,” first featured on The Notorious Byrd Brothers in 1968, as “New Old John Robertson.” The album also includes interpretations of the Everly Brothers’ “Walk Right Back,” Petty’s “Wildflowers” and “When I Get a Little Money,” written by family friend Nathan Barrow. See the full track listing below.
1.     Bells of Rhymney
2.     Bidin’ My Time
3.     Given All I Can See
4.     Different Rivers
5.     Here She Comes Again
6.     Walk Right Back
7.     Such Is The World That We Live In
8.     When I Get a Little Money
9.     She Don’t Care About Time
10.   New Old John Robertson
11.   Restless
12.   Wildflowers

Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen (with John Jorgenson) have announced a series of tour dates for this fall.

Tour Dates
 9/21 Sellersville, PA/Sellersville Theatre
9/22 New York, NY/City Winery
9/23 Fall River, MA/Narrows Center for the Arts
9/24 Boston, MA/City Winery
9/26 Alexandria, VA/The Birchmere
9/29 Duluth, GA/The Red Clay Theatre
10/1 Nashville, TN/City Winery
10/4 Newport, KY/Southgate House Revival
10/5 Kent, OH/Kent Stage
10/6 Chicago, IL/Old Town School of Folk Music
10/7 Edwardsville, IL/The Wildey Theatre
10/12 Bakersfield, CA/Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace
10/13 Berkeley, CA/Freight & Salvage
10/16 West Hollywood, CA/The Troubadour
10/26-28 Park City, UT/The Egyptian Theatre
11/8 Baton Rouge, LA/Red Dragon Listening Room
11/9 The Woodlands, TX/Dosey Doe Barn
11/10 Austin, TX/Texas Union Theater
1/27/18 Thousand Oaks, CA/Scherr Theatre

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

John York Concerts

John York, Two shows

John York: I Think I'm Goin' Back featuring Matt Cartsonis

Saturday June 24th, 7:00 pm, $20

The Coffee Gallery Backstage

2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001

Reservations: 626-798-6236

John York, formerly of The Byrds, is one of the key players in California country-rock in the L.A. area. He is also one of five surviving members of The Byrds. He recorded three albums  with the band as bass player and vocalist in 1968:  Dr Byrd and Mr Hyde, The Ballad of Easy Rider and Live at the Fillmore.
For this very special event John will be focusing on songs from these three Byrds albums and bring back the signature Byrds sound as well as give the songs his own twist, which is unique, dynamic and entertaining. As a member of one of rock's most historic and loved bands, come see John York 'go back' to the music that helped form his youth as one of L.A.'s legendary country-rock artists.
Matt Cartsonis was called 'Sin City's Sideman' by the Americana-roots country e-zine, Turnstyled Junkpiled. He has played on the same stage and recorded in the same studios with Warren Zevon, Pete Seeger, Jennifer Warnes, David Bromberg, Steve Martin and Glen Campbell. His most recent collaboration with John McCuen has landed him twice on the legendary Grand Ole Opry broadcast in Nashville. McCuen's hit album, Made in Brooklyn, which features Matt on guitar, mandolin and vocals, is a Grammy bound masterpiece



John York, Billy Darnell & Chad Watson

Friday, July 7th, 2017, 8pm  $20

The Coffee Gallery Backstage

2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001

Reservations: 626-798-6236

The best music this side of Bob Dylan and the Band.

Guitar heaven with former members of the BYRDS.

JOHN YORK is a former member of the legendary Byrds, and currently touring with Barry McGuire. He has played with P.F. Sloan, The Mamas and the Papas, Dr. John, Johnny Rivers, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, The Sir Douglas Quintet,  Nicky Hopkins, and Blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins.

BILLY DARNELL, who played guitar for the Gene Clark Byrds, The Everly Brothers, Dr. John, Doug Kershaw, and Roger McGuinn,

CHAD WATSON, amazing bass player for Janis Ian, Delaney Bramlett, Charlie Rich, Freddy Fender and countless other artists.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New CHRIS HILLMAN / HERB PEDERSEN CD to be released soon

The  soon-to-be-released new Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen recording.

Release date: september 22, 2017

And the title of this Tom Petty-produced album will be:

"BIDIN' MY TIME"  on Rounder Records.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Requiem For The Timeless - Volume 2 by Johnny Rogan - Imminent Release

Author Johnny Rogan kindly informed us of the imminent release of the second volume of "Requiem For The Timeless".

This volume is subtitled "The Lives And Tragic Deaths Of Gene Clark, Michael Clarke, Kevin Kelley, Gram Parsons, Clarence White and Skip Battin"

A must-read, must-have for Byrds fans.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

David Crosby on The Beatles' "Lovely Rita"?

From ROLLING STONE    28.05.2017
After recording 'Lovely Rita' instrumental backing track, the Beatles reconvened the following day to tackle the vocals. As they worked, a pair of pop stars dropped by to join them: Tony Hicks of the Hollies and David Crosby of the Byrds. The Beatles had grown particularly close to Crosby during an extended stay in Los Angeles as part of their 1965 U.S. tour, even dropping acid with him and fellow Byrd Jim McGuinn. The groups would continue to a share a great affinity for one another – particularly George Harrison and McGuinn, who emboldened one another to incorporate Indian modes into Western pop with their jangling Rickenbacker 12-strings.
All of the Beatles valued Crosby's opinion, so when he stopped by Abbey Road they were eager to play him some of their latest work. "I was, as near as I know, the first human being besides them and George Martin and the engineers to hear 'A Day in the Life,'" Crosby recalled in an interview with Filter. "I was high as a kite – so high I was hunting geese with a rake. They sat me down; they had huge speakers, like coffins with wheels, that they rolled up on either side of the stool. By the time it got to the end of that piano chord, man, my brains were on the floor."
Also on hand that night was Leslie Bryce, the staff photographer from The Beatles Book Monthly magazine, who took several photos of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Crosby gathered around a microphone. The accompanying article insinuates that Crosby added backup vocals on "Lovely Rita," but his contribution, if it ever existed (Crosby never says it did), was not used. However, at some point Paul said, 'We need backup vocals on this. This is what I want you to sing.' So David Crosby went in there and sang backup vocals on 'Lovely Rita.'" .
The Beatles would revisit "Lovely Rita" on March 7th, when they tackled a series of unconventional overdubs. In his 2006 memoir, Geoff Emerick recalls the band "standing around a single microphone humming through a comb and paper, each priceless Beatle comb carefully wrapped with a single layer of the standard issue extra-scratchy EMI toilet paper that we were all constantly complaining about." To achieve a kazoo effect, Mal Evans had been dispatched to the studio bathrooms to collect several rolls ...

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

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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"