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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Byrds co-founder Chris Hillman taps David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty for new solo album
LATimes - 5 months
Byrds co-founder and ace musician Chris Hillman is on the verge of releasing “Bidin’ My Time,” a new album he’s recorded with Tom Petty co-producing, but at his home office and study in Ventura this August, the artist is in a reflective mood. He reaches down toward a phalanx of instrument cases...
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Byrds founding member Gene Clark to be saluted Saturday in South Pasadena
LATimes - 12 months
Gene Clark — a founding member of the Byrds whose musical legacy is often overshadowed by those of his onetime bandmates Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Clarence White and latter-day member Gram Parsons — will get a salute of his own on Saturday at the South Pasadena Library from several...
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"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 nom...
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Byrds co-founder Chris Hillman honored at FAR-West conference
LATimes - over 4 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 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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Broke Girls Guide: Get A Clue
Huffington Post - over 4 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 g...
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Mike Ragogna: Have Harmony, Will Travel: A Conversation with Carla Olson
Huffington Post - almost 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 s...
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Curb Records Celebrates 50 Years
GAC - Great American Country - over 5 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 ...
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Heritage Museum of Orange County Springs Into Summer with 2nd Annual Music and Arts Festival June 2
MMD Newswire - almost 6 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 C...
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Chris Ethridge Dead: Flying Burrito Brothers Bassist Dies At 65
The Huffington Post - almost 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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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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.
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  • 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.
  • 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).
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  • 1996
    Age 51
    In 1996 Hillman reunited with Desert Rose Band alumnus Herb Pederson for the CD Bakersfield Bound.
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  • 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".
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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".
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  • 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.
  • 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).
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on December 4, 1944.
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