May 29, 2010 |
The Desert Rose Band couldn't have picked a more appropriate site for launching a brief reunion tour than Buck Owens Crystal Palace in the capital of California country music. The group, formed by Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers founding member Chris Hillman, arrived in the mid-'80s as the latest in his long string of distinguished Southland ensembles in which he and abundantly talented cohorts proudly pushed, poked and prodded at the boundaries that often, unnecessarily, separated rock, folk and country music.
November 9, 2009 |
Just a week after several of the highest-profile members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gathered in New York for the hall's 25th anniversary blowout concerts at Madison Square Garden, another member of that elite pack was setting up in a very different environment. Without an ounce of hoopla, Chris Hillman, who was inducted into the Rock Hall in 1991 as a founding member of the Byrds, slipped the strap for his mandolin over his shoulder Saturday night, stepped up to a makeshift stage for a church benefit concert.
December 29, 2001
but He's Not Jiggling Say what you will about Chick Hearn, but Paul Sunderland is doing a great job filling in. It's not easy at the last minute to sub for somebody who has been at it as long as Chick has. Nice job, Paul. I'm sure Stu Lantz appreciates your professionalism too. Herb Pedersen Valley Village
May 22, 2001
Bluegrass musician--The headline for a story in Thursday's Calendar Weekend misstated bluegrass musician Herb Pedersen's role at the annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival. Pedersen and his group, the Laurel Canyon Ramblers, were part of the headline entertainment at the event, held on Sunday.
May 17, 2001 |
The Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival has been the meeting place for countless bluegrass and country musicians since it started in 1961. This year's lineup includes the Laurel Canyon Ramblers, the Iron Mountain String Band, folk singers Cathy Barton & Dave Para, Fred Sokolow singing Hank Williams' tunes, plus hundreds of individual banjo, fiddle and guitar players vying for cash awards and prizes at the daylong event.
December 4, 1998 |
How did a guy from Berkeley ever get into this kind of music? That question is put frequently to Herb Pedersen, the banjo- and guitar-pickin', sweet-voiced tenor of the Laurel Canyon Ramblers. Kentucky, Virginia or maybe the Carolinas are where you'd look for his kind of folk-country music. However, before student demonstrations thrust UC Berkeley into the national news in the mid-60s, it was the site of an annual folk festival.