Tuesday, November 22, 2022

New book on Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young)

From Francesco Lucarelli:

I am happy to share the good news: on December 8, This Day In Music Books will publish "Music is Love", the book on Crosby, Stills & Nash edited by me which collects a hundred unpublished accounts and the largest collection of CSN visuals ever published, featuring hundreds of  never- before-published images. The book also houses a large number of unpublished photographs featuring Neil Young.

The 312 color pages tell the tale of more than 50 years of CSN as artists and men, with an intro by Graham Nash.
Among the "voices" of the book: Bill Halverson (first CSN record engineer), Craig Doerge, George "Chocolate" Perry, Kenny Passarelli, Ken Weiss, Russ Kunkel, David Zimmer, Bonnie Bramlett, Rickie Lee Jones, Jeff Pevar, Roy McAlister, Paul Zollo, Mike Finnigan, Steve Silberman, Dick Boak, John Ferrentino, Glenn R Goodwin, Carolyne Mas, Pierre Robert. Plus managers, promoters, musicians, painters, luthiers, photographers, collectors from all five Continents.

Unpublished photographs (and memories) by some of the greats: Henry Diltz, Rowland Scherman, Tom Gundelfinger O'Neal, Lisa Law, Guido Harari, Luciano Viti.

The book will be available in two versions:
. standard version (hardcover)
. deluxe version* (box containing the book + additional 80-page color photo book + some collector's items - see the attached image). 
  * the first 200 copies are signed by Graham Nash

Here a video preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Rr3gz-QNaE&t=7s

The book can be ordered from the publisher's website at this link:

Music is love!


Friday, November 18, 2022

Three « new » Gram Parsons albums planned for 2023

Three « new » Gram Parsons albums planned for 2023

Amoeba plans to release several Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris recordings in 2023.

Most if not all of these recording have been circulating for decades among collectors, but here’s a chance to get them officially.

It’s a “funds raising” affair which will only see the light of day if $50,000 are raised

As of today November 18, 2022, US$31,779 are raised. 

UPDATE November 22, 2022: 68 782US$ raised!

All details here:


Thanks to Thomas for the info.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Double vinyl LP / single CD “Americana Railroad” with new John York track (November 2021)

Another ‘Better Late Than Never” announcement: the release, in November 2021, of a double vinyl LP / single CD titled “Americana Railroad” on the Renew label (Black Friday Record Store Day 2021).

The album was produced by Carla Olson, who also appears as a lead vocalist alongside Stephen McCarthy (from The Long Ryders) and Brian Ray. She also appears on many other tracks as a harmony singer or a guitar player.

This set of 19 newly released tracks includes one by John York titled “Runaway Train”.

It also includes a version of  “Train Leaves Here This Mornin’” (co-written by Gene Clark and Bernie Leadon) by Gene’s son Kay Clark.

You can read more info here:


You can listen to all tracks here for free:


Most online music stores also sell the LPs / CD / Downloads.

1. Here Comes That Train Again - Stephen McCarthy & Carla Olson
2. The Conductor Wore Black - Robert Rex Waller Jr.
3. Mystery Train - Rocky Burnette
4. This Train - Peter Case
5. City Of New Orleans - John Fogerty

6. Marrakesh Express - Dustbowl Revival
7. Train Leaves Here This Mornin' - Kai Clark
8. Train Kept A-Rollin' - Gary Myrick
9. Southwest Chief - Dave Alvin
10. 500 Miles - Alice Howe

11. People Get Ready - Deborah Poppink
12. Steel Pony Blues - Dom Flemons
13. Runaway Train - John York
14. Waiting For A Train - Paul Burch & Fats Kaplin
15. Freight Train – A.J. Haynes of Seratones

16. Whiskey Train - Carla Olson & Brian Ray
17. Mystery Train - James Intveld
18. Midnight Rail - Robert Rex Waller Jr
19. I Remember The Railroad - Stephen McCarthy & Carla Olson

Saturday, October 22, 2022

New CD by McGuinn, Clark & Hillman available

Better late than never, here’s the announcement on this blog of the release in August 2022 of a CD by McGuinn, Clark & Hillman titled “Alive In America” on the Renaissance label from the USA.

This concert (recorded at the Rainbow Music Hall, Denver, Colorado on March 29, 1979) has been circulating for years on an unofficial CDR titled “Denver Radio - Live KAZY FM Radio Broadcast”.

Now legally available from all usual outlets.

Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, Johnne Sambataro and Greg Thomas.

Rick Roberts sings co-lead vocals on “It Doesn’t Matter”, a song he co-wrote with Chris Hillman and Stephen Stills.

According to some sources, Michael Clarke also performed with the band but the song he played on wasn’t broadcast by KAZY.


1. Sad Boy
2. Long Long Time
3. Little Mama
4. Don't You Write Her Off
5. Release Me Girl
6. Turn ! Turn! Turn!
7. Surrender To Me
8. Chestnut Mare
9. Stopping Traffic
10. So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star
11. Mr. Tambourine Man
12. Feelin
g Higher
13. It Doesn't Matter
14. Eight Miles High
15. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better

Desert Rose Band Last Concert - October 2, 2022

The final Desert Rose Band concert with Chris Hillman, Steve Duncan, John Jorgenson, Jaydee Maness, Herb Pedersen and Mark Fain took place on October 2, 2022.

Here are three pictures of the event, provided to us by JPM. Many thanks to him.


Thursday, October 20, 2022

New "live" 1976 performance by The Flying Burrito Brothers to be released in November 2022


We just learned of the soon to be released "new" CD by The Flying Burrito Brothers, entitled "Live At The Bottom Line NYC 1976".

Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Gib Guilbeau, Gene Parsons, Skip Battin, Joel Scott Hill

Sneaky Pete wrote in 2001:

1976 was a great year for re-iteration of the Flying Burrito Brothers having the opportunity to travel throughout the USA celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the United States. Though Gram Parsons wasn't around any more, Chris Hillman embarked on a solo career, and Chris Ethridge had just departed this band, we had some great guys that just happened to be real familiar with the 'Burrito' mentality. It all came together quite spectacularly! To begin, Gib Guilbeau was my life-long pal and Cajun guy par excellence. Gene Parsons, formerly of the Byrds, was he drummer from hell who lifted the excitement to the limit (and picked a great banjo and string bender guitar0. What can I say about Joel Scott Hill? A rebel? A reverent fanatic? A soulful and emotional artist? ALL of the above! Then there is Skip Battin, who just joined the band whom everyone loved and called friend who provided very original bass and vocal support. All these cuts are genuine items from a live performance at New York City's legendary Bottom Line club with all the warts AND magical moments. No fix ups and no apologies. Just real music and true enthusiasm. This was the way it was when he hit the road in 1976! - Sneaky Pete 2001

Attention! We don't know if this is a legitimate release or an unofficial one so beware.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Starbyrd has released an 8-CD-Box Set.

Starbyrd has released an 8-CD-Box Set.

It contains almost 10 hours of Starbyrd music!


138 tracks featuring the jingle-jangle sound of the 12-string Rickenbacker.

- 23 new studio recordings

- 6 previously unreleased songs

- 33 re-recorded songs

- 18 digitally re-mastered songs

- 58 original songs

The 26-page color booklet contains:

- an introduction by jingle-jangle columnist Eric Sorensen

- a foreword by Horst-Peter Schmidt

- a detailed song list of all 8 CDs

- color photos


Extract from the introduction:

Fans of Starbyrd should be delighted to cull through 138 of the band's tracks - including previously unreleased tracks, remastered tracks, alternative take tracks, re-recorded alternative takes and original recordings. 

The final disc in this box set is a sparkling collection of live tracks that features popular cover songs and several Starbyrd originals. 

Fans of the Byrds should be very pleased, since there is no shortage of jangly, mid-tempo Byrdsian tunes and a live Byrds medley in this compilation.

For information and ordering please write an email to Horst-Peter Schmidt at:


Wednesday, October 12, 2022

The International Submaine Band “Safe At Home” album re-released in mono remixes with many bonus tracks (November 25, 2022)

The International Submaine Band “Safe At Home” album newly remixed will be available in glorious mono on November 25, 2022 on Sundazed Records, including many bonus tracks (see hereunder).

Vinyl, CD and Digital Downloads will be available

CD-SUNDAZED-5615 available November 25th 2022.

This all mono promenade through the seminal 1968 album by Gram Parsons’ International Submarine Band is widely regarded as the record that launched the country-rock movement and was the first album to spotlight Parsons’ charismatic vocals and visionary songwriting.

Often relegated to a footnote in Parsons’ career, Safe At Home remains a foundational text in country-rock, laying out the parameters of this new subgenre and influencing subsequent generations of artists, country outlaws, alt. country punks, Americana string-bands, and Nashville insurgents. But it’s more than just an artifact, and it’s more than just the first confident effort by a restless artist who was hailed as a hero only after his untimely death. Safe At Home is, at heart, an inventive, lively album crackling with energy and ideas and offering fresh angles on familiar sounds. The International Submarine Band approached rock with no presumptions and, more crucially, approached country with no condescension.

That’s even more apparent on the new mixes included in this edition, which isolate and emphasize Parsons’ vocals. If the original mixes demonstrate his close chemistry with the other players, these new tracks reveal the care and consideration with which he approached country music, whether it’s the profound ache in his voice on “I Still Miss Someone” or the desperation he conveys behind the taunts of “Strong Boy”. He’s not merely singing the songs, but interpreting them: plumbing their depths to see where their sentiments might align with his own experiences. He’s writing the rules of country-rock with each word, with each note. 

Featuring 12 bonus “Lonesome Versions”!


Blue Eyes • I Must Be Somebody Else You’ve Known • A Satisfied Mind • Folsom Prison Blues / That’s All Right • Knee Deep In The Blues • Miller’s Cave • I Still Miss Someone • Luxury Liner • Strong Boy • Do You Know How It Feels To Be Lonesome? •  Blue Eyes (Lonesome Version)* • I Must Be Somebody Else You've Known (Lonesome Version)* • A Satisfied Mind (Lonesome Version)* • Folsom Prison Blues / That's All Right (Lonesome Version)* • Miller's Cave (Lonesome Version)* • I Still Miss Someone (Lonesome Version)* • Luxury Liner (Lonesome Version)* • Strong Boy (Lonesome Version)* • Do You Know How It Feels To Be Lonesome (Lonesome Version)* • Knee Deep In The Blues (Lonesome Version)* • I Still Miss Someone (Instrumental Reprise)* • Strong Boy (Instrumental Reprise)*

Go here for ordering details:


Go here to listen to the full "lonesome version" of Luxury Liner"


Monday, October 10, 2022

New David Crosby DVD + CD coming soon


Live at the Capitol Theatre is coming to CD and DVD on Nov 25th

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Desert Rose Band Reunion very soon!

Just announced, the program line-up for the opening weekend of  

Western Edge - The Roots and Reverberations of Los Angeles Country-Rock

presented by City National Bank. 

The new exhibit opens September 30 in Nashville with three days packed with events.

FRIDAY 30: Western Edge - Los Angeles Country-Rock in Concert, an all-star performance with Chris Hillman, Al Perkins, Dave Alvin, Richie Furay and others.

SATURDAY 1: A panel discussion From Bluegrass to Country-Rock with Chris Hillman, Rodney Dillard, Bernie Leadon, John McEuen, Larry Murray & Herb Pedersen.

SUNDAY 2: The final Desert Rose Band concert with Chris Hillman, Steve Duncan, John Jorgenson, Jaydee Maness, Herb Pedersen & Mark Fain.
Thanks to JPM for the info.

Friday, July 29, 2022

Gene Parsons revives Nashville West

Gene Parsons revives Nashville West

Left to right:






Wednesday, July 20, 2022

David Chirko's "SONGS BY BYRDS COVERED BY OTHER ARTISTS" - Updated July 2022


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. 

Updated July 2022


Download it here:


Compiled by David Chirko, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

canartscene.com/members/dchirko  & chirkoart.ca

Many thanks to David.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Major exhibition with events at the Troubadour in Los Angeles and the museum’s Ford Theater in Nashville

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum announced its next major exhibition with events at the Troubadour in Los Angeles and the museum’s Ford Theater in Nashville. The exhibit, Western Edge: The Roots and Reverberations of Los Angeles Country-Rock, will open Sept. 30 for a nearly three-year run. Western Edge will examine the LA-based singers, songwriters and musicians who created and shaped the musical fusion known as country-rock.

It will survey the rise of The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco, Eagles, Emmylou Harris, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt and the next generation – who found success by merging rock & roll rhythms and attitude with country and bluegrass instrumentation and harmonies.

Western Edge’s opening weekend will include two special concerts in the museum’s CMA Theater in Nashville: Los Angeles Country-Rock in Concert – Friday, Sept. 30. Performers include Chris Hillman, Bernie Leadon, Herb Pedersen and a house band led by John Jorgenson with JayDee Maness, Steve Duncan and Mark Fain.

Desert Rose Band – Sunday, Oct. 2. For the first time in more than a decade, the Desert Rose Band will reunite for a special concert.

Thanks to JPM for the info.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

May 24, 1991



Let's have a thought for Gene Clark; who died 31 years ago today

Friday, May 13, 2022

David Crosby retires from touring


by Best Classic Bands staff

David Crosby made it official in an interview on May 5: After nearly 60 years of relentless touring, from clubs to stadiums, he’s retiring from the road.

After being asked, “Are you going to tour anymore?” Crosby put it bluntly: “No.”

“I’m not, because I’m 80. It’s because I’m old,” he said. “Being on a bus tour is a daunting task. It’s very hard. It takes it out of you. I’m too old to do it anymore. I don’t have the stamina; I don’t have the strength.”

His recent bout with COVID also took a toll on him. “It has been awful. COVID is a very weird disease. It makes you feel absolutely freaking awful,” he said. “It has been thoroughly unpleasant…it’s no fun at all. You want to avoid it if you possibly can.”

Crosby has enjoyed an unprecedented career renaissance that began in 2014 with the release of his fourth solo album, simply titled Croz. Since then, he has released four more solo projects, collaborating with a variety of musicians and singers: Lighthouse (2016), Sky Trails (2017), Here if You Listen (2018) and 2021’s For Free.

Crosby’s six-decade career has included co-founding such culture-defining bands as The Byrds and Crosby Stills & Nash (both of whom have been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame), and gaining entrĂ©e into the illustrious Songwriters Hall of Fame.

 Thanks to JPM

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

BYRDS 1973 « Reunion » LP re-re-re-re-re-released….

BYRDS 1973 « Reunion » LP re-re-re-re-re-released….

Remastered edition 180g audiophile coral vinyl LP on Friday Music Records FRM-5058

In october 1972, The Byrds changed the course of rock music history once again, as the original 1965 superstar line-up of Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke ventured back into the studio to cut their final studio album. Produced by David Crosby, the stellar new work, simply titled "Byrds", became one of the most anticipated 1973 album releases.

The eleven song masterwork kicks off with their hit single "Full Circle", and follows up with the brilliant track "Sweet Mary", featuring the stunning vocals of Roger McGuinn. More choice material abounds, including Joni Mitchell's "For Free" and two tracks written by Neil Young.

In an effort to continually offer consummate music lovers with the greatest rock recordings of all time, Friday Music proudly presents for the first-time-ever on 180-gram audiophile vinyl, the Anniversary Edition of The Byrds' 1973 Asylum Records classic, “Byrds”.

Impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios from the original Asylum Records tapes,  the masterwork is pressed for a very limited time on striking 180-gram coral audiophile vinyl, with its original gatefold cover art.


Saturday, April 2, 2022

Roland White R.I.P.

R.I.P. Roland White April 1st, 2022

We just learned of the passing of Roland White, an ex-member of The Country Boys and The Kentucky Colonels with his brother Clarence.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Friday, March 11, 2022




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

canartscene.com/members/dchirko  & chirkoart.ca

Many thanks to David.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

New "Tribute To Gene Clark" planned for release in March 2022

ACE Records will release yet another Various Artists « Tribute To Gene Clark » CD called « You Showed Me » on March 25, 2022.

Seems interesting, although most tracks are already known.


01 Jakob Dylan and Cat Power - You Showed Me

02 Juice Newton – I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better

03 Thin White Rope - I Knew I'd Want You

04 Flamin' Groovies - She Don't Care About Time

05 Roxy Music - Eight Miles High

06 The Rose Garden - Till Today

07 Starry Eyed & Laughing - Echoes

08 Velvet Crush - Elevator Operator

09 The Thyme - I Found You

10 Death In Vegas with Paul Weller - So You Say You Lost Your Baby

11 The Flying Burrito Brothers - Tried So Hard

12 New Grass Revival - In The Plan

13 Kai Clark - Train Leaves Here This Morning

14 Linda Ronstadt - He Darked The Sun

15 Pure Prairie League - Kansas City Southern

16 Iain Matthews - Polly

17 The Mother Hips - Why Not Your Baby

18 The Byrds - Full Circle

19 The Baird Sisters - Silver Raven

20 Soulsavers with Mark Lanegan - Some Misunderstanding

21 This Mortal Coil - Strength Of Strings


You can (pre)order it here:


Thursday, February 10, 2022

R.I.P. Carlos Bernal

Chris Hillman - Carlos Bernal - Roger McGuinn - Kevin Kelley

We just learned that Carlos Bernal, ex Byrds roadie, who stepped in as a replacement for Gram Parsons on the Byrds South Africa tour in 1968, and also a former member and bassist of Gene Clark's Byrds passed away on Saturday 5th February.