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Just out on CD and Vinyl:

Christian Parker – Sweethearts

A Tribute To The Byrds’ “Sweetheart Of The Rodeo”

Featuring Earl Poole Ball And JayDee Maness

---‘Sweethearts’ is a tribute to the Byrds 1968’s classic ‘Sweetheart Of The Rodeo’ album. Christian Parker & Earl Poole Ball, one of the original sessions, co-produced and contributed piano to this modern interpretation. JayDee Maness, one of the original pedal steel players making a special appearance, joined the sessions. In 1968, the album managed to disappoint and, in many cases, alienate almost everyone who heard it. It would be much later before it was recognized as the iconic piece of work that it is. ‘Sweetheart Of The Rodeo’ is widely regarded as the album defining country rock, but the rock part is almost silent. The whole thing is almost out and out of the country, with huge dollops of pedal steel, banjo, fiddle, and almost everything other kinds of instrument you would expect to hear in the mainstream twangy country that existed at that time.---

1. You Ain’t Going Nowhere (3:12)
2. I Am A Pilgrim (3:43)
3. The Christian Life (2:32)
4. You Don’t Miss Your Water (3:43)
5. You’re Still On My Mind (2:29)
6. Pretty Boy Floyd (2:31)
7. I Still Miss Someone (2:51)
8. Hickory Wind (4:07)
9. One Hundred Years From Now (2:37)
10. Blue Canadian Rockies (2:02)
11. Life In Prison (2:43)
12. Nothing Was Delivered (3:20)
13. Satisfied Mind (3:22)
14. Drug Store Truck Driving Man (3:57)

You can get it here:

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Although the current Burrito Brothers comprise no original member (Chris P. James, Tony Paoletta, Peter Young and new guitarist Steve Allen who replaces the recently deceased Bob Hatter), we feel we should mention that their new CD titled “Together” is out.

It seems the current members have put music to "unreleased" lyrics by Gram Parsons. Strange as "Mr. Customs Man" has already been released on the year 2000 album "THE GRAM PARSONS NOTEBOOK - THE LAST WHIPPOORWHILL" but titled "L.A. Customs Blues". I haven't checked if the melody is the same though. Probably not as the current lineup is credited for it.


Ms. Misery / Mr. Customs Man (lyrics by Gram Parsons)/ Together / Let Go / Blood On His Hands / Boiling Point / Streets Of Santa Rosa / I Live For Loving You / History Suite

More info here:

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Planned for release on September 22nd, 2023 is a new CD by Clarence White, titled “The Lost Masters 1963-1973”

See track listing on image of rear trail

Pre-orders are open on most usual sites

UPDATE 2023/08/06:

Actually a re-release by the Liberation Hall label of Clarence White's "White Lightnin’" CD released in 2008 on John Delgatto's Sierra label with some minor changes in the music tracks

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From Paul Kendall, filmmaker of the movie “The Byrd Who Flew Alone” about Gene Clark:

Hello there

A little while back, with a big assist from two of my sons, I made 'The Byrd Who Flew Alone' - a feature length documentary about Gene Clark, who I'm sure needs no introduction. You may have heard about it. Or even seen it.

Sadly we sold out of the DVD last year, TV screenings have come to an end and we're still trying to get it up on one of the streaming platforms.

But what is available is a new book I've written, about the struggles and joys of getting the film made, with minimal resources or experience and very little help from outside my family and Gene's.

It's called 'The Film That Flew Alone'. If you might be interested in reading it, you'll find it here:

If you're not in the USA, you may need to put the title into the search box on your local Amazon site.

All the best

Paul Kendall

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All written / recorded (1964-1973) by Byrds, incl. some songs members wrote / performed before joining Byrds; excl.  bootlegs, MP3's, DVD's, promos (unless sold in retail outlets) & unreleased recordings. 

Updated July 2023


Download it here:

Compiled by David Chirko, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada  &

Many thanks to David.

Views: 14 | Added by: Byrds-Flyght | Date: 2023-07-16 | Comments (0)

Our friend from Germany Horst-Peter Schmidt just released (today July 2nd, 2023) a new album by his band Starbyrd. 

It's called TRANSITION.

Once again, the music will appeal to all Byrds fans as it is full of HPS’ chiming 12-string Rickenbacker sound and harmony vocals.

Here is the track listing:

01 Rickified (Schmidt)

02 Aging (Schmidt)

03 Storm Cloud In The Sky (Schmidt)

04 Caught Up In Illusions (Schmidt)

05 Wooden Ships (Stills/Crosby/Kantner)

06 Friendship Is The Greatest Gift Of All (Schmidt)

07 Where Are You Going To (Schmidt)

08 Strabded (Schmidt)

09  It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (Dylan)

10 Childhood Memories (Schmidt)

11 Going Back (Goffin/King)

12 Russian Hill (Levy/McGuinn)

13 Song For Charlotte (Schmidt)

14 The Lady (Levy/McGuinn)

15 Soon The Summer Will Be Gone (Schmidt)

16 I Watch The Snow Fall (Schmidt)

17 Silver Moon (Schmidt)

18 Walk In The Park (Schmidt)

19 David Croz (Schmidt)

20 Chesntnut Mare (Levy/McGuinn)

21 A Legend In His Time (Schmidt)

Highly recommended.

You can get it by writing to Horst-Peter at:

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Gene Parsons and his daughter Polly are heavily featured on Robert Wessel’s CD EP titled « Songs For Horses » released in 2022.

Get here it directly from the artist:

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We just discovered that Gene Parsons contributes to a 2011 Various Artists tribute to Hank Williams CD / LP titled "The Lost Notebooks Of Hank Williams"

He plays pedal steel guitar on Sheryl Crow's rendition of "Angel Mine".


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Gene Parsons appears on two tracks on the just digitally released (June 1st, 2023) new 6-track album by Foxglove titled « Heavy With Hope”

Gwyneth Moreland: lead and harmony vocals, guitar, accordion.

Morgan Daniel: lead and harmony vocals, guitar.

John Bush: lead and harmony vocals, bass, drums, percussion.

Booi Volk: mandolin, banjo, guitar, hand pan.

Gene Parsons appears as a special guest:

Banjo (Grateful For a New Day)

Pedal steel and harmony vocals (Hazy California Wildfire Sunset)

The CD is available from digital outlets

It will also be released as a physical CD soon.

Views: 26 | Added by: Byrds-Flyght | Date: 2023-06-02 | Comments (0)

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