The Byrds' Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman reunite to tour

THE BYRDS:  Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman reunite on tour this year

Two of the five original Byrds will reunite for a tour this summer and fall in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the band's sixth album, 1968's Sweetheart of the Rodeo, long considered to be the first country-rock album by a major act.

Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman will perform the album in its entirety and tell stories about its creation.

They'll test the water this Wednesday by doing a few of the songs off the album at Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives will join McGuinn and Hillman at this show and on the tour, and Stuart will be playing the 1954 Fender Telecaster that was used on the album by Clarence White.

Hillman also has dates this summer with David Crosby, the last of the surviving members of the original Byrds. Perhaps this will lead McGuinn to agree to do shows with both Hillman and Crosby, something he has long been against doing, despite being on good terms with Croz.

Hillman says, "It was truly a pivotal moment in our lives taking a turn toward the music we always felt a strong kinship with. We are honored that it has left a strong, long lasting impression on country and rock music. To celebrate this special time with Roger, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives is such a blessing on this, the 50th anniversary of Sweetheart of the Rodeo.”

Hillman also has dates this summer with David Crosby, the last of the surviving members of the original Byrds. Perhaps this will lead McGuinn to agree to do shows with both Hillman and Crosby, something he has long been against doing, despite being on good terms with Croz.

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