Sunday, December 23, 2018

R.I.P. Bill Rinehart April 2017

Update 2019-01-09

I received two messages about this article, one that was kind and polite and another that was insulting. So I deleted most of the text, keeping it to basics.

A regular visitor made us aware of the passing last year (April 2017) of ex-Gene Clark collaborator Bill Rinehart.

William Barbour Rheinhart was a founding member of The Leaves, The Gene Clark Group and The Merry-Go-Round.

He wrote or co-wrote many songs for all groups he was a member of, as well as for many other famous (and less-famous) artists.

Hear Runaway from his solo LP here:

If you own his LP called "Dynamite" or if you know where to buy it or if you have a digital copy, please get in touch with us.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

John York Concerts


John York, Billy Darnell & Chad Watson

Friday November 16, 2018, 8pm 

The Coffee Gallery Backstage

2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001

Reservations: 626-798-6236


Benefit Concert for the Prison Library Project

Saturday, December 8, 2018 7:00pm

The Claremont Forum

568 West First St. Claremont CA 91711

Reservations: 909-626-3066 

Tickets are available at the Claremont Forum Now!!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

New Byrds Article by David Chirko

Our correspondent David Chirko sent us a link to a new article that he wrote.

Read it here:

Thanks David.

New Byrds book published (from Italy)

A new Byrds book has just been published, written by Italian Byrds fans Paolo “Crazy” Carnevale and Raffaele Galli.

The book came out at the end of September 2018 and is published by Arcana, the most important publishing company for musical books in Italy. In the seventies, they released the Italian version of Anthony Scaduto’s  biography of Bob Dylan, and they still have the autobiography of Frank Zappa in their catalogue.

The book includes the story of the Byrds, of their records, and of the tentative reunions through the years.

A second part is dedicated to the relation between the group and Bob Dylan, and between the group and Tom Petty, and to an essay about the strength of the live Byrds in the seventies.

In the third part, there is a discography, a commented bibliography and a selection of the best covers of their songs.

And finally the interviews, done exclusively for the book (with Roger McGuinn, Gene Parsons, John York, Jimmi Seiter, Sid Griffin, with fans Pietro Noè and Thomas Aubrunner), and a story by Bill Sweeney about the penultimate Byrds concert and a never released memorial written by Skip Battin in the mid-eighties.

The book is written in Italian and is available from:

Thursday, August 30, 2018

R.I.P. Billy Ray Latham

Billy Ray Latham, the gregarious banjo player and showman with The Country Boys, The Kentucky Colonels, The Dillards and many other bluegrass bands, died on Sunday August 21, 2018 in Nashville at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was 80 years of age.

David Crosby tour and new album

David Crosby will tour the U.S. this fall with his Lighthouse Band, kicking off the five-week run on November 2nd at Seattle’s Neptune Theatre. The trek will wrap on December 8th at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. Tickets for the tour will go on sale this Friday, August 24th.

The Lighthouse Band — comprised of Becca Stevens, Michael League of Snarky Puppy and Michelle Willis — is also collaborating with Crosby on his upcoming solo album, which will be released via BMG this fall. The album will be the musician’s fourth solo album in five years, following his 2017 effort Sky Trails. Stevens, League and Willis previously worked with Crosby on the tour supporting his 2016 album Lighthouse. More details about the new album are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition, Crosby is the subject of a new documentary produced by Cameron Crowe and directed by A.J. Eaton, who has been following the musician for several years. The film, announced in April, will be the first fully-authorized documentary on Crosby and will released by BMG. “David Crosby has been near the forefront of music and social change for the last four decades”, Crowe said in a statement when the documentary was announced. “Now 76, he’s forging a new path by seeking out younger musicians and trying to make a mark in a world now so different from the generation he came to define in the 60’s. It’s a raw and moving portrait, rough edges and all.”

Monday, August 13, 2018

"New" Gram Parsons compilation CD just released

Rhino has just released a « new » Gram Parsons compilation CD called THE SOLO YEARS.

Tracklist (all tracks “remastered versions”):

1. Return Of The Grievous Angel
2. A Song For You
3. Love Hurts
4. Streets Of Baltimore
5. Ooh Las Vegas
6. Still Feeling Blue
7. I Can't Dance
8. We'll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning
9. She
10. In My Hour Of Darkness
11. Brass Buttons
12. $1000 Wedding

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Recommended articles by David Chirko

Our correspondent David Chirko sent us a link to 2 articles that he wrote about Gene Clark, David Crosby and John Guerin.

Read them here:

Thanks David.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Roger McGuinn / Chris Hillman / Marty Stuart "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" Tribute Tour started on July 24

There are many comments on many websites and forums all over the internet, so I won't comment any further.

Here's an excerpt from the first concert at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles

John York concerts in August 2018

John York solo

Saturday, August 11, 2018  8pm


309 N. Citruus Ave. Covina CA 91723


Reservations: 626-339-7020


John York, Billy Darnell & Chad Watson

Sunday August 19, 2018, 7pm 

The Coffee Gallery Backstage

2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001

Reservations: 626-798-6236


Sunday, July 15, 2018

New Roger McGuinn CD now available - SWEET MEMORIES

Roger McGuinn's first "rock" CD since 2004 is now available. It includes three newly recorded BYRDS hits without samples, eight original songs and one fun "Friday" song.

You can get it from CDBaby at

Album Notes

“Sweet Memories” is the first studio rock CD that Roger McGuinn has recorded since 2004. It is the CD fans have been asking for at Roger’s concerts. They are continually asking for a studio version of the BYRDS songs. So, Roger re-recorded three BYRDS hits from scratch and they were so artistically performed that everyone asks, “Did you use samples?” The answer is no! He played every instrument and sang every vocal including harmonies on “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “ So You Want To Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star.” There are also nine other songs never recorded before.¬¬

“Sweet Memories” is a trip down memory lane for Roger McGuinn. It all begins when you open the package and see a letter he wrote to his family in 1965 on the back of a publicity photo of his new group, the BYRDS. He explains to his parents that their first song was written by Bob Dylan of Peter, Paul and Mary fame. The publicity photo Roger wrote on the back of is included in the collage of photos from Roger’s past on the opposite panel of the CD package. Get out your magnifying glass and see if you can identify the friends from a span of 60 years.

There are 8 other songs that Roger and Camilla have written over the years. This CD seemed the perfect time to record them.
"Chestnut Mare Christmas" - A continuation of the "Chestnut Mare" story. They were reluctant to write a sequel to that classic but the story continues with a tender message and Marty Stuart playing a galloping guitar!

“Grapes of Wrath”- The inspiration for this song is the black and white 1940 Henry Fonda movie which the McGuinns enjoy watching on a rainy day.

Sweet Memories”- Written in the early 1980s in Morro Bay, California. The late New York DJ, Pete Fornatale, was always encouraging Roger record it. The song was a favorite of Pete’s. To the McGuinns it wasn’t finished yet. There were still the European trips to write about and the wonderful train rides. Unfortunately, Pete passed on before it was recorded. When thinking about the title for this CD, that song seemed so appropriate because of all the memories on this disc.

“Catching Rainbows” took years to write and just as long to record. It didn’t fall into place until the beginning of this CD. It too is a song about the McGuinn adventures. The rainbow photo on the back of the CD with the song list was taken by Camilla on an ocean voyage.

It was “5:18” in the afternoon when the McGuinns were sitting on their garden porch in Morro Bay, California watching a storm rolling onto the California coast. At that time, they never dreamed of leaving California, but they did move a few years later.

“The Tears” was written by Camilla on an airplane returning home to California after a long tour. She was thinking about Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “The Bells.” With a hotel scratch pad and pen, words were scribbled about all the tears many have shed in the privacy of a closet.

Roger loves the being on the ocean. “At The Edge of The Water” was written by him during the morning dawn while sitting on a ship’s balcony with his guitar.

“Light Up The Darkness” was written in the McGuinns' small rented condo in Century City within a year of their marriage. It was the beginning of a long beautiful relationship in life and work.

“Friday” - Roger recorded the song “Friday” because he and Camilla laughed so hard watching the spoof video on youtube they couldn’t stay in their chairs. 

They even had to research the song to make sure it wasn’t written by Bob Dylan. Roger emailed the creator of the video, Nate Herman, and told him how much enjoyed his work and was thinking of recording the song himself. Nate replied, “Life imitating art imitating life.”

Monday, June 4, 2018

Roger McGuinn & Chris HIllman tour of Sweetheart Of The Rodeo

ROLLING STONE  4.06.2018

The Byrds' Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman will mark the 50th anniversary of the band's pioneering country-rock album Sweetheart of the Rodeo with a tour that begins this summer. Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives will also join McGuinn and Hillman onstage, where the Byrds duo will perform songs and tell the stories behind the 1968 LP, one of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. "Driven by new member Gram Parsons, the Byrds nailed a bold Nashville classicism, dressing Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard songs in steel guitar and rock & roll drive," Rolling Stone wrote in 2012. "The results set the stage for country rock."
"On March 9, 1968, Roger McGuinn and I along with many fantastic musicians began recording the Sweetheart of the Rodeo album at Columbia Studios in Nashville," Chris Hillman said in a statement. "It was truly a pivotal moment in our lives taking a turn toward the music we always felt a strong kinship with. We are honored that it has left a strong, long lasting impression on country and rock music."
McGuinn added, "We're all looking forward to taking the fans through the back pages of the recording. The concert will include songs that led up to that ground breaking trip to Nashville and all the songs from the album." 
McGuinn and Hillman will also appear onstage together during Marty Stuart's Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday. Stuart performs live with a 1954 Fender Telecaster previously owned by guitarist Clarence White, who played on Sweetheart of the Rodeo.
"The Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo recording stands as a milestone in American music. I bought my first copy of the record in 1972," Stuart said in a statement. "Upon my first listen, I was mesmerized at the effect of the combined power Country music, Rock & Roll, Bluegrass, Gospel and Folk music had on me. From that day forward, I considered Sweetheart of the Rodeo a blueprint as to how I should live my musical life."
Organizers announced the first five Sweetheart of the Rodeo tour dates, with more gigs set to be announced soon.
Sweetheart of the Rodeo Tour

July 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Ace Hotel
July 29 – Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery
September 18 – Albany, NY @ Hart Theater
September 20 – Hopewell, VA @ Beacon Theatre
October 3 – Akron, OH @ Akron Civic

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Byrds Live In Amsterdam 1970 to be released on CD

The famous concert by The Byrds at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands on July 7th, 1970, is planned for release on July 20th, 2018 on another in the "grey zone" semi-legal CD.

The complete concert was first released in 1990 on a green vinyl triple LP on the Swingin' Pig label. It was simultaneously released on a double CD by the same label. It was later re-released in various forms and formats since then.

Please note that the semi-legal semi-bootleggers used a picture of the wrong lineup with John York on the front cover found on an online shop - the bass player is of course Clyde "Skip" Battin.

From another source (another webshop), another front cover was printed.

R.I.P. Randy Scruggs

We just learned of the passing of Randy Scruggs on April 18th, 2018.

Randy Scruggs, as a member of The Scruggs Family, appeared alongside The Byrds on the "Earl Scruggs, His Family And Friends" LP and movie.

Two songs were performed: "You Ain't Going Nowhere" and "Nothin' To It".

Also appearing on the movie and LP with Randy Scruggs were Bob Dylan, Doc Watson, Joan Baez and more...

The Byrds segments are here (excerpts from the movie):


Sunday, May 27, 2018

John York concerts in June

Popular Demand!! 


Benefit Concert for the Prison Library Project

Saturday, June 16, 2018 7:00pm

The Claremont Forum
568 West First St. Claremont CA 91711

Tickets are available at: 909-626-3066

John York:

3 Bs….Byrds, Beatles and the Band

Sunday June 24th, 7pm, $20

The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001

Reservations: 626-798-6236

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50th Anniversary Concert featuring Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman & Marty Stuart

From The Egg website:

With one mighty swing of the axe, The Byrds changed not only the face of rock ‘n’ roll but country music, as well, with their sixth album, 1968’s “Sweetheart Of The Rodeo”.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its release, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman of The Byrds will join forces with country music icon Marty Stuart and his band The Fabulous Superlatives, to perform the album in its entirety as well as other classics by one of America’s most influential bands, at The Egg, Center for the Performing Arts, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York on Tuesday, September 18 at 7:30pm.

This concert is currently on sale to members of The Egg. Tickets = $68, $48, $38.

To find out how you can join and get the best seats in the house for this and other concerts, call The Egg Box Office – 518-473-1845

John York concert tomorrow May 20

Guitar heaven!

The best music this side of Bob Dylan and Band!


John York, Billy Darnell & Chad Watson

Sunday May 20, 2018, 7pm  


The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001

Reservations: 626-798-6236

JOHN YORK is a singer, composer, guitarist, and former member of the Byrds.
He also played with the Sir Douglas Quintet (with Dr. John,) The Mamas and The Papas,
Johnny Rivers, Lightning Hopkins, Gene Clark, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Nicky Hopkins, David Carradine and Barry McGuire.

“John York is an authentic example of how one musician can carry a legacy of spirit, truth, compassion and wisdom that continues to grow through his musical expressions. Not only has
he survived the perilous rock & roll days of the 60s, he has thrived and transcended them.”  Terry Roland (L.A Folk Works)

Sweetheart Of The Rodeo - First Time 180-Gram Translucent Blue & Green Swirl Vinyl (planned for release August 3, 2018)

Planned for release August 3, 2018

Celebrate 5 Decades Of The Byrds’ 1968 Classic!

First Time 180-Gram Translucent Blue & Green Swirl Vinyl

Liner Notes From Chris Hillman

Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso – Pressed At R.T.I.

Featuring: Roger Mcguinn, Chris Hillman, Gram Parsons, Kevin Kelley, John Hartford & Clarence White...and more.

In 1968, The Byrds changed the course of popular music as Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman & new members Gram Parsons and Kevin Kelley delivered one of the first bluegrass/rock albums with their masterpiece "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo". This album remains one of the most influential pieces of music of all time.

The masterwork kicks off with their hit "You Ain’t Going Nowhere" and follows with the brilliant "I Am A Pilgrim", featuring Chris Hillman.

More choice material abounds thanks to Gram Parsons with his signature works "Hickory Wind" and "One Hundred Years From Now".

Friday Music proudly presents for the first time on 180 Gram Translucent Blue & Green Swirl Audiophile Vinyl, the 50th Anniversary Edition of The Byrds’ "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo". Impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios & Capitol Mastering, the LP is pressed at R.T.I. and is featured in a stunning gatefold cover.

To celebrate this limited edition album, we are also including recent liner notes from Chris Hillman along with some very rare photos from The Byrds archives at Sony.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Gene Clark's WHITE album (1971) to be re-released on SADC

Gene Clark's WHITE LIGHT will be released on SACD by Intervention Records.

More info and pre-order here:

Gene Clark's WHITE LIGHT lp (1971) to be re-released on CD and white vinyl by Sundazed this month

Sundazed Records edition

Mastered directly from the original A&M analog session tapes, offered to you on compact disc and deep groove vinyl. 

Release date = May 25th, 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

John York Concert, May 20


John York, Billy Darnell & Chad Watson

Sunday May 20, 2018, 7pm  

The Coffee Gallery Backstage

2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001

Reservations: 626-798-6236

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Gene Clark's Back Street Mirror vinyl LP availability

From Sierra / Entrée Records:

GOOD NEWS! The Back Street Mirror Record Store Day Exclusive EP will be available directly from Sierra/Entrée Records in a few weeks. Detailed information regarding ordering this release directly from Sierra/Entrée will be announced in a few weeks.

We are aware of people on eBay, selling these titles for as much as $100!  Don't be taken in by these offers; please support your local vinyl record store or wait a few weeks when we will be offering these titles for less than $20.00 each! However, these are all limited edition, numbered copies; once sold out, future availability will be restricted to digital format only.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Chris Hillman Live 1977 CD to be released

Another one in the "grey zone" semi-official series of releases...but WHY DID THEY PUT A PICTURE OF BERNIE LEADON ON THE FRONT COVER???

Incredible performance in at the legendary Bottom Line Club

Includes the entire King Biscuit Flower Hour radio broadcast

It’s presented here together with background notes and images

Chris Hillman, live at the Bottom Line, New York on November 5th 1977

As a founder Byrd and Flying Burrito Brother, Chris Hillman was firmly established as folk and country-rock royalty by 1977. His Clear Sailin’ album appeared that October, and the superb performance captured here was broadcast on the King Biscuit Flower Hour. Though he had recently undergone some personal setbacks, he’s on typically warm and virtuoso form, tackling a number of new songs, as well as classics by the Flying Burrito Brothers and others. It’s presented in full here.

1. Hot Burrito #2
2. Slippin’ Away
3. Take It On The Run
4. Rise And Fall
5. Love Is The Sweetest Amnesty
6. Nothing Gets Through
7. Rollin’ And Tumblin’
8. Fallen Eagle
9. Sin City
10. (Take Me In Your) Lifeboat
11. Playing The Fool
12. Heartbreaker
13. Witching Hour
14. It Doesn’t Matter > Bound To Lose
15. Mystery Train

Thursday, April 19, 2018

You think you've got them all, and then another one surfaces...Kevin Kelley on a Bernie Schwartz LP from 1970

We just learned that Kevin Kelley is the drummer on Bernie Schwartz' LP "The Wheel" from 1970.

The album has been released on CD in 2016 but it went under the radar as far as we're concerned.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

GENE CLARK SINGS FOR YOU released on June 15, 2018



The legendary 1967 Gene Clark recordings. Also includes six additional previously unissued & unknown recordings

Gene Clark’s musical legacy is most certainly assured as a singer, songwriter and member of some xclusive company as an inductee to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a founder of The Byrds, and collaborator in groups such as Dillard & Clark, Gene Clark and the Gosdin Brothers, McGuinn Clark & Hillman and later as the duet partner of Carla Olson (The Textones).

His songs have been covered by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Iain Matthews, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, The Rose Garden, and Chris & Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes among many others. As well documented as Clark’s career has been, there have been remarkable discoveries over the years (see Omnivore’s Here Tonight: The White Light Demos for example), but now the Holy Grail of Clark’s post-Byrds career is finally about to see the light of day.

For longtime Gene Clark fans and aficionados, the tracks on this remarkable archival album are the stuff of legend. Since word first spread in the 1980s about the discovery of these 1967 recordings on a rare acetate in Liberty Records’ vaults, fans have come to regard Gene Clark Sings For You as nothing less than the Holy Grail of the singer/songwriter’s extraordinary body of work. Shrouded in mystery and the subject of much speculation and conjecture, few have ever had the opportunity to hear these forgotten gems from one of Gene Clark’s most prolifically creative periods. Until now.

In addition to the 8 tracks from the Gene Clark Sings For You acetate, recorded in 1967 after he famously left The Byrds, there are an additional 5 previously unknown tracks from a further 1967 acetate given to the band The Rose Garden for recording consideration. This new compilation also includes a previously unissued demo rescued from a tape in the collection of John Noreen, member of The Rose Garden. This demo of the song “Till Today” is Clark running through the song for the band who would cut it on their only album, the 1968 self-titled effort on Atco Records (also being reissued and expanded at the same time as Gene Clark Sings For You).

Released with the full approval and cooperation with both the Estate of Gene Clark and the band The Rose Garden, Gene Clark Sings For You is produced for release by Grammy-winner Cheryl Pawelski with restoration and mastering by Grammy-winner Michael Graves. With previously unseen photos.


7:30 MODE


For more information and to pre-order your copy visit the Omnivore Recordings website:

See trail here:

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

New documentary film about David Crosby

David Crosby's life and music will be the subject of a new documentary produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker/journalist Cameron Crowe. 

Crowe's Vinyl Films will produce the A.J. Eaton-directed film about the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer with BMG, which is financing and executive producing the doc. 

In addition to producing the documentary, Crowe has conducted multiple interviews with Crosby that will cast a new light on the artist, whose career includes stints in the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as a vibrant solo career.

"David Crosby has been near the forefront of music and social change for the last four decades. Now 76, he’s forging a new path by seeking out younger musicians and trying to make a mark in a world now so different from the generation he came to define in the 60’s.", Crowe said in a statement.

"It’s a raw and moving portrait, rough edges and all. We’re also so proud of the work being done by our wonderful director A.J. Eaton who’s been filming Croz for the last several years."

Thursday, April 5, 2018

John York Concert


Sunday, April 15, 7pm $20

2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena CA, 91001

Reservations: 626-798-6236 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

From Whin Oppice's Collection: 4 copies of a Gene Clark Test Pressing Single

Owned by Gene Clark himself come four Columbia Test Pressing copies of a 45 rpm single Home Run King / Lonely Saturday. 

The vinyl is thin and very flexible.  

These are the same recordings released on the album Two Sides To Every Story.  

It is unclear if this was released as a single record. 

Collectors do come across a white label promo 45 of Home Run King mono/ stereo sides.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

New album by Bennett Wilson Poole available very soon

New album by Bennett Wilson Poole available very soon

Danny Wilson (Danny And The Champions Of The World, Grand Drive), and Robin Bennett (The Dreaming Spires, Saint Etienne) join forces with Tony Poole (Starry Eyed and Laughing), producer extraordinaire, and king of the electric twelve-string Rickenbacker to form their own “supergroup”.

The eleven songs on the record are all written, sung and played by us and produced by Tony.

Bennett Wilson Poole, the record, is officially released on April 6th, 2018, but it’s available to pre-order right now at Pledge Music, so you can be first to get your hands on the album in all formats (Vinyl, CD and download) and some other cool stuff too. 

All pre-orders will get access to some bonus stuff in the lead up to the album release, along with an immediate download of the track “Wilson General Store”.