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A Talk with Chris Hillman: Pioneer of the Americana Sound

This edition of  "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2020 

Guest:  CHRIS HILLMAN (ex-Byrds, Manassas and more)

For this edition of "Midwest BEAT," show host/producer Tom Lounges chatted by phone with one of the true pioneers of the modern rock-infused Americana sound.  String instrumentalist CHRIS HILLMAN has been around for many decades playing music and has been instrumental (pardon the pun) in the success of several major musical groups.

Hillman was not only the co-founder of "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" inductee, THE BYRDS, but he was a co-founding member of other top recording acts, including The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, and Desert Rose Band.

For the last several years, Hillman has been working primarily as a solo acoustic artist and working in the duet format with former DRB collaborater, Herb Pedersen.   The last recorded project Hillman did was with Pedersen and was produced by the late, great Tom Petty.

In his lengthy chat with show host Lounges, Hillman speaks candidly shares his thoughts and some insights on his impressive career, working with Petty, his willingness to perform again with fellow Byrd icon Roger McGuinn, and his plans from this point forward in music and life.

Chris Hillman is far more than a rock star. He is one of the architects of American music and one of the most legendary guests to have appeared on this program in a long time.

Tom Lounges has been a region radio personality and a music journalist since 1979. For the last 35-years, he has been reporting on entertainment as a weekly columnist and feature writer for The Times newspaper. He was also publisher and editor of the monthly tri-state entertainment magazine ("Midwest BEAT Magazine") for over two decades, he has written hundreds of features for numerous national glossy magazines over the decades, and he wrote "Liner Notes" for over a dozen albums release by Sony Records.