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.
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read unless you've seen the Season Finale of Better Call Saul.
On February 4, 2014, Legacy Recordings will release Michael Bloomfield: From His Head to His Heart to His Hands: An Audio-Visual Scrapbook, a 3-CD, 1 DVD box set covering the too-brief and troubled career of Bloomfield, the pioneer blues guitarist (1943-1981) who emerged from a wealthy Chicago family (the family company manufactured commercial restaurant equipment) to become one of America's first guitar heroes of the post-Link Wray/Duane Eddy/Dick Dale era.