Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen make appearance at Thrasher
What do The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Bros., Manassas, Souther-Hillman-Furray and The Desert Rose Band all have in common? The folk, bluegrass, Country-rock sound of performer Chris Hillman, who will be performing along with band member Herb Pedersen at the historic Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Arguably known as the pioneer of "Country Rock," Hillman has carved a permanent niche in the history of contemporary American music through his work with those notable bands. In 1991, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Byrds, and has received numerous accolades for his songwriting.
Herb Pedersen was the number one session singer and instrumentalist in the Los Angeles area for decades, performing on many notable artists' albums. By the early 1980s Hillman had returned to his bluegrass and country roots, recording two acclaimed (mainly acoustic) albums for Sugar Hill Records with singer/guitarist/banjo player Herb Pedersen (a former member of The Dillards). Soon after, Hillman and Pedersen formed the Desert Rose Band; this proved to be Hillman's most commercially-successful post-Byrds project.
Their first album generated two Top Ten country hits in "Love Reunited", "One Step Forward" and the number-one single "He's Back and I'm Blue." From 1987 until late 1993 the band recorded seven albums and had a string of 16 country-music hits (the majority of which were in the country Top Ten) and a number of Academy of Country Music awards before disbanding in 1994. As Hillman said, "We definitely quit while we were ahead."
In 2008, members of the Desert Rose Band played their first reunion at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA. This would be the first time the group had played together in 19 years. As of September 2012, Hillman and Pedersen have been touring together as an acoustic duo.
Tickets are only $30 and available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick Ní Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279. Online tickets available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com.