Thursday, May 18, 2017

R.I.P. Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson, well-known west coast-based bass player, passed away on Sunday afternoon, April 30, 2017. He was 70 years old.

He was a life-long musician, gifted instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, who, following his return from military service in Vietnam, played continuously with local and national bands, playing old-time, bluegrass, and country music mostly in Los Angeles and the wider California area.

Bryson was a significant member of The Bluegrass Cardinals, The Desert Rose Band, The Laurel Canyon Ramblers. He also toured with Country Gazette and recorded with The Dillards and Rose Maddox.

R.I.P. Bill Bryson

Monday, May 1, 2017

New Chris Hillman Album In The Make

Hillman, now 73, learned from and remembers the strengths of every band he has played in, and their members are still friends.  

David Crosby sings on his upcoming album, and Roger McGuinn has lent a guitar riff for an unrecorded Byrds melody, "Here She Comes Again," on the disc that will come out in September.

Herb Pedersen offered the record project to Hillman, and he, Pedersen and Jorgenson worked with an impressive co-producer: rock elder statesman Tom Petty.

"He's a wonderful man, one of the sweetest guys in the business," Hillman declared. "I’ve never come across a more humble man, considering the position he's in and what a career he had."
His text proof is The Heartbreakers, Petty's band, who have stayed with him for more than 35 years, Hillman added. He had the supreme luxury of incorporating some Heartbreakers backup into his new album.

"We had a such a good time. And unbeknownst to me at the time, it became sort of a conceptual project covering my musical styles."

New Gene Clark website

There is a new Gene Clark website under development at

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

R.I.P. Gregg Thomas and Pat Robinson

Drummer Gregg Thomas, who played with McGuinn, Clark & Hillman, Gene Clark's Byrds Tribute, Roger McGuinn's Thunderbyrd, Neil Young, and many others passed away on March 27, due to complications from Parkinson's disease.

Songwriter, engineer, producer, singer, multi-instrumentalist Pat Robinson, who co-authored (among many others) "My Marie" with Gene Clark, passed away about eight months ago.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

John York Concerts (April-May 2017)

John York in San Diego in April.

He is going to do "YORK sings DYLAN" show in May in Altadena CA.
John York Solo
Saturday, April 29th, 8:15pm Free
Adams Avenue Unplugged in San Diego
Normal Heights Church
4650 Mansfield St. San Diego CA

Sunday, May 7th, 2017, 7pm $20
The Coffee Gallery Back Stage
2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001
Reservations: 626-798-6236

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Gene Parsons on soon to be released CD by Gwyneth Moreland

Another one that Morgan Daniel (from Foxglove) brought to our attention

Artist: Gwyneth Moreland
Album: Cider

Song list:
1. Movin' On
2. Broken Road
3. Little Bird
4. Farmhouse
5. Eloise
6. The California Zephyr (Gene Parsons on banjo, vocals)
7. Your Smile
8. Danny Parker (Gene Parsons on banjo)
9. Cider (Gene Parsons on pedal steel)
10. Summer Song

Label: Blue Rose Music
Year: 2017

Gene Parsons guests on a 2004 CD by Foxglove

This one has been brought to our attention by Morgan Daniel, a member of the band

Artist: Foxglove
Album: Foxglove

Song list: 
1. Firefly
2. Spinning World
3. Good Sense
4. Tongues of Fire (feat. Gene Parsons)
5. 10 Degrees and Getting Colder
6. Angel
7. Stars Slip By (feat. Gene Parsons)
8. Liberate Me
9. One of These Days
10. Storms Are one the Ocean
11. Adrenaline and Electricity
12. Rock of Ages

Label: independently released.
Year: 2004