October 25, 2017
Last month country rock legend Chris Hillman released Bidin My' Time, his seventh solo record. Known for his prowess on the mandolin, Hillman's career has spanned over fifty years and a variety of influential groups. Hillman's career began in the early '60s as a member of the bluegrass group the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers. In 1965, Hillman became a founding member of The Byrds. Despite commercial and critical success, the group was constantly changing membership. By 1967, Hillman was one of only two founding members left in the group. The late 60's were a crazy time for the Byrds since it was when Gram Parsons joined the group for a brief period.
Parsons' immediately formed a strong creative bond with Hillman and with him, the Byrds began to shift from folk to a sound that would become known as country rock. Parsons' time with the Byrds would be short lived. When he found out the band was set to play a concert in Apartheid South Africa, Parsons quit in protest in July of 1968. Hillman followed suit three months later. In 1970, Hillman became a member of The Flying Burrito Brothers alongside Parsons, where they would continue to craft their unique sound. Following his work with The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, Hillman found success embracing his country and bluegrass roots as a member of the Desert Rose Band.
Bidin' My Time was produced by Tom Petty and features appearances from fellow Byrds David Crosby and Roger McGuinn.