Half a century after its release, it is still considered one of the groundbreaking musical moments in its genre. Now original members of the Byrds, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, will be reuniting on tour to celebrate the seminal country-rock album, ‘Sweethearts of the Radio.’
McGuinn-Hillman will play the album in its entirety and share stories of its creation. They will receive backing by country artist Marty Stuart and his band, the Fabulous Superlatives.
Chris Hillman said, “On March 9, 1968, Roger and I, along with many fantastic musicians, began recording the ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo‘ album in Nashville. We are honored that it has left a strong, long-lasting impression on country and rock music.”
“Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Sweetheart of the Rodeo is an honor,” McGuinn added. “We’re all looking forward to taking the fans through the back pages of the recording.”
The album was certainly ahead of its time. It never found commercial success during the time of its release, but through the years its influence has been widely stated. Some of that is due to the fact that Gram Parson had joined the Byrds and had recorded vocals for the album. Due to contractual issues, those vocals were never heard and only released years later on a deluxe edition of the record.
Bands such as the Eagles, Poco and Wilco can all point to ‘Sweethearts’ as an inspiration to their respective sound.
At present five shows have been announced with more dates to be added soon.
Byrds Co-Founders Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman’s ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo‘ 50th Anniversary 2018 Tour
July 24 – Los Angeles, Calif. — Ace Hotel
July 29 – Saratoga, Calif. — Mountain Winery
Sep 18 – Albany, N.Y. — Hart Theater @ The Egg
Sep 20 — Hopewell, Va. — Beacon Theatre
Oct 3 — Akron, Ohio — Akron Civic Theatre