Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen

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Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen have had a lasting musical friendship spanning over forty-five years, since their initial meeting in Los Angeles during the early folk and bluegrass movement.

In the summer of 1964, Hillman put down his mandolin after being recruited to play electric bass for a new band, The Byrds. Through various Number One hit songs such as Mr. Tambourine Man and Turn! Turn! Turn!, The Byrds established themselves as a cornerstone in the new cultural and musical movement of the Sixties. Herb Pedersen continued his career in bluegrass, working with the incomparable Flatt and Scruggs, among others. In 1967, Hillman established himself as a songwriter with his first song, Time Between, noted by many as being the first country-rock song. After his tenure with The Byrds, Hillman, along with Gram Parsons, formed The Flying Burrito Brothers, now looked upon as the forerunners of the alternative country-rock style.

From The Flying Burrito Brothers to Manassas and then on to Souther–Hillman–Furay, Chris Hillman continued to develop as a singer and songwriter. In the early 1980s, Hillman reunited with Herb Pedersen and, along with John Jorgenson, formed the critically acclaimed Desert Rose Band. The Desert Rose Band enjoyed numerous Number One country singles throughout the decade, including One Step Forward, Summer Wind, and He’s Back and I’m Blue. By the mid-nineties, Hillman and Pedersen began performing as an acoustic duo and have recorded several successful albums together. Their latest record, “At Edward’s Barn,” continues their long-running love for the music they embraced so passionately years ago. For more information, visit

In the News

Herb Pedersen Talks Chris Hillman, Desert Rose Band and Plaza Playhouse Theater Show (Noozhawk)

Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen Transcend at New Hope Winery (

The Byrds’ Chris Hillman, 52 years of Performing and Still Going Strong (

Chris Hillman: The TVD Interview (The Vinyl District)

Out & About: Desert Rose Band (The Roanoke Times)

Chris and Herb: Way Out Midwest (Power Line)

Country Group Desert Rose Band Acoustic Performs Saturday (The Gainesville Sun)

Desert Rose Band Unplugs for Joe Val Festival (The Boston Globe)

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