Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Roots and Branches

While wandering through my record collection, yes, vinyl records, I came across two bands that are were pivotal in the development of Bluegrass/Country/Country-Rock. The Dillards (also known as "the Darling Boys" on The Andy Griffith Show) and the Byrds.
Not only did these two bands set the stage for the mellow country-rock of the '70s (Eagles, Pure Prairie league, Marshal Tucker, Poco...)but they affected every bluegrass and country musician since. Especially after the Dillards landmark "Will the Circle be Unbroken" lp. Both bands helped to blur the lines between the genres. They changed and traded personnel throughout their long histories. The names are legendary; Doug and Rodney Dillard, Gram Parsons, Roger McGuin, John Hartford, Chris Hillman, Herb Pederson, David Crosby, Clarence White,...
For more info on the Byrds, check out the wealth of info here.
And for the Dillards, try here.
You can still buy many Dillards and Gram Parsons cd's and lp's at Sierra Records.

the Dillards - One A.M. from "Roots and Branches" ~1971

the Byrds - You're Still On My Mind from "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" 1968


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Ed arent you gald that you have hung onto those old vinyl
records because their is some
good stuff back on those old things
Bringing up the Dillard is a group
that I havent even thought about
for a long time.

Good Job

November 17, 2005 8:18 AM  
Blogger countrygrrl said...

love the blog...been relistening to the byrds whilst rustling up the supper. thanx for the plug for is the god..

November 17, 2005 3:58 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Amen, Countrygrrl.

November 17, 2005 7:53 PM  

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