Flashback: The Byrds Flip the Opry Script

March 15, 2016

In the mid-Sixties, just as Bakersfield, California, was giving rise to the music of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, challenging Nashville's "countrypolitan" sound, so too was the jangly L.A.-based folk-rock of the Byrds beginning to give way to an even...



Hear a Rare Performance by Former Byrd Gene Clark

November 19, 2014

After falling out of print for two decades, Gene Clark's Two Sides to Every Story receives the reissue treatment this week. Recorded in 1976, the solo album captured Clark at a musical (and personal) crossroads, arriving just after the breakup...


Fricke's Picks Radio: Pete Seeger, Some Byrds and the Mighty Hannibal

February 7, 2014

January is supposed to be a slow month. This one was fast and full, with great performances and deep loss: Pete Seeger on January 27th and R&B vocal legend the Mighty Hannibal on January 30th. They are remembered here with ex-Byrd Gene Clark, who...


The Byrds Jam with Bob Dylan

January 9, 2014

In February 1990, a little over a year after Roy Orbison died from a sudden heart attack, an all-star tribute concert was held in his honor at the Universal Ampitheater in Los Angeles. Everyone from John Lee Hooker to B.B. King to Iggy Pop played...


New Film Reveals the Sad Flight of the Byrds' Gene Clark

February 19, 2014

On a short, recent U.S. tour, an indie-rock superband featuring members of Beach House, Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear performed the whole of No Other, a marvelous, largely forgotten 1974 album by Gene Clark, the late singer and a founding member of the...


Album Review

True Blood: Music From the HBO Original Series Volume 4

June 17, 2013

Reverence ain't exactly a hallmark of True Blood, the decadently soapy (and raunchy) HBO series. Although this soundtrack shows a certain fealty to familiar names and indie faves – Jenny Lewis duets with Eric Burdon, Bethany Cosentino pogos with...


David Fricke Reviews Tom Petty at the Beacon Theatre

May 21, 2013

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers opened their May 20th concert at New York's Beacon Theatre, the first show of a five-night residency, with a song about wish fulfillment: a cover of the Byrds' 1967 single "So You Want to be a Rock 'N' Roll Star." It was...


Don't Hold Your Breath Waiting for a Byrds Reunion

August 23, 2013

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Byrds, but don't expect the them to commemorate the occasion with any sort of reunion. Despite clear interest from founding members Chris Hillman and David Crosby, Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn remains staunchly...


10 Artists Who Switched Genres

May 21, 2013

Prior to the Academy of Country Music Awards show in 2007, Hootie and the Blowfish front man Darius Rucker shared a little secret about himself. He really dug Hee Haw. And just as he professed his love for the banjo-heavy variety show, Rucker announced...



Roger McGuinn Busy with New CD, DVD, Benefit

August 19, 2011

Roger McGuinn, co-founder of the Byrds, has a lot of ducks in a row: a new album, a forthcoming DVD and a benefit show. The album, CCD (as in "Sea CD"), is a collection of 23 songs of the sea, including renditions of such classics as "Drunken...


The Greatest Covers of Bob Dylan Songs

May 10, 2011

Jimi Hendrix, "All Along the Watchtower" (Electric Ladyland, 1968) Hendrix echoes the apocalypse of Dylan's final verse with guitar riffs like gale-force winds. "It overwhelmed me," Dylan said. The Byrds, "Mr. Tambourine Man" (Mr. Tambourine Man, 1965)...


'Spider-Man' Cast Recording Album Due in June

May 26, 2011

Bono and the Edge's 'Spider-Man' Cast Recording Due in JuneThe cast recording of Bono and the Edge's musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will hit stores on June 14th. The disc will include 14 songs penned by the U2 duo for the recently revised show,...



How Buffalo Springfield Could Pull Off a Tour With the Byrds

November 11, 2010

Word is that Buffalo Springfield will tour next year. But how exactly would that work? Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash can command arenas and ampitheaters on their own, but Springfield can claim only one top forty hit, "For What It's Worth." It's...


Back to Mono: Dylan, Doors Reissues Unearth Classic Sound

September 30, 2010

On a new nine-CD box set, fans will finally hear Bob Dylan's early music the way Dylan intended it to be heard. The Original Mono Recordings, out next month, includes the mono versions of his first eight albums, from 1962's Bob Dylan through 1968's John...



Pete Seeger's All-Star Birthday Jam

May 28, 2009

As plans came together for a 90th-birthday concert for Pete Seeger at Madison Square Garden, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and four dozen other artists jumped onboard — but the folk legend needed persuading. "Normally, I'm against...



Fricke's Picks: The Byrds

June 6, 2008

The Byrds were still a year and change from their messy end when they played the newly unearthed London show on Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971 (Sundazed). This is the (Untitled)-era Byrds — singer-guitarist Roger McGuinn, drummer Gene Parsons, bassist...


Album Review

There Is A Season

October 17, 2006

The Byrds are still among the most underrated bands in rock history. One reason is that they didn't have a unique, charismatic frontman: Five California folkie boys came together one jingle-jangle morning in 1964 and then careened around musically for...



Terry Melcher Dead at 62

November 22, 2004

Producer and songwriter Terry Melcher, known for his work with the Beach Boys and the Byrds, has died at the age of 62 after an extended battle with cancer. The son of actress and animal activist Doris Day, Melcher died Friday at his home in Beverly Hills. Melcher...