My review of the just-released "Chris Hillman: The Asylum Years, a compilation of the country-rock innovator and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's two 1976-77 albums for Asylum Records. Hillman's 2017 album Bidin' My Time, produced by the late Tom Petty, was a virtual summary of Hillman's decades in music. A Southern California bluegrass musician, Hillman went on to play electric bass in the original Byrds, to co-found the Flying Burrito Brothers with Gram Parsons, the band Manassas with Stephen Stills, the Souther-Hillman-Furay band with JD Souther and Richie Furay before he recorded these two albums. My podcast review of Bidin' My Time is here.
...just what it says.
Chris Hillman was a true country rock pioneer from his days playing bluegrass mandolin in Southern California to his years with the original Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, the Souther/Hillman/Furay Band, McGuinn, Hillman and Clark and the Desert Rose Band. "Bidin' My Time" is both a summary and artistic look ahead. The late Tom Petty produced it.