Chris Hillman Of The Byrds Talks About Mentors

Chris Hillman, musician & Ventura resident, formerly of The Byrds

With roots in gospel, folk, country and rock & roll music, Chris Hillman has navigated the music scene from obscurity to the pinnacles of popular success eventually finding his own “groove” back in  folk/country rock where he began.

Chris has credited his older sister, Susan, with exciting his interest in country and folk music when she returned from college in the late 1950s with folk music records.

In mid-1964, Chris considered quitting music and enrolling at UCLA, but he received an offer from his former manager and producer Jim Dickson to join a new band, The Byrds. Chris was recruited to play electric bass guitar, although he had never picked up the instrument before.

After the Byrds, Chris joined the Flying Burrito Brothers, Stephen Stills’s Manassass, Souther, Hillman, Furay Band, The Desert Rose Band and Chris Hillman & Herb Pederson.

His latest CD is titled At Edwards Barn was released on September 21, 2010.

Listen to the entire interview below: