Hillman binds his time
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
– Chris Hillman, a founding member of The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas and the Desert Rose Band, will release "Bidin' My Time," on Sept. 22 on Rounder.
The release was his first studio album in over a decade. Tom Petty produced the album at his studio in Southern California, and Hillman's longtime collaborator and co-founder of the Desert Rose Band Herb Pedersen served as Executive Producer.
Featured performers and guests on the recording include The Byrds co-founders David Crosby and Roger McGuinn; Desert Rose Band alumni Pedersen, John Jorgenson, and Jay Dee Maness; Petty and fellow Heartbreakers Mike Campbell, Steve Ferrone, and Benmont Tench; Mark Fain, Josh Jové, and Gabe Witcher.
The album kicks off with a new recording of Pete Seeger's and Welsh poet Idris Davies' "The Bells of Rhymney," which The Byrds recorded for their debut, "Mr. Tambourine Man." The song was always been Hillman's favorite song the band ever recorded. Crosby and Pedersen contribute harmonies to the tune, which swells from stripped-down folk into a layered rock-and-roll cry. "I decided to cut it again because I wanted to sing with David and Herb, two great tenors," Hillman said. "David just loves Herb's singing, and at 75 years old, David is still a powerful singer - one of the best I've ever worked with or been around."
Another Byrds nod, "Here She Comes Again" was co-written by Hillman and McGuinn, and until now, had only been recorded on a live album in Australia. Hillman plays bass, the instrument he originally played with The Byrds but hadn't picked up in more than 30 years. "She Don't Care About Time" was written by Byrds co-founder Gene Clark, who died in 1991. Hillman had always felt the song, which was the original b-side to "Turn! Turn! Turn!," never quite got the attention it deserved.
Hillman reworked "Old John Robertson," first featured on "The Notorious Byrd Brothers" in 1968, to write "New Old John Robertson." An ambling story song about a kind old man who lived in Hillman's tiny hometown, the tune is stepped in Hillman's bluegrass roots. The album also includes interpretations of the Everly Brothers' "Walk Right Back," Petty's "Wildflowers," and "When I Get a Little Money," written by family friend Nathan Barrow.
Hillman wrote front-porch jam session "Such is the World We Live In" wonders what Hillman's great-grandfather would say about current events.
"I did everything I felt was right in the moment," Hillman said. "I did my very best. That's all any of us can do."
Hillman and Pedersen with John Jorgenson announced a series of tour dates for this fall.
1. Bells of Rhymney
2. Bidin' My Time
3. Given All I Can See
4. Different Rivers
5. Here She Comes Again
6. Walk Right Back
7. Such Is The World That We Live In
8. When I Get a Little Money
9. She Don't Care About Time
10. New Old John Robertson
Tour dates are:
Sept. 21 Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theatre
Sept. 22 New York City Winery
Sept. 23 Fall River, MA Narrows Center for the Arts
Sept. 24 Boston City Winery
Sept. 26 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
Sept. 29 Duluth, GA The Red Clay Theatre
Oct. 1 Nashville City Winery
Oct. 4 Newport, KY Southgate House Revival
Oct. 5 Kent, OH Kent Stage
Oct. 6 Chicago Old Town School of Folk Music
Oct. 7 Edwardsville, IL The Wildey Theatre
Oct. 12 Bakersfield, CA Buck Owens' Crystal Palace
Oct. 13 Berkeley, CA Freight & Salvage
Oct. 16 West Hollywood, CA The Troubadour
Oct. 26-28 Park City, UT The Egyptian Theatre
Nov. 8 Baton Rouge, LA Red Dragon Listening Room
Nov. 9 The Woodlands, TX Dosey Doe Barn
Nov. 10 Austin, TX Texas Union Theater
Jan. 27, 2018 Thousand Oaks, Ca. Scherr Theatre
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