Chris Hillman with Katy Daley on Thursday

Country rock pioneer and California bluegrass legend Chris Hillman will be the guest on Thursday morning’s (5/13) Katy Daley show on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country. Chris is coming on to talk about his upcoming Rounder CD with Herb Pedersen and his May 20 presentation at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

The CD, Chris and Herb at Edwards’ Barn, is expected in September with Hillman on mandolin and guitar, Pedersen on banjo and guitar, Bill Bryson on bass, David Mansfield on fiddle and Larry Park on acoustic guitar. It was recorded live in December ’09 at Edwards’ Barn in Nipomo, CA.

Chris and Herb are both outstanding vocalists who were a part of the west coast bluegrass scene in the 1960s, eventually finding success in the pop and country scene as well. Hillman was a founding member of The Byrds, along with Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Gene Clark. He later performed with The Flying Burrito Brothers, Steven Stills’ Manassas and The Desert Rose Band.

As a young man in the ’60s he played bluegrass in California with Don Parmley and Vern Gosdin as a member of The Golden State Boys. This was the premier bluegrass act on the west coast, which played a large part in bringing a young Tony Rice into bluegrass. Tony’s dad and one of his uncles also spent time with The Golden State Boys.

Katy sent a taste of their discussion, which will air on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. (EDT)

Chris Hillman interview with Katy Daley:     []

You can hear the whole interview online at, Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. Sounds like it will be a good’n.

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