Once upon a time, the Byrd was the word and it was good -- even great -- as The Byrds electrified folk music in Los Angeles with their debut in 1965, which created something we now know as folk rock. But by their fourth album, "Sweethearts of the Rodeo," the band flew south and started doing country rock.
These days, Chris Hillman is a Ventura dude, but in those days, he was the bass player for The Byrds after he had made a name for himself in bluegrass circles. When The Byrds scattered in separate directions, Hillman and Gram Parsons led The Flying Burrito Brothers. Hillman was in countless incarnations of bands with and without other Byrds, then formed the Desert Rose Band in 1987, which made a bunch of albums that did just fine on the country charts. They quit in 1994 but still play together every now and again. Like this Saturday night.