Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Chris Hillman's "Bidin' My Time," produced by Tom Petty, is released to critical praise

The legendary Chris Hillman (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas) is back with a new album, and it is produced by fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty. Here are details on the new album...

Chris Hillman's Bidin' My Time, Produced by Tom Petty, 
Inspires Critical Praise  

Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen with John Jorgenson On Tour Now

Chris Hillman, a founding member of the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, and the Desert Rose Band has released Bidin' My Time, his first studio album in more than a decade. The album, which was produced by Tom Petty, has been warmly received by critics who praise the "sharp and ruminative collection of new and old tunes by a musician whose influence far outstrips his fame." (Stephen Deusner, Stereogum)
Chris Hillman
Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times observes, "Bidin' My Time contains nods to virtually every phase of Hillman's musical life, with acoustic bluegrass, jangly folk-rock and sweet country-rock that lend a full-circle quality to the project," while the Associated Press' Scott Stroud notes, "Hillman still sounds like a man in his 20s, though he is 72, and the stellar playing behind him gives the album the feel of one last Byrds record."
Bob Mehr's profile of Hillman appears in the new issue of Mojo. He writes, "Bidin' My Timereunites Hillman with Byrds mates Crosby and Roger McGuinn, plus various Heartbreakers. Yet, despite the guest list, it's mostly a spare, stripped-down affair, a perfect distillation of Hillman's sharp craft and quiet brilliance."
No Depression's Henry Carrigan asserts "Bidin' My Time shimmers with beauty, resounds with haunting melodies, and sparkles like a diamond, shining light from every musical facet of [Hillman's] long career," and Glide Magazine's Doug Collette calls it "a virtual tour-de-force."
Writing in AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine says "It's a cozy sound, one that feels as intimate as a front porch but is delivered with the precision of seasoned pros," and concludes that the album feels "like an understated summation of everything Hillman's accomplished in his long, varied career."
Hillman is currently on tour with his longtime musical partner Herb Pedersen, who acted as the album's executive producer.  The duo is joined by multi-instrumentalist John Jorgenson, a Desert Rose Band alum with whom they frequently work. This leg of the tour, which started last week, included shows in New York City and Boston and will make its way to the west coast before wrapping up in Texas.
Fall 2017 Tour Dates

9/26               Alexandria, VA                     The Birchmere
9/29               Duluth, GA                            The Red Clay Theatre
10/1               Nashville, TN                       City Winery
10/4               Newport, KY                        Southgate House Revival
10/5               Kent, OH                                Kent Stage
10/6               Chicago, IL                            Old Town School of Folk Music
10/7               Edwardsville, IL                  The Wildey Theatre
10/12             Bakersfield, CA                    Buck Owens' Crystal Palace
10/13             Berkeley, CA                         Freight & Salvage
10/16             West Hollywood, CA          The Troubadour
10/26-28       Park City, UT                        The Egyptian Theatre
11/8                Baton Rouge, LA                  Red Dragon Listening Room
11/9                The Woodlands, TX            Dosey Doe Barn
11/10             Austin, TX                             Texas Union Theater
1/27/18        Thousand Oaks, Ca.            Scherr Theatre

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