Classic Americana Albums: Manassas “Manassas” (Atlantic Records, 1972)

His bandmate Graham Nash may have sung prophetically of being ‘King Midas in Reverse‘ – everything that is touched would turn to rust – but there was a golden period from the release of ‘Crosby Stills and Nash‘ in 1969 until maybe as late as 1977 when all that the trio, and occasional quartet with Young, touched was if not pure gold then a good quality alloy of gold and silver. Amongst all their combined outpourings as various solo, duo and full trio outputs there was also Stephen Stills’ incomparable side-band Manassas. Continue reading “Classic Americana Albums: Manassas “Manassas” (Atlantic Records, 1972)”

Chris Hillman performs Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers” – Watch

Rounder Records have posted a nice clip this morning of Chris Hillman performing what seems to be the go to song now for Tom Petty tributes. The performance is taken from his October 2017 concert at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, and Hillman‘s version of “Wildflowers” also appeared on his 2017 album “Bidin’ My Time” which was produced by Tom Petty.

Stereogum premieres new Tom Petty cover by Chris Hillman

Stereogum are previewing a track from the country-rock pioneer Chris Hillman, a founding member of both the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, who is putting out his first album in over a decade next month. “Appropriately entitled Bidin’ My Time, the LP was produced by Tom Petty, and Hillman decided to show his appreciation by including a cover of Petty’s own “Wildflowers” on the tracklist. His version is warm, lived-in, and lovely, starting out with just guitar and Hillman’s tender vocals before gradually building up into a lush front-porch symphony.” We can’t embed it sorry but you can hear it over at Stereogum here, and you can hear the lovely original below. Continue reading “Stereogum premieres new Tom Petty cover by Chris Hillman”