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May 29, 2010 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
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.
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October 10, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Chris Hillman, a founding member of the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Desert Rose Band among many other respected groups over a half-century career, and Ash Grove founder Ed Pearl are being saluted as Best of the West honorees at the four-day Folk Alliance Region-West conference through Sunday in Irvine. Hillman will perform Saturday with longtime collaborator and frequent bandmate Herb Pedersen on the second of two evenings of showcase performances by area folk musicians including singer-songwriters Tracy Newman & the Reinforcements, Vance Gilbert and Houston & Jones.
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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.
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November 1, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
The Desert Rose Band, set to play a rare Los Angeles area show Saturday at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, was on the scene in the mid-1980s when all sorts of intriguing new country music acts were sprouting through the cracks in Nashville. Started by former member of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers Chris Hillman with longtime collaborator Herb Pedersen on banjo, bassist Bill Bryson and guitarist John Jorgenson, the group was part of a boundary-pushing collection of artists that also included k.d. lang, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle and the Mavericks.
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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
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October 10, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Chris Hillman, a founding member of the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Desert Rose Band among many other respected groups over a half-century career, and Ash Grove founder Ed Pearl are being saluted as Best of the West honorees at the four-day Folk Alliance Region-West conference through Sunday in Irvine. Hillman will perform Saturday with longtime collaborator and frequent bandmate Herb Pedersen on the second of two evenings of showcase performances by area folk musicians including singer-songwriters Tracy Newman & the Reinforcements, Vance Gilbert and Houston & Jones.
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November 1, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
The Desert Rose Band, set to play a rare Los Angeles area show Saturday at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, was on the scene in the mid-1980s when all sorts of intriguing new country music acts were sprouting through the cracks in Nashville. Started by former member of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers Chris Hillman with longtime collaborator Herb Pedersen on banjo, bassist Bill Bryson and guitarist John Jorgenson, the group was part of a boundary-pushing collection of artists that also included k.d. lang, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle and the Mavericks.
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June 16, 1992 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was a farmer had a dog, And Bingo was his name-o! Country music's legendary Merle Haggard singing "Bingo" on a children's record is about as incongruous as Bob Dylan's rendition of "This Old Man" on last year's pop all-star album "For the Children," from Walt Disney Records. Sing it Haggard does--smooth and sweet--on Disney's latest all-star effort, "Country Music for Kids," this one a for-profit venture, unlike "For the Children," which benefited the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
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April 25, 1986 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
Ex-Byrds member Chris Hillman wasted no time laying to rest any nostalgic speculation about a Byrds reunion growing out of the double bill he's sharing with the group's former leader Roger McGuinn tonight at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. "This is not another version of the Byrds," Hillman, 43, said by phone this week from his Ventura residence. "Roger will do a solo acoustic set and then we'll play.
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November 9, 2009 | Randy Lewis
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.
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May 29, 2010 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2009 | Randy Lewis
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.
SPORTS
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
NEWS
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.
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May 17, 2001 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 4, 1998 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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December 4, 1998 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2001 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 1992 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was a farmer had a dog, And Bingo was his name-o! Country music's legendary Merle Haggard singing "Bingo" on a children's record is about as incongruous as Bob Dylan's rendition of "This Old Man" on last year's pop all-star album "For the Children," from Walt Disney Records. Sing it Haggard does--smooth and sweet--on Disney's latest all-star effort, "Country Music for Kids," this one a for-profit venture, unlike "For the Children," which benefited the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 1986 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
Ex-Byrds member Chris Hillman wasted no time laying to rest any nostalgic speculation about a Byrds reunion growing out of the double bill he's sharing with the group's former leader Roger McGuinn tonight at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. "This is not another version of the Byrds," Hillman, 43, said by phone this week from his Ventura residence. "Roger will do a solo acoustic set and then we'll play.
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