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Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen in Concert

(Picture from Pacific University Oregon)

Come for an unforgettable evening with Rock n Roll Hall of Fame singer/songwriter Chris Hillman (Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers) and long-time singer & instrumentalist Herb Pedersen.

Chris Hillman was born in Los Angeles, California on December 4, 1944. Chris credits his older sister in turning him on to Folk and Country music. Seeing that his interest in music was a serious one, Hillman’s mother encouraged her son and bought him a $10 guitar in Tijuana Mexico. He also started listening to Bluegrass, and after hearing acts like Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe, Hillman fell in love with the mandolin. Chris’s prowess on guitar and mandolin become well known in San Diego’s tight-knit folk music community.

His first band he joined was the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers which lasted a mere two years and recorded one album. When the Barkers called it quits at the end of 1963, Hillman’s reputation, coupled with connections with other bluegrass musicians, paid off as he was invited to join the Golden State Boys then regarded as the premiere bluegrass band in Southern California. After approximately eight months the group folded.

Former manager and producer Jim Dickson invited Hillman down to World Pacific Studios to hear three guys with acoustic guitars singing Beatle songs and a few original songs. These three guys were Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark and David Crosby. When Dickson offered Hillman the opportunity to join in, Hillman was recruited to play electric bass, and instrument he had no familiarity with. Hillman was able to absorb much of the bass playing process and master it well, as those who have heard the first steady rumbling bass runs on the intro to “Eight Miles High” can attest to. The Beefeaters as they were known quickly became the Byrds. The history of the Byrds, has been covered numerous times and needs no revisiting. As we all know this was just the beginning of all his credits.

Herb Pedersen started playing in the 60′s with a 5 string banjo and acoustic guitar. His career began in Berkeley, California, and for the last 30 years, Herb has lived in Southern California and has participated in select music groups, either in recording, or traveling on the road doing concerts. His recording discography is like a who’s who of the singer/songwriter scene, which was so prevalent in the 70′s and 80′s. His own groups, like The Desert Rose Band, and The Laurel Canyon Ramblers, show why Herb is so respected in the industry.

He has played or lent his talents with artists like David Grisman, Butch Weller, David Nelson, Jerry Garcia, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Johnny Rivers, Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Jennifer Warnes, John Prine and Jesse Winchester. From Carnegie Hall to the Ryman Auditorium, Herb’s been on the scene enjoying every minute of it.

He has also been involved since the early 70′s with motion picture soundtracks and television. Shows like The Rockford Files, Smokey and The Bandit, and The Simpsons, have used Herb either on 5 string banjo, or vocals for many years.

With his lifelong pal Chris Hillman, Herb is in the process of continuing the type of music they both grew up playing and singing.

So please join Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen in a concert benefiting The Mendocino Coast District Hospital. The concert will be held at the Cotton Auditorium, 500 Harold Street, Fort Bragg, California. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8:00 pm.

Tickets on sale now! $25 advance and $30 at the door. To purchase tickets visit or call 707-961-4688.

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