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On June 8th, 2009, BYRDS FLYGHT celebrated its 10th anniversary online.

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Byrds Flyght's blog is at

Blog is now (as from December 26, 2010) also at

Byrds Flyght's blog for spare copies of Byrds-related items is at

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This NEWS PAGE will cease to be updated as of today, March 24, 2012.

All Byrds related news info and bits and pieces will now exclusively be uploaded to both BYRDS FLYGHT blogs at:

Follow us there!

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Sierra Records' 2007 CD Sixties Transition (with Byrds and Byrds-related unreleased tracks) has just been re-released by the RetroWorld label in the U.K. with different artwork.

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John York's new CD, called FANFARE FOR 2, has just been released by GRA Records.

Track listing:

1 Half Moon Bay
2 Lone Wolf, No Club
3 Red, White & Blue
4 Coyote
5 I Feel It Now
6 Sea Of Wine
7 Wasn't That You
8 You Just Love Cocaine
9 Power Of Now
10 Reach Out (I'll Be There)
11 Behind The Scenes
12 Lucky & The Trash Angel
13 Setup for Heartbreak

You can order your copy directly from the label at

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The Byrds' 5th Lp, The Notorious Brothers, has just been re-released on high quality (180 gram) vinyl by the Music On Vinyl label (a subsidiary of Sony/Columbia).

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The Byrds PREFLYTE recordings (recorded at World Pacific Studios when they were still called The Jet Set and The Beefeaters) have now be released with 8 bonus tracks, some of which have never been available before (see tracks 26-28)

Disc: 1

1. The Reason Why
2. You Won't Have To Cry
3. She Has A Way
4. You Showed Me
5. Here Without You
6. Don't Be Long
7. I Knew I'd Want You
8. Boston
9. Tomorrow Is A Long Ways Away
10. For Me Again
11. It's No Use
12. You Movin'
13. Please Let Me Love You
14. Airport Song
15. Mr. Tambourine Man
16. She Has a Way
17. I Knew I'd Want You
18. Boston
19. You Showed Me
20. The Times They Are A Changin'

Disc: 2

1. The Only Girl I Adore
2. Tomorrow Is A Long Ways Away
3. You Showed Me
4. I Knew I'd Want You
5. You Won't Have To Cry
6. Mr. Tambourine Man
7. Willie Jean
8. Come Back Baby
9. Jack Of Diamonds
10. Get Together
11. She Has A Way
12. Here Without You
13. For Me Again
14. It's No Use
15. You Movin'
16. Boston
17. She Has A Way
18. You Movin'
19. Reason Why
20. It's No Use

21. Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Demo)
22. You Won’t Have To Cry (Demo)
23. You Showed Me (Demo)
24. I Knew I’d Want You (Demo)
25. Mr Tambourine Man (Demo)
26. She’s The Kind Of Girl (Demo)
27. I’m Just A Young Man (Demo)
28. Everybody’s Been Burned (Demo)

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Months and months after being announced, this DVD has finally become available from some outlets.

The Byrds – The Lost Broadcasts (Gonzo label)

Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, Gene Parsons, Skip Battin, Jimmi Seiter

The Lost Broadcasts are a series of DVD sets featuring performances that have rarely been seen since the original transmission on german television, in some cases more than forty years ago.

The Byrds first session from the 19th of May 1971 featured newer material including Chestnut Mare from the band’s critically well received album Untitled alongside the classic songs So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star, Mr Tambourine Man and Eight Miles High. The second session comes from October 1972 and they perform three versions of Black Mountain Rag and two versions of So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star.

1. Chestnut Mare 1

2. Chestnut Mare 2

3. Eight Miles High

4. Mr Tambourine Man

5. Black Mountain Rag 1

6. Black Mountain Rag 2

7. Black Mountain Rag 3

8. So You Want to Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star 1

9. So You Want to Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star 2

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Issue # 6  of FANTASTIC EXPEDITION is out.

Dedicated to Rick Roberts’ solo work, this issue features an in depth review of WINDMILLS with a return to the Burritos for a 3rd Dutch tour.

New interviews with Erik Dalton and Rick Roberts which touches upon his Flying Burrito Brothers period, solo and Firefall.

Plenty of amazing anecdotes including new stories involving Chris Hillman, Michael Clarke and Gram Parsons.

You can order it from Jason at

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Setlist: The Very Best Of The Byrds - Live is the complete title of the newly released CD by The Byrds.

It features previously released live tracks from:

Radiohuset (Sweden 1967), The Fillmore West (San Francisco 1969), The Fillmore East (New York 1970), The Felt Forum (New York 1970) and The Queen's College (New York 1970)

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A second box of The Byrds' Original Albums Classics has been released by Columbia-Legacy.

It contains the following 5 'remastered' albums with bonus tracks:

Sweetheart Of The Rodeo
Dr Byrds & Mr Hyde
Ballad Of Easy Rider
Farther Along

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The Byrds PREFLYTE recordings (recorded at World Pacific Studios when they were still called The Jet Set and The Beefeaters) is planned to be re-released with 8 bonus tracks, some of which have never been available before (see tracks 26-28)

Disc: 1

1. The Reason Why
2. You Won't Have To Cry
3. She Has A Way
4. You Showed Me
5. Here Without You
6. Don't Be Long
7. I Knew I'd Want You
8. Boston
9. Tomorrow Is A Long Ways Away
10. For Me Again
11. It's No Use
12. You Movin'
13. Please Let Me Love You
14. Airport Song
15. Mr. Tambourine Man
16. She Has a Way
17. I Knew I'd Want You
18. Boston
19. You Showed Me
20. The Times They Are A Changin'

Disc: 2

1. The Only Girl I Adore
2. Tomorrow Is A Long Ways Away
3. You Showed Me
4. I Knew I'd Want You
5. You Won't Have To Cry
6. Mr. Tambourine Man
7. Willie Jean
8. Come Back Baby
9. Jack Of Diamonds
10. Get Together
11. She Has A Way
12. Here Without You
13. For Me Again
14. It's No Use
15. You Movin'
16. Boston
17. She Has A Way
18. You Movin'
19. Reason Why
20. It's No Use

21. Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Demo)
22. You Won’t Have To Cry (Demo)
23. You Showed Me (Demo)
24. I Knew I’d Want You (Demo)
25. Mr Tambourine Man (Demo)
26. She’s The Kind Of Girl (Demo)
27. I’m Just A Young Man (Demo)
28. Everybody’s Been Burned (Demo)

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The first volume of Byrds biographer Johnny Rogan's new book, REQUIEM FOR THE TIMELESS (Volume 1) (1200 pages) is now available from the usual major outlets.


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Here's for our italian readers:

The new issue of the LATE FOR THE SKY music magazine has a 12 pages long article about Gene Clark.

Contributions by Kai Clark (Gene's son), Sid Griffin, Cindy Bullens (who sung on No Other) and old bandmates like Chris Hillman, John York and session men like Herb Pedersen and Al Perkins..

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It's RECORD STORE DAY again on Friday, November 25, 2011.

Two new 45 rpm singles by THE BYRDS will be released by Sundazed Records on this occasion, which be available only in participating record stores (not online - theoretically)

1) The Times The Are A-Changin' / She Don't Care About Time
(this is the projected single that was shelved at the last minute in favour of "Turn Turn Turn"

2) Eight Miles High / Why
(these are the original versions cut at RCA Studios and later re-recorded at Columbia Studios for release)

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The Byrds backing band for Fats Domino???

Yes Sir; just watch this YouTube video from 5:33 on...

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Remastered versions (with bonus tracks) of Dillard & Clark's 2 LPs are set to be released tomorrow (October 11, 2011) on 1 CD on the BEAT GOES ON label.

1. Out on the Side
2. She Darked the Sun
3. Don't Come Rollin'
4. Train Leaves Here This Mornin'
5. With Care from Someone
6. The Radio Song
7. Git It on Brother (Git in Line Brother)
8. In the Plan
9. Something's Wrong
10. No Longer a Sweetheart of Mine
11. Through the Morning, Through the Night
12. Rocky Top
13. So Sad
14. Corner Street Bar
15. I Bowed My Head and Cried Holy
16. Kansas City Southern
17. Four Walls
18. Polly
19. Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
20. Don't Let Me Down
21. Why Not Your Baby [Bonus Track]
22. Lyin' Down the Middle [Bonus Track]
23. Don't Be Cruel [Bonus Track]

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This is the 4th year John York has been playing music with Barry McGuire.
They are going to film a DVD of the
Trippin' The Sixties show in Santa Cruz.
If you want to be a part of this special event, please join them!

Trippin The Sixties
Barry McGuire & John York
Rio Theater
Friday, September 23, 2011, 7:30pm
Door ticket: $20
Advance ticket: $15
1205 Soquel Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95062
event info: 831-423-8209

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It's now confirmed that the following albums by Gene Clark are going to be re-released on heavy vinyl by Sundazed Records at the end of this month (september 2011)

The Fantastic Expedition Of Dillard And Clark

White Light

The albums will be released on CD and VINYL (you can order already from

The artwork is similar to the previous releases, except for Roadmaster which has a completely new picture on the front cover :

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John York of The Byrds

Thursday . September 8 . 7:30 PM

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 W. Malvern Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92833

$10 Non-member . $8 Student/Senior . $5 Member

John York, from the legendary ’60s band, The Byrds, will be performing classic songs from the ’60s, along with some of his original songs. Accompanying John York will be acclaimed poets in the ’60s theme.

 call 866-411-1212 to purchase ticket -

*Tickets available at the door when purchased online.

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Byrds Collector Whin Oppice has sent us pictures of an acetate for an unreleased Gene Clark single.

Click here for details:

These single versions are two of the unreleased recordings that will be played at the Gene Clark Unreleased Recordings Listening Symposium in Kansas City November 4-6, 2011.

Write Whin at for more details.

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According to a reliable source, the following albums by Gene Clark are planned to be re-released on heavy vinyl by Sundazed Records this fall:

White Light
The Fantastic Expedition Of Dillard And Clark
Through The Morning, Through The Night

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46 years after it was projected and then withdrawn, a copy of the legendary Byrds picture sleeve single of " The Times They-Are A-Changin' " b/w " She Don't Care About Time " has finally surfaced.

It's up for sale (minimum bid = $2,000) at:

This JOHN TEFTELLER auction link was sent to Byrds Flyght by Byrds Collector Supreme WHIN OPPICE - Many thanks to him

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John York's new CD, titled WEST COAST REVELATION (a collaboration with Kim Fowley), goes on sale on June 30, 2011


1. Angels and Trucks

2. The Earth is Getting Warmer

3. East Coast Confidential

4. Flower Girls

5. West Coast Revelation #1

6. Psychedelic

7. West Coast Revelation #

8. Movin Out For Years

9. West Coast Revelation #3

10. Picnic In Eternity

11. Silver 60s #1

12. Halfway House

13. Silver 60s #2

14. Laurel Canyon and Topanga

15. Silver 60s #3

16. Rock n Roll Is Another Name For Freedom

17. Hangin Out

18. Queen Of The Blues

19. 21st Century

20. Memories Of Days Gone By

21. Japan And Europe

22. Sayonara

Recommended by Byrds Flyght. 

You can get it from GRA Records at

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Country Funk's second album was recorded in 1971 but has just been released in June 2011. It features guests Michael Clarke, Jock Bartley, Mark Andes from Firefall (next to a few others) on tracks marked *

A Place To Call Home
JJ Boyd
Smart Ass
Got To Be Gone
Susan Sky
Why Won't We Listen To Our Heart *
Music, Friends And Love
Cool Country Breeze *
People At The Top
The Dolphins
Linda Longtime
Goodbye, I'm Letting Go

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A new Byrds Box Set has just been released by Sony. 

It’s called The Complete Columbia Albums Collection.

The box houses 13 CDs in 11 cardboard sleeves (replicas of the original
vinyl covers) (11 singles and 2 gatefolds – Sweetheart Of The Rodeo Legacy
Edition (2 CDs) and Untiltled / Unissued (2 CDs)).

Some of the covers are actual scans of used LPs, as one can clearly notice
ringwear on the back.

The CDs are the remastered versions first issued in the 90s with bonus

There also is a 40 page booklet with all recording details (musicians,
dates, etc…) and track-by-track comments.

Nothing new, but a nice object for completist collectors.

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Byrds Collector Supreme Whin Oppice has sent us a picture (and the lyrics) of an unreleased Gene Clark song which he owns an acetate of.

Click here for details:

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Andrew Gold passed away in his sleep last night Friday, June 3rd......He would have been 60 in August.

Andrew was a fantastic solo artist, but also a big Byrds fan, and the founder / leader of Byrds tribute band BYRDS OF A FEATHER.


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Roger McGuinn’s new CD, a 23 tracks collection of sea shanties called CCD (get it?), will go on sale at concerts, at, at (and maybe at on June 3, 2011.


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From Byrds Collector Whin Oppice:


I am thinking about organizing a Gene Clark Unreleased Recordings Listening Symposium to be held in Kansas City this fall.

It would be an opportunity to share our musical treasures with fellow collectors whom most of us have never met.  All are welcome.

No recording devices allowed in the meeting room. Collectors can present their unreleased Gene recordings, enjoy the camaraderie and ensuing discussions by all in attendance.

To fill out the bill, Dan Torchia of Kansas City will be available to give an overview of his documentary on young Gene Clark before the formation of The Byrds.

How does the idea appeal to you? Write me at I need to evaluate how much interest there might be.

Thanks - Whin Oppice

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Just released by Sierra Records:

Bush, Lathum & White by Roger Bush, Billy Ray Lathum & Clarence White

















Note: These recordings were made in the summer of 1964

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Three songs by Brandon DeWilde (and friends – featuring Gram Parsons) have recently appeared in digital format. 

They are said to have been recorded on November 9, 1965 with the embryonic International Submarine Band (Gram Parsons-guitar & vocals, Tom Snow-keyboards, John Nuese-guitar, Mickey Gauvin-drums, Ian Dunlop-bass, and New York session musician Buddy Lucas-harmonica). 

You can listen to all three tracks in their entirety by clicking here (you will be taken to another webpage)

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The second Piedmont Brothers Band (or better Piedmont Brothers Project) CD titled “Lights Of Your Party” is ready to be pressed in both the USA and Italy. 

It will be out through the Flyin’ Cloud Records label in US (ref. FC059 - and through the weekly magazine TEMPI ( in Italy.  

Above is the US release CD cover (while the italian one will be different for the joy of  collectors). 

We have the pleasure to announce that the Crown Prince Of The Rickenbacker 12 String, our good friend Horst-Peter Schmidt from Germany (leader of Different Faces and Starbyrd) is guesting with his trademark Rick on the song “My Brother”.  

The liner notes have been written for the US edition by Aldo Pedron and for the italian edition by Raffaele Galli and Paolo Vites.

More info here :

 Recommended by Byrds Flyght.

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Famous record producer and early Byrds manager JIM DICKSON passed away on April 19, 2011 in Costa Mesa , Ca.

  Jim Dickson in 1967 during the recording sessions of the David Hemmings Happens LP.

He produced recordings by The Byrds, Gene Clark, David Crosby, Clarence White, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons...and many other artists outside the Byrds circle.

Condolences to his family and friends.

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New release by Bill Kaffenberger:

The best 14 tracks from Kaffenberger And Antonacci's early 1980s Christian Folk-Rock LPs SOMEONE GREATER and PILGRIM, plus one bonus track, have finally been digitized, remixed and remastered with some tasteful Rickenbacker Electric 12-String guitar (à la The Byrds) added to seven of the tracks. 

All the music is in the style of Neil Young - Byrds - Buffalo Springfield

These 15 total songs are available through CD Baby at this link (digital download only):

There are 30-second previews available as well as detailed track information.  For those folks interested only in tracks with the Rickenbacker, those are clearly marked in the online notes.

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The Byrds' Younger Than Yesterday album has been re-released on CD by the Audio Fidelity label (AFZ 110)

It's a high quality 24 kt Gold, Limited, Numbered Edition CD, remastered from the original mono master tapes by Steve Hoffman.

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New Byrds  live CD + DVD release planned for May 2011:

The Byrds – The Lost Broadcasts

Release Date: 9 May 2011

Label: Gonzo

Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, Gene Parsons, Skip Battin, Jimmi Seiter

The Lost Broadcasts are a series of Audio and Visual CD/DVD sets featuring performances that have rarely been seen since the original transmission on german television, in some cases more than forty years ago.

The Byrds first session from the 19th of May 1971 featured newer material including Chestnut Mare from the band’s critically well received album Untitled alongside the classic songs So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star, Mr Tambourine Man and Eight Miles High. The second session comes from October 1972 and they perform three versions of Black Mountain Rag and two versions of So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star.

1. Black Mountain Rag (Oct 72)

2. Chestnut Mare (May 71)

3. So You Want to Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star (Oct 72)

4. Eight Miles High (May 71)

5. Black Mountain Rag (Oct 72)

6. Black Mountain Rag & Soldier's Joy (Oct 72)

7. Soldier's Joy (May 71)

8. So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star (Oct 72)

9. Chestnut Mare (May 71)

10. Mr Tambourine Man (May 71)

11. Eight Miles High (May 71)


NOTE: part of this description is based on a text we found on a major retailer website. There are some errors that we will correct as soon as possible. For instance, The Byrds did not record nor appear live on german TV in October 1972. By this time, John Guerin had replaced Gene Parsons as the band's drummer, and that lineup never visited Europe.

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Gene Clark's 1977 album Two Sides To Every Story to be re-released on CD at last in June 2011.

= Byrds Flyght's Long Box CD - Long Out Of Print!!!

Received from Gene Clark's son Kai Clark:

Hello everyone!!!

High Moon Records will be re-releasing my father's album "Two Sides To Every Story" with the release date set to be sometime in June.

This is great news as "Two Sides To Every Story" is one of the rarest Gene Clark albums to find on CD, or at all for that matter. This will be the first time it has been released on CD in almost 20 years!!!

There will be a launch party on April 29th at the Roxy theatre in Los Angeles where I will be performing the album in its entirety with my band and also other Gene Clark gems. There will be some very special guests (some of who will be joining me on stage) at this event. Also performing will be remaining members of Love, performing their never released album "Black Beauty" album. Please go to my site to find more information and links.

Thank you all so much!


Kai Clark

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The DESERT ROSE BAND is reuniting again on August 28, 2011 for a concert at The Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Chatfield, Colorado.

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NOTE : Considering problems that arose with Gene Clark releases in the past, we have some doubts about this being a legit release.

New Gene Clark, Michael Clarke, John York and Skip Battin release planned for May 2011:

Gene Clark & Friends - Tribute To The Byrds (2CD)

Release Date: 3 May 2011

Label: Floating World



Featuring original BYRDS Gene Clark and Michael Clarke, and joined by various ex-Byrds such as John York and Skip Battin, several ex-Flying Burrito Brothers such as Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Rick Roberts, Greg Harris and Jim Goodall, and friends such as RICK DANKO from The Band and BLONDIE CHAPLIN from The Beach Boys.

This 2 cd set includes versions of such BYRDS classics as Mr Tambourine Man, Eight Miles High and My Back Pages and was recorded at the University Of Arizona, April 1985.

This is the first in a series of three of live recordings paying tribute to one of the most iconic bands ever to come out of the USA, and also is a chance to hear the late great GENE CLARK performing Byrds songs.

Disc 1

1. You Just Love Cocaine
2. Don't Go Down The Drain
3. Can't Find My Way Home
4. Why Are You Cryin'
5. Just Remember I Love You
6. Mystery Train
7. It Makes No Difference
8. Silver Raven
9. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
10. Chimes Of Freedom
11. Full Circle Song

Disc 2

1. Mr. Tambourine Man
2. Set You Free This Time
3. Introductions
4. My Back Pages
5. You Ain't Going Nowhere
6. So You Wanna Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star
7. Eight Miles High
8. Backstage Pass
9. Turn, Turn, Turn - Knockin' On Heaven's Door

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The Flying Burrito Brothers concert at The Fillmore East, NY (November 7, 1970) has now been officially released on CD.

The complete title on the CD is :


The Flying Burrito Brothers

Authorized Bootleg

Fillmore East, New York, N.Y.

Late Show

November 7, 1970

Lineup: Chris Hillman, Michael Clarke, Bernie Leadon, Sneaky Pete Kleinow and Rick Roberts

Tracks: Lazy Days / One Hundred Years From Now / My Uncle / Cody, Cody / Christine's Tune (aka Devil In Disguise) / I Am A Pilgrim / Dixie Breakdown / Willie And The Hand Jive / Wild Horses / Feel Good Music / Hot Burrito #2 / Six Days On The Road

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Country singer Charlie Louvin passed away yesterday (January 26) at the age of 83.

A big influence on the country-era Byrds, he co-wrote The Christian Life with his brother Ira, a song The Byrds covered on their Sweetheart Of The Rodeo LP from 1968.

Gram Parsons (who brought the song to The Byrds) also covered the Louvins' Cash On The Barrelhead on his Grievous Angel LP.

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Byrds fan Christian Bryan has assembled a terrific collection of all Byrds-related articles, pics and blurbs that were ever published in the KRLA BEAT magazine.

You can dowload them to your PC by clicking here:

Christian also maintains a You Tube channel that is dedicated to all Byrds video clips that are available. It's here :

Thank you Christian.

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Starbyrd’s new CD « Return Of A Starbyrd » has now been released. 

Byrds fans won’t be disappointed, as the recordings are filled with HPS’ Rickenbacker 12 string guitar familiar sound. 

All details about how to purchase the CD are available by writing to Horst-Peter at 

Extract from the Liner Notes:

What better way to begin a New Year than to celebrate the release of Starbyrd’s second CD titled Return Of A Starbyrd – another folk-rock tour de force centered around the talents of singer / songwriter Horst-Peter Schmidt supported by a couple of fine musicians. Fans of Starbyrd will recognize Schmidt’s trademark Rickenbacker 370RM 12-string play on many of the tracks, while some of the more introspective songs feature a lighter acoustic touch. All of the songs on this disc are original Schmidt tunes – enhancing his oeuvre and making him one of the most prolific songwriters in his genre of music (….). Put this disc in rotation with The Byrds, The Eagles and Crosby, Stills & Nash and you will quickly realize that Starbyrd has added a fresh veneer to the rich tapestry of classic pop/rock music (….).  

Eric Sorensen, “Jangle On!” Columnist 

As promised earlier, here are some comments made by Horst-Peter himself about the songs. 

In Into The Night I tried to follow up to what the Byrds began in Notorious Byrd Brothers: Sound effects, spacey harmonies etc... 

Candlelight is my 25th-anniversary-celebration-song dedicated to my wife.  

Cruising In The Midnight Sun is about our North Atlantic cruise last July. What I like most about the song is the three different guitar solos played of the Gretsch Falcon, Epiphone Les Paul and the 6-string Rick.  

With This Song, Summer Of Love, Face Of The Clown and Fall From Grace (the latter inspired by the sound of the Byrds  5D album) have been in the vaults for years and finally materialized.  

Big Wheel is about life in general and growing older. 

Leave My Home was inspired by the David Crosby - Jackson Browne dispute about "Wooden Ships" (background: Crosby's utopian escape to some unknown paradise after a nuclear war. This song inspired Jackson Browne to write his For Everyman. ) 

Rock All Night is an authentic song about a friend of mine who did everything possible to play music in a hard rock band but finally failed.  

Oil On My Skin (in my view the "most byrdsy song") about the Shell disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.  

Home Sweet Home Cologne - well at last I have written a song about my hometown. I've been to so many places in the world but it always felt good to come back home. So this song is my homage to MY city.

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In November 2009, Yahoo closed all websites that were freely hosted on its GEOCITIES subsidiary.

Several BYRDS FLYGHT pages disappeared in the process.

Hereunder is a link to the new place where these pages are made available again, but re-upping all of them will take some time, so please be patient.

Thank you.

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Horst-Peter Schmidt from Cologne, Germany, has resurrected his band Starbyrd and recorded new tracks, which are currently in the final mixing stage.

The new CD will be called "Return Of A Starbyrd" and will be released in January 2011.

Horst-Peter has kindly sent us a demo mix of the CD and all tracks are the kind every Byrds fan dreams of : lots of Rickenbacker 12 string guitar and harmony vocals.

Byrds Flyght will publish further info as soon as the CD is available.

Here's what the cover will look like (name of the band and title of the album still missing at this stage)

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Byrds Flyght has recently acquired an original copy of an 8 mm movie featuring the original lineup of The Byrds.

The movie is called THE BYRDS FLIP THEM IN FRESNO and was recorded at the Radcliffe Stadium, Fresno, CA on Saturday, May 22, 1965.

See pictures and details here:

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Gene Parsons recordings just brought to our attention:

Gene Parsons sings lead and plays on a year 2000 live version of Sweet Desert Childhood on a Various Artists compilation released in 2006.

The CD is called Some Of The Very Best Of Local Licks Live and was released by The Coast (KOZT FM in Mendocino)

Gene Parsons plays pedal steel guitar and sings harmony vocals on all tracks from a double live CD by The Steven Bates Band.

The CD is called Killer Rock And Roll - Live At The Caspar Inn - August 16th, 2008.

Gene Parsons also sings lead vocals on Disc 1 Track 6 (California Blues).

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Click hereunder for Chris Hillman's musical autobiography (82 min video)


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David Crosby has started recording his next solo album, with his son James Raymond producing, and Don Garcia recording, mixing and co-producing.

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Empty Room by The Rogers-Nienhaus Band Featuring Skip Battin has been re-released with one hidden bonus track written and sung by Skip Battin.

The extra track is CHINA MOON

You can order the CD by going to the band's website at

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According to some sources, The Flying Burrito Brothers concert at The Fillmore East, NYC (November 7, 1970) will be officially released on CD by Universal / MCA in February 2011.

The CD will be titled "Authorized Bootleg"

How funny, as this concert is already known to many FBBs fans, as it is widely circulating on bootleg CDs and tapes (sse image hereunder).

Lineup: Chris Hillman, Michael Clarke, Bernie Leadon, Sneaky Pete Kleinow and Rick Roberts

Tracks: Lazy Days / One Hundred Years From Now / My Uncle / Cody, Cody / Christine's Tune (aka Devil In Disguise) / I Am A Pilgrim / Dixie Breakdown / Willie And The Hand Jive / Wild Horses / Feel Good Music / Hot Burrito #2 / Six Days On The Road

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Will James is running a petition to induct Gram Parsons into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Your signatures are needed, so go to this page and please sign it:

Thank you in advance.

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The Flying Burrito Brothers' FLYING AGAIN and AIRBORNE mid-seventies albums (featuring Gene Parsons and Skip Battin) have been re-released as a "2 on 1" CD on the british T-Bird label (a subsidiary of Sony)

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John York has just released a new 5-track album titled CAMEOS.

The song are available as downloads only from his web site at

Songs : Come Back And Take Me - Rainbow - Some Days Even The Birds Sing A Sad Song - Achille's Heel - Ghost Flowers

Next to these new releases, John York's CD albums ARIGATOU BABY and CLAREMONT DRAGON are now also available for download from his website.

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A new box set of a Zigzag Magazine concert from 1974 has just been released. It contains 5 CDs and a 32 page booklet.

Disc 1: Starry Eyed & Laughing Going Down/Nobody Home/Never Say Too Late/Down The Street/Money Is No Friend Of Mine/Everybody/Oh What/Chimes Of Freedom/50-50 (Better Stop Now)/Living In London

Disc 2: Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers I'll Be Home/The Streets Of Baltimore/Papa & Mama Had Love/Midnight Bus/Older Guys/Desert Island Woman/Friday Song/Goodbye Nashville, Hello Camden Town/Walkin' Blues/Just Like The Devil/Boppin' The Blues/Choo Choo Ch'Boogie/Fire On The Mountain/Drunken Sunken Redneck Blues/Six Days On The Road

Disc 3: John Stewart
Wheatfield Lady/Daydream Believer/You Can't Look Back/California Bloodlines/Armstrong/Road Away/Last Campaign Trilogy: The Last Campaign, Wild Horse Road, All The Brave Horses/July, You're A Woman/Runaway Fool Of Love/Lady And The Outlaw/Cops/Mother Country/Never Goin' Back/Let The Big Horse Run

Disc 4: Help Yourself
Running Down Deep/Reaffirmation/American Mother/Blown Away

Disc 5: Michael Nesmith
Joanne/Some Of Shelly's Blues/Silver Moon/Different Drum/Propinquity/The Grand Ennui/Wax Minute/Tomorrow And Me/The Upside Of Goodbye/Roll With The Flow/Marie's Theme

The tapes were mastered by Tony Poole from Starry Eyed And Laughing (from stereo soundboard tapes that had been missing for years).

Starry Eyed And Laughing were a 70s band with major Byrds-sound influences.

Starry Eyed And Laughing were on the bill together with Michael Nesmith (with Red Rhodes), John Stewart, Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers and Help Yourself.

There's more info here

and from there, a link to a Facebook page with even more info.

John Tobler - who was co-founder of Zigzag with Pete Frame - is releasing it through his RGF Records label ... (a nice symmetry).

Recommended by Byrds Flyght.


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Francesco Lucarelli just released his CD titled FIND THE LIGHT.

Here's what Francesco (Byrds and CSNY fan) wrote to us :

"I'm proud to tell you I have just released my own album: it's called Find The Light, and it's my tribute to the glorious music & musicians of the early 70's California singer-songwriters scene.

I didn't want to hide my influences on it. I'd rather wanted to make clear where I come from. Sort of my way to say thank you to all the ones who inspired me to write songs and make music. Like I paid my dues and now I'm ready to go my own way. So you will hear what you expect on it.

Find The Light features some special guests (like Graham Nash) and wonderful musicians (Kenny Passarelli, Jeff Pevar, James Raymond, etc...). And some very talented friends, too, like Bill Kaffenberger,
playing his Rickenbacker.

Stephen Barncard masterfully mixed it, giving the album the 70's feel and sound I was looking for, and Dave Zimmer wrote beautiful liner notes.

The album has been mastered in Nashville and printed in the UK.

If you visit  you can listen to a sample with clips of the songs featured on the album.

The complete website will be up and running with more info, audio clips, stories and pictures in the coming weeks.


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On this day, the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix' death, the time is right to quote this story told by Gene Parsons :

"One night when we were playing at The Whiskey and we were in the dressing room, this really well dressed black man wearing a feather in his hat walks in and says "Are You Clarence White? And Clarence says "Yeah". The fellow adds: "I've been listening to you for years, and you're one of my favorite players". So Clarence says, "Wow, thanks a lot, and what did you say your name was?" The fellow says, "I'm Jimi Hendrix"

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Something very special happened at a Long Players with Bill Lloyd / Desert Rose Band concert last week.

Here, lifted from the Byrdmaniax Yahoo List, is "Wild" Bill Cody's review of the event.

This would have been every DRB Fans delight! It was an absolutely beautiful day up in the high country of Colorado, except for a little wind. The crowd was suprisingly sparse, maybe 300+ people? The DRB did their soundcheck at approx 10am...and they sounded GREAT! They all looked relaxed and refreshed; I guess that high country Colorado air will do that to you.
Now here's the most of you know, the first group up "The Long Players with Bill Lloyd" was going to perform the "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" album in its entirety, Chris Hillman was scheduled to perform it with them, since he was one of the original Byrds that put that historic album together. Well, I'm watching the stage and notice that J.D.Maness (who played pedal steel on the original Sweetheart album) was setting up. Then John Jorgeson appears on stage, tuning a number of instruments. Herb Petersen then walks up with a banjo and is testing a mike....WHAT...ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Chris Hillman then takes the stage, the lame announcer this day introduces the Long Players and says that Chris, J.D., John and Herb would be joining in....GET OUTTA HERE!!! So they kick it off with "You Ain't Going Nowhere" with the genius of the DRB front and center, the only thing that would have made this better would have been to see Roger McGuinn walk out onstage with his signature Rickenbacker 12 string; unfortunately Roger wasn't there. The DRB then performed the entire album, and you could tell they hadn't practiced at all, because after a couple of verses on nearly every song Chris would say..."who wants to do a lead?" John or J.D. or both of them would break into some incredible leads, even Herb would break in with a lead on his banjo or Chris would dive into a searing lead on his mandolin. The harmonies were incredible. Whoever the Long Players were, they pretty much were in the background as the Desert Rose Band performed "Sweetheart of the Rodeo". What a great feeling knowing that they then would be back up on stage a little more than an hour later for the "last" DRB Show EVER!
After a memorable rendition of this incredible historic album (the first Country Rock album ever produced), the guys got off the stage and made way for Radney Foster (who invited Chris up to play on a number of tunes). Then the stage belonged to Richie Furay and his was indeed a "Good Feelin' To Know" that the DRB would be next.
At approx 4:10pm, the DRB took the stage and didn't disappoint. Even though I had no paper and pen to write down each and every song, it was an extended playlist that featured every DRB tune imaginable. The harmonies were heavenly as were the instrumentals. I was awestruck, sitting on one of the most beautiful places on God's Great Earth, seeing one of the greatest groups ever. It wasn't until near the end of the show that a sadness grew in my heart, knowing this could very well be the LAST TIME they ever perform together again! When the group hit the first few notes of "The Price I Pay" I knew this was it. John put together one of the most memorable leads I have ever witnessed on this tune!
After the show, everyone was accessable behind the stage, I asked John about all the guitars he lost in the Nashville flood and it nearly brought a tear to his eye, as he reinterated the devastation. I then asked him point blank...."Is this it for DRB"? He said with a wink and a smile...."You never know" as he was whisked away in a golf cart.
All in all a most memorable experience, those that were there were treated to an incredible and most memorable show ever AND to top it was FREE!!!
"Wild" Bill Cody

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John York's gig schedule

 John York & Squeakin’ Wheels-Double Bill
Saturday, September 11, 2010, 8pm
309 N. Citrus Ave. Covina, CA 91723

John York with Billy Darnell
Thursday, September 23, 2010, 8pm~
Coffee Gallery Back Stage
2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001

John York with Chad Watson
Saturday, September 25, 2010, 8pm
Guitar Merchant
7503 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park, CA 91303

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We don't usually advertise blogs, but Clarence White (and Byrds) fans should check The Adios Lounge at for a series of 10 incredibly interesting posts about Clarence White.

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New Gram Parsons 4 Disc Box Set to be released by Sierra Records - "The Early Years"


Disc One is the now classic and ground breaking, "Gram Parsons - The Early Years Volume 1", 1963-1965 folk recordings of Gram Parsons and the Shilos, originally released in 1979 on Sierra / Briar Records. Available for the first time on compact disc, it includes all original tracks including a new version of Gram's "Zah's Blues" accompanied by a jazz combo! Added to these recordings is the never before released in any format "Volume Two" of more early performances, focusing on Gram Parsons' solo efforts recorded by Dick Weissman (of the fame folk group The Journeymen, along with John Phillips and Scott McKenzie), including several never before heard Gram Parsons' compositions. Closing out this expanded disc will be recordings by "Gram Parsons & The Like", his experimental band from his few months in late 1965 at Harvard University, including a rare performance with the legendary actor and Gram Parsons best friend, Brandon deWilde.

Disc Two is SIERRA RECORDS' 2003 release "Big Mouth Blues: A Conversation with Gram Parsons". This full color digipak packaged release was missed by many Gram fans and now included in this Box Set.

Disc Three is the first official DVD release from the original video tape of the rare and only performance of "Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels", previously released on a 1999 limited edition Sierra VHS tape, "Together Again For The Last Time".

Disc Four is the long lost, recently discovered Vinyl LP "PICTURE DISC" of "Gram Parsons - The Early Years" - color picture of Gram on Side 1, the original full color "Sierra-Briar Records" logo on Side 2. Originally  produced in April 1979, only the test disc existed until now! The disc is playable on any phonograph turntable (pressed on clear, audiophile virgin vinyl), packaged in itself own clear plastic sleeve.

Plus: Three folded posters, the original 1979 "Early Years" color booklet, a NEW 24 page booklet / pictorial with additional accompanying notes to the box set, a full color T-shirt etc ....

Pre-orders here: Order box set only from SIERRA RECORDS

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Rounder Records announce that the new Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen "Live at Edwards Barn" CD (15 tracks) will be issued on September 21, 2010.

Track Listing:

Going Up Home

Love Reunited

Turn, Turn, Turn (To Everything There Is A Season)

If I Could Only Win Your Love

Tu Cancion

Our Savior's Hands


Have You Seen Her Face

Eight Miles High

Together Again

Desert Rose

Sin City

The Cowboy Way

Wait a Minute

Heaven's Lullaby

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John York with Billy Darnell - BYRDS AND BEYOND

"A former member of the legendary folk-rock band, The Byrds, John has played with The Mamas And The Papas, Dr. John, Johnny Rivers, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Rolling Stones keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, and blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins. Joining him on stage will be Billy Darnell, who played guitar for the Gene Clark's Byrds, The Everly Brothers, Dr. John and Doug Kershaw, and Roger McGuinn. "

Coffee Gallery Back Stage2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001 - 626-398-7917 - Thursday August 5, 2010. 8pm, $15

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You can get professionally made Byrds and Byrds-related  tee-shirts from Peggy's website at

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In 1984, Skip Battin guested on an LP called Personal Exile, by italian singer-songwriter Max Meazza.

Now, a track from this LP (Small Hand Big Heart) has been released as a CD single, credited to Max Meazza & Skip Battin.

You can get it here:

Max Meazza | Small Hand Big Heart (feat. Skip Battin-Byrds) - Single | CD Baby

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Silver Meteor (with Clarence White and Gene Parsons) released for the first time on CD (with bonus tracks) by Sierra Records.

"SILVER METEOR - A PROGRESSIVE COUNTRY ANTHOLOGY" was originally released on Sierra LP in 1980 to rave reviews.

The 12 classic selections were highlighted by Clarence White's four recordings for his planned 1973 solo album, an album he never completed.

Hear all those original 12 tracks on this compact disc plus an additional 14 bonus tracks that were planned for a Volume Two back in early 80s but never released, including rare, sometimes unreleased recordings by the Country Gazette, Paul Siebel, Michael Dinner, Rick Cunha, Ian Matthews, Red Rhodes, etc...

These bonus tracks include backup performances by Clarence White, Linda Ronstadt, Herb Pedersen, Sneaky Pete and many artists from those early "country-rock" days in L.A.

Even Gram Parsons is saluted with two of his songs performed by the Country Gazette and with the closing song by "The Mystery Band" on a terrific performance of Gram's "One Hundred Years From Now".

Truly, the artists and songs speak for themselves!

Voted by the UK magazine "UNCUT" as the 11th "Greatest Lost Album" of all time, it is no longer lost but still GREAT!


Original Tracks:



The Everly Brothers with Clarence White and Gene Parsons - I'M ON MY WAY HOME AGAIN / CUCKOO BIRD

Barbara Keith - THE BRAMBLE & THE ROSE



Bonus Tracks:


Paul Siebel with Clarence White - PINTO PONY

Rusty Young & Clarence White - EVERYBODY'S TALKIN'

Larry Murray - BUGLER

Rick Cunha - YO YO MAN


Ian Matthews - SHADY LIES




Sari Schuwer & The Country Gazette - THE BRAMBLE AND THE ROSE / STILL FELLING BLUE


Available here:

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John York with Billy Darnell - BYRDS AND BEYOND

"A former member of the legendary folk-rock band, The Byrds, John has played with The Mamas And The Papas, Dr. John, Johnny Rivers, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Rolling Stones keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, and blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins. Joining him on stage will be Billy Darnell, who played guitar for the Gene Clark's Byrds, The Everly Brothers, Dr. John and Doug Kershaw, and Roger McGuinn. "

Coffee Gallery Back Stage2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001 - 626-398-7917 - Thursday July 1, 2010. 8pm, $15

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Byrds collector supreme Whin Oppice sent us pictures and details about the new items that he recently acquired, which are:

1) the famous unreleased GENE CLARK SINGS FOR YOU original acetate album

2) Original 1972 A&M reel tape of the eight rejected completed tracks from Gene Clark's Roadmaster sessions.

See updated special page with BIG pictures here:

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Issue 3 of FANTASTIC EXPEDITION is now available.

It features articles on Dillard & Clark's 2nd LP "Through The Morning, Through The Night", with new interviews with Byron Berline and Gene Clark's son Kai Clark and with previously unpublished photos by Jim McCrary.

There's also an article on the band Country Funk, who released a great album of Psychedelic Blues Rock / Country Rock in 1970.

Copies can be obtained directly from Jason Smith at

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Bill Kaffenberger's new release of original material is now available at CD Baby for digital download. 

Folks can download the entire release (11 songs) or pick and choose among individual tracks if they prefer. 

The release is titled YOUR SIDE OF THE STORY and is full of that Rickenbacker Electric 12 String sound that we all love. 

Most of the material is original material.  Some of these songs were available for streaming on Bill's ReverbNation page previously, but the versions on this new release are the FINAL MIXES and include vocals and instrumentation not previously available. 

The link is as follows:

Bill is making a LIMITED number of hard copy CDs of this release available for those who cannot or will not utilize digital downloads. 

Serious inquiries regarding a hard copy CD of this release can be sent to Bill at: 

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Gene Parsons just confirmed to us that he plays on a 2008 CD called Love Revolution by a band called The Human Revolution

Gene Parsons plays pedal steel guitar, mandolin and banjo on these tracks.

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Finally, 33 years after it took place, Roger McGuinn's Thunderbyrd performance at the first Rockpalast Festival (German TV 1977) has been released on CD and DVD by the WDR-Rockpalast-MIG label from Germany.

This legendary concert was only circulating on bootleg tapes, CDs and DVDs until this month.

Roger McGuinn, Rick Vito, Charlie Harrison, Greg Thomas (with help from Little Feat's Sam Clayton).

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An obscure treasure, Roland White's 1976 solo album 'I Wasn't Born To Rock 'N Roll', originally issued on the Ridge Runner Records label, is re-mastered from the original tapes and released for the very first time on CD.

Roland White, along with his brother Clarence White, made bluegrass and country music history as members of The Kentucky Colonels.

Roland also played in Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys and Lester Flatt's Nashville Grass, and later in Country Gazette and The Nashville Bluegrass Band.

Clarence famously played with The Byrds, among many others, until his tragic death in 1973.

This album features Alan Munde, Kenny Wertz, Roger Bush and Dave Ferguson playing traditional tunes, as well as a composition called "Powder Creek", co-written by Roland  Clarence.

This was the first appearance of this special tune on an album, a song which Roland now describes as having been composed with his brother on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1963!

The package includes original liner notes by Gene Parsons (The Byrds), new reflections from Roland, original album artwork, and one unreleased bonus track not included on the original LP!

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Here's for our italian readers:

The current issue of the LATE FOR THE SKY music magazine has a 6 pages long article about Skip Battin, inspired by the release of "Topanga Skyline".

Gene Parsons, Herb Pedersen, Ricky Mantoan and Beppe D'Angelo (italian drummer who worked with Skip) all contributed to the special...

Gene Parsons sent an extract from his unreleased book with a great page on Skip...


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Saturday, April 24th, 2010, 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm) - $12 - (pre~sale tix at Thoreau Book Store in Packing House)

Claremont Forum Gallery, 586 W. 1st St. Claremont, CA 91711 in the Claremont Packing House - 909-626-3066 -

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Want to spend some time with GENE PARSONS?

Click here:

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John York will be featured on the next broadcast of “Dave White Presents”.

In his conversation with
Wes Britton, John York talks about his work with The Mamas And The Papas, Johnny Rivers, The Byrds and his solo work, especially his most recent album, Arigatou Baby.

The show will debut this Tuesday, March 30 at both 7:30 EST and 7:30 Pacific over —

On Wednesday, March 31, the show will become available for 24/7 download access at —

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Two albums by John York: Arigatou Baby and Koto, have been re-released by GRA Records at .

Claremont Dragon is also available from them.

GRA will also release John's West Coast Revelation album (part of it was available as downloads only until now) in the next few months, and they will also release John's new CD, Fanfare For 2, in the summer.

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John York will be on L.A. Talk Radio "LIVE" on the "Sheena Metal show" tomorrow (Thursday, March 25th) from 5-6 pm. Tune in at

And on Tuesday, March 30, he will be on "Dave White Presents" at 7:30pm EST and 7:30pm Pacific standard time at

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Another one for our italian readers:

The current issue of the LATE FOR THE SKY music magazine has a long article about Emmylou Harris, as well as a short interview with Chris Hillman.


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For our italian readers:

Four Way Street: the 2010 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young convention!

Reggio Emilia, Italy - Saturday May 1st 2010

After almost 20 years, the men behind the infamous CSN&Y fanzine Wooden Nickel organize another special event for all those who love these four wonderful artists.

Live music, unreleased footage and a "traders" section  for a long CSN&Y day - and night! - in the heart of the Italian Food Valley.

The festivities will begin on Saturday May 1st at 4:00 pm at Tabacchi Blues in Fontana di Rubiera: there will be a musical appetizer featuring acoustic bands & artists coming from all over Italy plus screening of rare and vintage CSN&Y footage.

From 8:30 pm, dinner with local and organic food & wine plus live electric music with three outstanding bands at La Latteria in Bagnolo in Piano (Reggio Emilia).

On Sunday, May 2, typical lunch for all participants.

For more information, dinner reservations, accommodation and details about the musical programme, please contact:

Rock on!

Wooden Nickel


Via del Collegio, 18/A
42048 Fontana di Rubiera (Reggio Emilia)
Tel: +39-0522 626 871


Via Alta, 23
42011 Bagnolo in Piano (Reggio Emilia)

Tel: +39-0522 954454

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Previously unseen pictures of The Byrds in Holland, 1970 were sent to us by Philip from The Netherlands.

See special page here:

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Byrds collector Whin Oppice sent us pictures and details about his incredible latest finds, which are:

1) a Byrds movie from 1966 that was never released

2) outtakes from the 1973 Byrds Reunion album

See special page here:

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Recently brought to our attention...Chris Hillman plays mandolin on a 1982 single by Donna Loren

See Chris Hillman Discography  

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Several months old but well worth the read...

CRAWDADDY posted another story by writer/roadie Dinky Dawson about an experience of his with the Byrds and Jim Morrison in 1970:

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John York will be performing at The Fret House, Covina, Ca on January 30, 2010 at 7.30 pm

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New songs available from Bill Kaffenberger:

Bill got four brand new Byrds-style songs, lots of Rickenbacker, at the following web site:

They are free streaming MP3s so no cost to listen.

They are part of a planned CD length release that Bill hopes to have out by Spring 2010.

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The debut issue of "Fantastic Expedition" is just out.

As well as an in-depth feature on Dillard & Clark, it features some previously unseen pictures from the Dillard & Clark Expedition show at the Troubadour in '68. Also includes a new interview with Dan Peek of America and plenty of other West Coast goodies.

Contact Jason Smith for details -

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Horst-Peter Schmidt (Byrds-influenced artist from Germany - "The Crown Prince of The Rickenbacker 12 String Guitar") has just released a new CD called Phoenix.

Byrds / Rickenbacker / McGuinn fans won't be disappointed!!!

More info here:

Liner Notes:

The Crown Prince of 12-String Guitar, Horst-Peter Schmidt, has  returned from his musical sabbatical to treat pop fans to another janglefest of twelve new tunes that build on his Byrds-inspired legacy. Horst-Peter channels Roger McGuinn effortlessly through his Rickenbacker 12-string play and his vocals. The eleven tracks on Phoenix are original songs that draw on Horst-Peter’s varied personal observations. The opening track, “Another Day Without You”, is a song about his Rickenbacker 370RM 12-string guitar – which went unplayed for too long a period. This autobiographical tone is repeated in songs like Catch Me When I Fall - a song dedicated to his wife Uta - and You’ll Show Me The Way, a retrospective of Horst-Peter’s musical career. Other songs capture the spirit of 60s folk-rock by lamenting    the current poor state of German education, the troubled global situation, the environment and Trail of Tears, a song rooted in American history, as interpreted by a German songwriter. In spite of these melancholy song themes, Horst-Peter retains his positive perspective and optimism as evidenced by City of the Angels and the climactic You’ll Show Me The Way. Just as Turn! Turn! Turn! gave hope to a conflicted generation in the 60s, the songs on Phoenix give hope to contemporary listeners. We have a troubadour from Cologne, Germany and his Rickenbacker 12-string guitar to thank for this chiming call for a brighter, better tomorrow.

Eric Sorensen, "Jangle On!" Columnist


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New release by BILL KAFFENBERGER: Looking Back And Then Looking Ahead

From Bill:

"This is to announce the new Bill Kaffenberger heavily Byrds-influenced digital download folk and folk-rock release "Looking Back Then Looking Ahead" available at CD Baby for only $ 8 USD. 

For this new release, I have picked the 14 best songs from my old releases that have the most Byrds/Rickenbacker influence.  They have all been remixed and remastered and most are alternate takes that feature added or different Rickenbacker parts, added drums, added harmony vocals and so forth. 

In addition, there are 3 bonus tracks consisting of all new Rickenbacker-influenced original recordings. 

For information, go to this link:

or this link:
For those wishing to purchase only individual tracks, particularly the new ones, they will be available at the usual online download sites starting in about three to four weeks."

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Ron Martin (Byrds-influenced artist and a member of the Byrdmaniax List) and Marco Zanzi (another Byrds-influenced artist from Italy, and the webmaster of the Byrds Lyrics webpage), have put together a band called The Piedmont Brothers Band. Their new CD has now been released released.

You can purchase it through the PBB website (PayPal instant purchase service available - credit cards/secure server).

Someone once told me that my « Recommended Albums » page only referred to my friends’ releases, no matter what the quality was. Not so. All the albums I put on this page, I really like them. 

Such is the case for this CD, although both main performers (Ron Martin and Marco Zanzi) are indeed « virtual » friends of mine. 

This CD can only appeal to Byrds fans, as both Ron and Marco are heavily influenced by The Byrds. (harmony vocals, 12 string guitar, mandolin, Parsons-White stringbender…). 

Although I hate the term « Country Rock », I can find no other way to label this excellent album. File under « Desert Rose Band / Flying Burrito Brothers » musical style.

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We had to wait a long time for it, but the Desert Rose Band fans and friends finally have their favorite band's first DRB site on the internet.

Visit it here:

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Byrds fan David Chirko from Canada kindly provided us with a copy of his BYRDS COVERS list to be published on BYRDS FLYGHT.

Many thanks to him for this invaluable piece of work.

It's at

Additions, Corrections and Comments welcome at

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Gene Clark on The Flying Burrito Brothers' version of Tried So Hard : the end of a myth.

We just received the following article from Jean-Pierre Morisset :

As far back as january 1975, in my very first article on Gene Clark published in ZigZag issue # 49, I wrote: 'Gene played a few gigs with The Flying Burrito Bros who had just lost Gram Parsons during the summer (1970), and at one point it was believed that Clark was going to become a permanent member of the group. But of course he didn't; the only result of this short-lived alliance was the Burritos' recording of Clark's "Tried So Hard" as their next single, with Gene singing the bass part of the back-up vocals ...'

   Years later, in issue # 39/40 of Bucketfull Of Brains dated march 1992, I even added: '... in a version different from the one that was later used on the Burritos' third album where Gene's voice was replaced by Rick Roberts.'

   Owning the rare A&M single "Tried So Hard" and having listened to it very carefully with headphones, I was sure to have identified a bass vocal which in my mind could only be Gene's voice, following his involvment with the Burritos' GP-less quartet during the summer of 1970. But unfortunately it's not the case !

   After almost thirty eight years of belief, I finally asked Chris Hillman to confirm Gene's presence on that single. And here's what Chris wrote me: 'Gene was not on the Burritos' recording of "Tried So Hard": he didn't sing any harmonies on the song. In fact, as good of a lead singer as Gene was, he couldn't sing parts or alternate harmonies. Gene sang lead on "Here Tonight" by the Burritos, which was released later on a compilation album.'

   Returning to my archives after this historical point was cleared by Hillman, I finally found out that Rick Roberts had joined the FBB not in september after the recording session for the single, but in august, in time for the recording of the song, which was rush-released in october 1970, before a tour of Europe by The Flying Burrito Bros' new five-men line-up. Why his high voice can't be heard on the recording is unclear: maybe producer Jim Dickson purposedly choose not to mix Rick's harmonies upfront, as he was not familiar with the newcomer's voice. Anyway, another take the song was used on the Burritos' third LP released in may 1971, with Rick's high voice more prominent: had Jim Dickson in between realized the potential of such a harmony singer ? Maybe.

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Horst-Peter Schmidt (from Germany - also known as "The Crown Prince Of The Twelve String") will release a CD soon.

HPS is well-known from the Byrds-sounding bands Different Faces and Starbyrd.

It will be called "Jingle Jangle Journey" and will come out as an official CD-R.

It will be a compilation of previously released songs spanning HPS' entire recording career from 1988 to 2004.

Extract from the liner notes:

"The 17 songs on Jingle Jangle Journey cannot really do justice to the wealth of melodic songs, upbeat tunes and powerful ballads that Horst-Peter has composed during his career, but this collection of songs is certainly a superb “snapshot” of his body of work.  Once you have absorbed the music on this compilation, I believe that you will desire to hear more from the artist I have nicknamed “The Crown Prince of Twelve-String.”  I stand in envy of his talent, and I remain grateful that he has added a sparkling codex of songs to the indie music scene.  I am confident that when I pull Horst-Peter’s music off my shelf in the future, his songs will possess the same timeless and endearing qualities that the music of the Byrds, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Eagles, Tom Petty and CSNY have today."  ---- Eric Sorensen, Jingle Jangle music journalist,    

Track Listing:

01. When I Look Into Your Eyes (1988) (4:02)
02. There Is An Island (1989) (5:12)
03. I Could Never Write Her Off (1989) (5:05)
04. London (1994) (6:34)
05. Peace Of Mind (1994) (3:29)
06. Southern Skies (1994) (4:26)
07. Monkeys (1995) (3:53)
08. Bayou Moonlight (1995) (1:44)
09. The More Things Change (2000) (4:03)
10. Back To The Roots (2000) (4:29)
11. Signature (2003) (5:21)
12. Forever Free (2003) (3:24)
13. Why (I Can HearTthe Angels Sing) (2003) (4:17)
14. Just A Little Closer (2004) (3:46)
15. I Wanna Fly Away (2004) (4:47)
16. Starbyrd (2004) (4:13)
17. Road Of Dreams (2004) (7:22)

You can pre-order the CD by sending an e-mail to Horst-Peter at
The price for the CD will be 12,99 € (+ shipping costs).


HPS' partner in Starbyd, GAT, will also release a compilation of his previous works this month (december 2006):

'Then To Now', the new GAT CD, is ready for release and will be available to buy in December 2006.

'Then To Now' is a collection of songs from 1999 right up to the present day. If you missed out on getting hold of the 'Coloured Blue' & 'Moving On' CD's, then this new CD by GAT is what you need. Included on the CD are also four tracks taken from the Starbyrd CD 'On The Other Side Of Mad' which GAT participated in, as well as a newly recorded song.

16 tracks in all, this CD will be well worth having.

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Long time Byrds fan BILL KAFFENBERGER 's new CD released


1. Jingle Jangle Morning (W. Kaffenberger)
2. Mystic Night (W. Kaffenberger)
3. Who Are All These People (W. Kaffenberger)
4. The Water Is Wide (Traditional, arranged by W. Kaffenberger)
5. Trouble on the Border (W. Kaffenberger)
6. Something More (W. Kaffenberger)
7. She Just Talks ("live") (W. Kaffenberger)
8. Are You Ever Coming Back To Me (W. Kaffenberger)
9. Stand With You Awhile (Richard White)
10. Atom Bomb Song ("live") (W. Kaffenberger)
11. Left Alone With My Dreams (W. Kaffenberger)
12. Something Inside You (W. Kaffenberger - J. Howard)
13. Fastest Waitress Alive (instrumental) (W. Kaffenberger)
14. Augustine Street (W. Kaffenberger)
15. Who Are All These People (instrumental interlude) (W. Kaffenberger)
16. With Tomorrow (Gene Clark - Jessie Davis)
17. Jingle Jangle Morning (instrumental alternate mix) (W. Kaffenberger)

Bill writes his own songs, plays a 12 string Rickenbacker, and his output is very Byrds-sounding.

From Bill:

My new CD is finally here!  "Jingle Jangle Morning", 17 songs, MOST with a lot of Rickenbacker 12 String, all very very Byrds-like, I wrote all but three songs, of those three one is a folk song cover, one was written by a friend, and I covered Gene Clark/Jessie Davis' "With Tomorrow".  If you want a preview, you can go to my MySpace link (see below) and two of the songs (Jingle Jangle Morning and Who Are All These People) are there in full as a preview. 
The CD will be available on CD Baby, Not Lame Recordings, Jam Recordings and Kool Kat Music web sites within about two weeks or so.  It will also be available in the UK from Heyday Mail Order eventually but not sure how long before they will have it.
Bill Kaffenberger 


Byrds sounding band STARBYRD have relaunched their website.

Visit for latest news and info.

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9/29/05 UPDATE

RON MARTIN (a member of the Byrdmaniax and Gene Clark mailing lists) has just released his new CD on the 

FLYING CLOUD label. It is called THE CIRCLE OF LIFE and is Byrds-related!

Next to songs written by Ron Martin, the CD also includes covers of Gene Clark, Byrds and Manassas songs.


It Doesn't Matter

Eight Miles High

Daddy Went Walkin'

Feels So Near

Pisces Fish

B-Street Blues

Harvest Moon 

Two of Us

Here Without You

Simple Twist of Fate


See also Byrd Flyght's RECOMMENDED CDs page.

You can order Ron's CD here:

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each CD wil go to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative

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Long time Byrds fan BILL KAFFENBERGER has just released his new CD called THIS WORLD IS BOUND TO FALL.

Bill writes his own songs, plays a 12 string Rickenbacker, and his output is very Byrds-sounding.

Details and links at

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Brand New CLARENCE WHITE bio and discography pages by Thomas Aubrunner



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BYRDS related band  have released their first CD called ON THE OTHER SIDE OF MAD

It is filled with Byrds-sounding songs. Actually, it sounds more "Byrds" than any solo album recorded by ex-Byrds 

members (except maybe for Roger McGuinn's Back From Rio).

1: I Want You To Know (Gat)

2: I Wanna Fly Away (Schmidt)

3: It's Still Me (Schmidt/Gat)

4: Starbyrd (Schmidt)

5: Sick And Tired Of You (Gat)

6: Equal Minds (Schmidt/Gat)

7: Handle With Care (Lynne/Petty/Dylan/Harrison/Orbison)

8: Chasin' Down The Sun (Lewis/Schmidt/Gat)

9: The Crown Prince and the King (Schmidt/Gat)

10: Back To The Roots (Schmidt)

11: Down By The River (Gat)

12: Just A Little Closer (Schmidt/Gat)

13: (Still) Chasin' Down The Sun (Lewis/Schmidt/Gat)

14: Psychedelic Bridges (Schmidt/Gat)

15: The Tears (C. McGuinn / R. McGuinn) (C) 1983 McGuinn Music (BMI) / April First Music (ASCAP)

16: Mauritius Moon (Schmidt)

17: Road Of Dreams (Schmidt)


It contains an excellent version of a hitherto unreleased Roger McGuinn / Camilla McGuinn song called THE TEARS

(which Roger performed live in the mid-80s). 

Roger helped the band with suggestions for the recording, and Camilla wrote part of the booklet liner notes.

You can order it from this page:

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TERRY JONES ROGERS (who was a member of Michael Clarke's Byrds and who later led the 

Byrds Celebration with Skip Battin and Gene Parsons), has an interesting new website with pictures, 

stories, biography, discography, concert appearances, and much more (past, present and future)...

Byrds 1989: Jerry Sorn, Terry Jones Rogers, Skip Battin, Michael Clarke

You can visit it at and e-mail Terry at

You can also read a review (with an interview by Byrds Flyght) ) of the 1996 Byrds Celebration 

performance in Brussels, Belgium here:

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