House Above The Sun “Five Hours North” (HATS Music, 2017)

HATS are a celebratory kind of a band; their music rings with the joy of making music, not the artistic struggle. The songs don’t sound like they were wrung from a tormented soul, more like they escaped like blissful bursts of inspiration. They’re an Americana band, blending most of the touchstones, corralling folk, blues, country and rock. Footsteps relies on acoustic guitar and harmonies to gain a foothold, gradually introducing the piano, electric guitars and drums with a relaxed easy charm that is infectious. Continue reading “House Above The Sun “Five Hours North” (HATS Music, 2017)”

Chris Hillman updates Byrds’ classic

Sadly the track is embedded on Rolling Stone’s page so you’ll have to head there for a listen but it’s worth the click. They report: “This fall, with his 73rd birthday looming on the horizon, Chris Hillman will release Bidin’ My Time, a new album that both upholds and updates the country-rock sound he pioneered during the mid-Sixties. Although still something of an unsung hero within the Americana scene, Hillman has woven his legend throughout much of the last half-century, logging time in the Byrds’ original lineup before teaming up with Gram Parsons to launch the Flying Burrito Brothers in 1968. Continue reading “Chris Hillman updates Byrds’ classic”

The Byrds’ Chris Hillman announces new album

News courtesy of Stereogum this morning who report: “This fall, the Byrds’ Chris Hillman will release his first studio album in over a decade, Bidin’ My Time. It was produced by Tom Petty at his studio in SoCal, and featured guests on the recording include fellow Byrds David Crosby and Roger McGuinn, Herb Pedersen (who also served as executive producer), John Jorgensen, Jay Dee Maness, a bunch of Heartbreakers affiliates, and more. The album contains a few reworkings of old Byrds tracks and a number of Hillman originals. Check out the tracklist and a teaser for the album below. Continue reading “The Byrds’ Chris Hillman announces new album”

The Byrds “Live At The Fillmore – February 1969” (Floating World Records, 2017)

Oh to have been there – February 7th and 8th 1969 at Bill Graham’s Fillmore West! The irony is that The Byrds were a warm up act on this occasion, a sound check for others including Paul Butterfield, and just happened to be recorded by the Columbia engineers who were there and thankfully the tapes were kept. This is a fantastic record of one of the great bands in their 1960’s country rock heyday featuring the line up of Roger McGuinn on lead vocal and guitar, John York on bass, Gene Parsons (not Gram!) on drums and one of the truly great guitarists and innovators Clarence White whose distinct style shines through here and really lights up the performance.

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