Chris Hillman - lead vocals, bass; John Brennen - lead guitar; Tommy Buckman - bass; Mike Huey - drums; Kim O'Kelly - background; Skip Edwards - keyboards, pedal steel
Many people don't know it, but Chris Hillman was one of the key innovators to spearhead the musical genre known as country-rock. A founding member of The Byrds, Hillman joined the LA based pioneering rock band in 1964 in Los Angeles, after years of playing a number of instruments in different bluegrass bands. When Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Gene Clark decided to make the transition from acoustic trio to full blown rock band, it was their producer, Jim Dickson, who recommended Hillman (who by then was exploring rock 'n' roll) for the role of bassist. With Michael Clarke on drums, The Byrds debuted in 1965 with a cover of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," and the rest, as we know, is history.
Through the rock era of the 1960s, Hillman never lost his interest in country music. He stayed with The Byrds until 1968, when he formed The Flying Burrito Brothers with another Byrds alumnus, Gram Parsons. Hillman spearheaded FBB through various line-up changes, but by 1972 the band was falling apart, prompting Hillman to join Stephen Stills' Manassas, where he remained until the following year. Subsequently, he recorded a Byrds reunion album, formed a band with Poco's Richie Furay and JD Souther, and recorded a solo abum. In addition, he was an in-demand studio musician, recording with the likes of Gene Clark, Dillard & Clark, Poco, and others.
This show was recorded at New York's Bottom Line while Hillman was promoting his second solo album, Clear Sailing. He offers up material from his two solo albums, songs from his years with The Flying Burrito Brothers, and material he wrote and recorded with Stills for Manassas. It was the first of three shows recorded for the syndicated radio concert series, which, for the final radio broadcast, drew the best takes from all three shows. Highlights include "Hot Burrito #2," "Rise and Fall," "Love Is The Sweetest Amnesty," "Sin City" and a medley of songs from his Manassas days, "It Doesn't Matter/Bound To Lose." He closes the show with a cover of the Elvis rockabilly classic, "Mystery Train."