Published Mon, Oct 8, 2012 6:45 am Dateline
Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen have been friends ever since their first meeting as bluegrass-picking teenagers over 45 years ago.
Hillman went on to pick up the bass and join The Byrds, one of most influential American bands in the 1960s.
That band not only pioneered folk-rock, but with the addition of Gram Parsons, went on to inspire the county-rock movement of the late 1960s that included Parsons' and Hillman's band The Flying Burrito Brothers, as well as The Eagles and Poco.
Following his tenure with The Burritos, Hillman joined Steve Stills' band Manassas, and in the early 1980s, formed the critically acclaimed country act The Desert Rose Band with his old friend Herb Pedersen.
For decades, Pedersen was regarded as the premier session singer and instrumentalist in Southern California, having worked with James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Vince Gill, John Prine, Dan Fogelberg and many other artists.
The Desert Rose Band went on to chart many number one country singles during the 1980s. After retiring the band, Hillman and Pedersen continued as a duo, playing everything from their bluegrass roots to the sounds of Bakersfield country, and of course, the songs of the Byrds.
In 1991, Hillman and The Byrds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen visit Southeast Ohio this week with a performance at Marietta's Adelphia Music Hall on Thursday, Oct. 11, followed by a sold-out concert at Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch in Meigs County.
Information and tickets are available at www.theadelphia.com.