Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen
Chris Hillman was part of two pretty popular little 1960s bands called the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, and he was making Americana music long before the genre had a name. A genuine California cowboy when he was young, Chris grew up on a San Diego County ranch, riding horses, and doing ranch chores, but his interests would soon change from spurs and saddles to guitars and mandolins. Chris received the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Bluegrass has always been an important part of Chris's music, and he teamed up with his Desert Rose Band cohort Herb Pedersen for a wonderful series of bluegrass albums that encompass traditional sounds, Byrds classics, Desert Rose Band country hits, and more. Herb Pedersen is the leader of the Laurel Canyon Ramblers, long one of the preeminent bands in L.A. bluegrass, and he's worked with a whole roster of stars in bluegrass, country, and rock. In person these two veterans deliver a relaxed bluegrass show with the spontaneous quality that comes only from absolute mastery.