Chris Hillman
American musician
Chris Hillman
Christopher "Chris" Hillman was one of the original members of The Byrds, which in 1965 included Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby and Michael Clarke. With frequent collaborator Gram Parsons, Hillman was a key figure in the development of country rock, defining the genre through his work with The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and the country-rock group Desert Rose Band.
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - 3 months
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nomi ...
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Byrds co-founder Chris Hillman honored at FAR-West conference
LATimes - over 3 years
Chris Hillman, a founding member of the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Desert Rose Band among many other respected groups over a half-century career, and Ash Grove founder Ed Pearl are being saluted as Best of the West honorees at the four-day Folk Alliance Region-West conference  through Sunday in Irvine.
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Chris Hillman And Herb Pedersen On Mountain Stage
NPR - over 3 years
As members of The Byrds, The Dillards, The Flying Burrito Brothers and the Desert Rose Band, Hillman and Pedersen have been part of the fabric of American music for nearly half a century. Hear them perform a career-spanning live concert. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Broke Girls Guide: Get A Clue
Huffington Post - over 3 years
What a difference a few days can make! Just two days ago we were grouchy, underslept messes trying to get our heads in the game after three days of blissful freedom and (PG) debauchery. Now, it's already almost the weekend again, and what a weekend it's going to be! The weather is going to be insanely gorgeous, and there's so much going on that writing this weekender felt like undertaking a post-graduate thesis. Seriously, can you beat a weekend that involves 85 degree temperatures, outdoor screenings of films like Risky Business and Clueless, and (randomly) tons of shellfish? We think not. Keep reading to get this party started (ASAP!)... Friday There's so much going on tonight that we had to divide our itinerary between the East Side and the West Side. Those of you who prefer to stay east should start early at Shecky's Girls Night Out, an uber-girlie shopping event downtown that includes pampering and goodie bags. After, grab a quick dinner at newbie Indian ga ...
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Mike Ragogna: Have Harmony, Will Travel: A Conversation with Carla Olson
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
A Conversation with Carla Olson Mike Ragogna: Hi Carla, how are you? Carla Olson: I'm great. LA is not too hot today, and it's going to be a great day. MR: Every day is a great day in LA. CO: Well, that could be debated, but I think I'll probably just agree with you there. MR: [laughs] You have a new album, Have Harmony, Will Travel. How did you come up with the material for this one? CO: Several years ago, I was in between production projects, which is what I mainly do. I haven't done a studio album in a long time, mainly because I've been working at producing. One day I just thought, "Well, I'm in between projects. Maybe I should try to start something." I did have about half an album's worth of material written, but it wasn't really what I wanted to do at the time. I approached a could of people about doing a duet album, one of them being Peter Case, who I've known since the '70s, and he said, "Yeah, I'd love to." He loved the two suggestions of songs ...
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Mattea Kramer: Washington's Cliff Notes
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
How to Get Yourself to the Edge of the Fiscal Abyss and Not Jump Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com They don’t call it the "cliff” for nothing.  It’s the fiscal spot where a nation’s representatives can gather and cry doom.  It’s the place -- if Washington is to be believed -- where, with a single leap into the Abyss of Sequestration, those representatives can end it all for the rest of us.  In the wake of President Obama’s electoral victory, that cliff (if you’ll excuse a mixed metaphor or two) is about to step front and center. The only problem: the odds are no one will leap, and remarkably little of note will actually happen.  But since the headlines are about to scream “crisis,” what you need to understand American politics in the coming weeks of the lame-duck Congress is a little guide to reality, some Cliff Notes for Washington. As a start, relax.  Don’t let the headlines get to you.  There’s little reason for anyone to lose sleep over the much-hyped fiscal ...
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Chris Hillman And Herb Pedersen On Mountain Stage
NPR - over 4 years
As members of The Byrds, The Dillards, The Flying Burrito Brothers and the Desert Rose Band, Hillman and Pedersen have been part of the fabric of American music for nearly half a century. Hear them perform a career-spanning live concert. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Nancy Chuda: Jeff Bridges Delivers Down-home Country at the Maverick Saloon
Huffington Post - over 4 years
What matters most to Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges? Hunger. He wants to put an end to it. And he knows his facts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports: 16.7 million children -- nearly one in four -- live in households that do not have access to enough nutrition food to lead active, healthy lives. ... The recession is making the problem worse -- the poverty rate among children reached 19 percent, the highest of any age group. He cares. His crazy heart can swing left of center or to the far right. I'm talking politics. His very own determination, using his true grit and heart of gold is to reach out and try to create THE bridge for democrats and republicans. Not in "a thousand years" as one of his Jon Goodwin lyrics professes, but right now. "I'm going to be speaking with Democrats. ... I've been invited to Washington and I'm gonna weigh my two cents on what I think we ought to do." APPLAUSE. "And then I'm going to talk with Republicans and se ...
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Curb Records Celebrates 50 Years
GAC - Great American Country - over 4 years
Curb Records, founded in 1963 by Mike Curb (while he was a student at California State University), is celebrating 50 years in the music business. Born with American ingenuity, Curb Records’ independent spirit lives on. In celebration, Curb Records is announcing its 50 albums over 50 years feature on iTunes today.  To see it click here: http://bit.ly/Curb50 Throughout the early years, Curb scored success with artists as diverse as the Stone Poneys (featuring Linda Ronstadt), the Osmond Family, (including Donny & Marie), Lou Rawls, Exile, the Righteous Brothers, Solomon Burke, Debby Boone, and Roy Orbison. In 1969, Curb merged his young label with MGM Records and became the President of MGM. Under his reign, he boosted MGM’s war chests with a litany of hits, some of which he produced.  His signings brought a new emphasis on Nashville-based artists including Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, Hank Williams Jr., Don Gibson, Mel Tillis, Ray Stevens, and Eddy Arnold. During the s ...
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Heritage Museum of Orange County Springs Into Summer with 2nd Annual Music and Arts Festival June 2
MMD Newswire - almost 5 years
Heritage Museum of Orange County Puts Local Breweries on Tap for June 2 Music, Arts Festival SANTA ANA, Calif. (MMD Newswire) May 11, 2012 -- What goes perfectly with lively country, folk and rock music, great barbeque food and friendly outdoor fun? If your answer is ice-cold beer, then mark your calendar for Saturday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.   As part of The Heritage Museum of Orange County's 2nd Annual Music and Arts Festival, a Craft Brew Beer Garden will feature a wide variety of home-brewed beer from the Southern California Brewers Guild. Some of the 270 California independently-owned breweries will be pouring their unique beer for the fundraising festival expected to attract more than 2,000 people during the day-long event.   According to the California Craft Brewers Association, its members donate hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to charitable causes.   Attendees will be sipping the suds while enjoying the live music from six well-known Southern Ca ...
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Chris Ethridge Dead: Flying Burrito Brothers Bassist Dies At 65
The Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Chris Ethridge, the bassist and founding member of the Flying Burritos Brothers, has passed away, The Los Angeles Times reports. Ethridge reportedly died of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 65. The country-rock pioneer co-founded the band with Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman and "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow. The group is best-known for their seminal debut album, 1969's The Gilded Palace of Sin, which has since been credited with pioneering the country-rock genre. Ethridge played both bass and piano on the album. He left the band in 1970, before the band released Burrito Deluxe. Ethridge also spent roughly eight years in Willie Nelson’s touring band, during which he recorded one of Nelson’s most famous anthems, “Whiskey River.” On Monday, Nelson addressed Ethridge's passing on Twitter. Read More... More on Video
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Future of Cambria's Painted Sky Studio uncertain - San Luis Obispo Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
He also transformed the building into a concert venue, booking acts like Chris Hillman, formerly of the Byrds, 103-year-old ukulele legend Bill Tapia and bluesman David “Honeyboy” Edwards. But after the owners sent Crimmel a letter earlier this month,
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The Louvin Brothers Compiled - ClashMusic.com
Google News - over 5 years
The compilation has been selected by some important songwriters, with the full list containing (deep breath): Mark Lanegan, Graham Nash, Beck, Emmylou Harris, Will Oldham, Lucinda Williams, Jim James, Kris Kristofferson, Devendra Banhart, Chris Hillman
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The Byrds and Beyond Aug. 26 at McLoone's Supper Club - Asbury Park Press (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Chris Hillman and Gene Clark also went on to successful solo careers, and Byrds' songs like their version of Bob Dylan's “Mr. Tambourine Man,” along with “Turn! Turn! Turn!” “Eight Miles High,” So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star,” “My Back Pages,”
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Surprise pickleball enthusiasts petition for new courts - YourWestValley.com
Google News - over 5 years
Under the direction of City Manager Chris Hillman, city staff has met with residents to explore options to retrofit two existing tennis courts into permanent pickleball courts. Cost analysis projects court renovation costs to range from $20000 to
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Music legend David Bromberg joins Philadelphia Folk Festival's lineup - Delaware County Daily Times
Google News - over 5 years
Through the encouragement of friends and fellow musicians Chris Hillman (The Byrds) and Herb Pedersen, Bromberg returned to the recording studio in 2007. The result was the release of Bromberg's first studio album in 17 years, “Try Me One More Time
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Communities come together to discuss flooding - NorthJersey.com (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Bob Gordon was in attendance along with Chris Hillman of Assemblywoman Connie Wagner's office. Additionally, Mayor Karen Chamberlain and Municipal Clerk Peter LoDico from Saddle Brook, Lodi Borough Manager Tony Luna and Mayor Bruce Masopust,
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Council agenda meetings now on TV - YourWestValley.com
Google News - over 5 years
The move is an effort to open up discussion and give more time to the public airing of agenda items, said Chris Hillman, city manager. The informational preview of the upcoming agenda gives council, staff and residents more time to discuss agenda items
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Hillman
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 67
    As of September 2012 Hillman is touring with Herb Pedersen, and has November 2012 concert dates scheduled with the Desert Rose Band.
    More Details Hide Details Wife: Connie Pappas Hillman (1979), Children: Catherine and Nicholas.
  • 2005
    Age 60
    In 2005 he also performed "Crazy from the Heart" on The Bellamy Brothers' album, Angels and Outlaws, Vol. 1. and "Live at Edwards Barn" with Herb Pedersen.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1999
    Age 54
    He appeared on the 1999 album Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons in a duet with Steve Earle on "High Fashion Queen" (which Hillman wrote with Parsons).
    More Details Hide Details After a brief hiatus Hillman and Pedersen returned with Way Out West (2002), a 17-track collection of country, roots rock and Americana; this was followed by The Other Side (2005).
  • 1996
    Age 51
    In 1996 Hillman reunited with Desert Rose Band alumnus Herb Pederson for the CD Bakersfield Bound.
    More Details Hide Details Like a Hurricane (1998) and three bluegrass-flavored releases on Rounder Records with Pedersen, Larry Rice and Tony Rice followed.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1977
    Age 32
    After an early 1977 British tour reunited him with Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark, the trio stayed together for two McGuinn-Clark-Hillman albums (on which Hillman continued his songwriting collaboration with Knobler) and one under the McGuinn-Hillman name, with a hit single in 1979's "Don't You Write Her Off".
    More Details Hide Details By the early 1980s Hillman had returned to his bluegrass and country roots, recording two acclaimed (mainly acoustic) albums for Sugar Hill Records with singer/guitarist/banjo player Herb Pedersen (a former member of The Dillards). Soon after, Hillman and Pedersen formed the Desert Rose Band; this proved to be Hillman's most commercially successful post-Byrds project. Their first LP, an eponymously titled 1987 outing, generated two Top Ten country hits in "Love Reunited" (written with Steve Hill), "One Step Forward" and the number-one single "He's Back and I'm Blue." From 1987 until late 1993 the band recorded seven albums and had a string of 16 country-music hits (the majority of which were in the country Top Ten) and a number of Academy of Country Music awards before disbanding in 1994. As Hillman said, "We definitely quit while we were ahead."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 29
    In 1974, Hillman teamed with singer-songwriter Richie Furay (who co-founded Buffalo Springfield and Poco) and songwriter J. D. Souther (who co-wrote much of the Eagles' early repertoire) in the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band. The trio never quite gelled, and broke up in 1975 after two albums and internal squabbles.
    More Details Hide Details Hillman released two solo albums, Slippin' Away and Clear Sailin, which included several songs co-written with Crawdaddy magazine editor Peter Knobler. One of their songs, "Step on Out," was recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys on their 1985 album and became the title cut. He was also an in-demand studio musician, playing and singing on sessions for Gene Clark, Dillard & Clark, Poco, Dan Fogelberg and others.
  • 1973
    Age 28
    Before the Flying Burrito Brothers disbanded, Hillman joined Stephen Stills' band Manassas; he remained with Manassas until 1973, when he briefly rejoined the original lineup of the Byrds for a reunion album on Asylum Records.
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  • 1968
    Age 23
    Internal strife dogged the Byrds, and by the beginning of 1968 the band was down to two original members (Hillman and McGuinn), with Hillman's cousin Kevin Kelley on drums.
    More Details Hide Details They then hired Gram Parsons to replace Crosby. Hillman and Parsons changed the Byrds' musical direction, helping to usher in a new genre known as country rock when they recorded the album Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Once again Hillman seemed to recede into the background, leaving most of the vocals to Parsons and McGuinn and concentrating on bass and mandolin. Parsons left the band shortly thereafter; Hillman brought in former Kentucky Colonels guitarist Clarence White as a replacement, but this lineup was short-lived when Hillman himself left a few weeks later. Hillman teamed with Parsons again (this time as vocalist, guitarist and songwriter) to form the Flying Burrito Brothers. Further honing their pioneering country-rock hybrid sound by combining the energy, instrumentation and attitude of rock and roll with the issues and themes of country music, the Burritos recorded the landmark The Gilded Palace of Sin followed by 1970's Burrito Deluxe. Parsons was out of the lineup by June 1970 (replaced by guitarist Rick Roberts) when the band toured Canada as part of the Festival Express tour, with Hillman reverting to bass guitar. Hillman stayed with the band for two more records, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Last of the Red Hot Burritos.
  • 1967
    Age 22
    He came into his own on the Byrds' 1967 album Younger Than Yesterday, co-writing and sharing lead vocals with McGuinn on the hit "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star".
    More Details Hide Details Hillman also wrote (and sang) the minor hit "Have You Seen Her Face", "Thoughts and Words", "Time Between" and "The Girl with No Name", the latter two demonstrating his bluegrass and country roots. Hillman's prominence continued with the Byrds' next album, The Notorious Byrd Brothers, on which he shared songwriting credit on seven of the album's eleven songs.
  • 1966
    Age 21
    Hillman kept a low profile on the band's first two albums, on which McGuinn and Clark shared lead vocals with Crosby adding high harmony. However, Clark's departure in 1966 and Crosby's growing restlessness allowed Hillman the opportunity to develop as a singer and songwriter in the group.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 18
    When the band broke up in late 1963 Hillman received an invitation to join the Golden State Boys, regarded as the top bluegrass band in southern California and featuring future country star Vern Gosdin, his brother Rex and banjoist Don Parmley (later of the Bluegrass Cardinals).
    More Details Hide Details Shortly thereafter the band changed its name to The Hillmen; soon Hillman was appearing regularly on television and using a fictitious ID, "Chris Hardin", to allow the underage musician into the country bars where many of his gigs were played. When the Hillmen folded, he briefly joined a spinoff of Randy Sparks' New Christy Minstrels known as the Green Grass Revival. At this point a frustrated Hillman considered quitting music and enrolling at UCLA when he received an offer from The Hillmen's former manager and producer, Jim Dickson, to join Jim (later Roger) McGuinn, David Crosby, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke in a new band, The Byrds. Hillman was recruited to play bass guitar, although he had never picked up the instrument before. Thanks to his bluegrass background, he quickly developed his own melodic style on the instrument. The Byrds' first single, a jangly cover of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man", was an international hit and marked the birth of folk rock. During the mid-1960s the Byrds ranked as one of the most successful and influential American pop groups; they recorded a string of hits, including "Turn! Turn! Turn! ", "Eight Miles High" and "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on December 4, 1944.
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