Chanteur, guitariste et songwriter Country Rock US né le 4 Décembre 1944 à Los Angeles (Californie). Chris Hillman a débuté en jouant de la musique Folk et Bluegrass avec son groupe "Scottsville Squirrel Barkers" qui comprenait aussi Larry Murray et Bernie Leadon (futur membre fondateur du groupe The Eagles). C’est l'un des créateurs du country rock aux États-Unis.
En 1965, il a fondé les "Byrds" avec Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, et Michael Clarke.
Après avoir quitté les Byrds en 1968, il a formé les Flying Burrito Brothers avec Gram Parsons. Son groupe n’a pas eu le succès espéré, mais il a influencé la scène musicale américaine et a permis l’arrivée de nouveaux talents comme Emmylou Harris et Garth Brooks.
Hillman a ensuite rejoint Stephen Stills au début des années 1970, étant son second dans le groupe "Manassas". Ils ont réalisé un disque de qualité en 1972.
De 1973 à 1975, il a fait un nouveau groupe avec Richie Furay et J.D. Souther, appelé "Souther-Hillman-Furay Band". Le succès n'étant pas au rendez vous avec ce groupe, Hillman a formé alors un trio avec ses anciens collègues des Byrds, Roger McGuinn et Gene Clark.
Au début des années 1980 Hillman a fait un retour aux sources, Country et Bluegrass, en formant le groupe "The Desert Rose Band" avec le musicien de studio Herb Pedersen. Le groupe a eu plusieurs hits entre 1986 et 1993.
Hillman continue de composer et d’enregistrer de la musique Country et Bluegrass avec Herb Pedersen et le bassiste Bill Bryson. En 2005 il a réalisé l’album "The Other Side".

Along with frequent collaborator Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman was the key figure in the development of country-rock, virtually defining the genre through his seminal work with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Hillman was born on December 4, 1944, in Los Angeles, where he grew up listening to Spade Cooley and Cliffie Stone and taught himself to play guitar. In 1961, he and a pair of high school friends formed the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers and cut an album; a year later, he joined the Golden Gate Boys, a bluegrass band featuring Vern Gosdin. In honor of their new vocalist's prowess on the mandolin, the group renamed itself the Hillmen; after recording a self-titled LP with producer Jim Dickson, they broke up in 1963.
In 1964, the Beefeaters, an L.A. folk trio comprised of guitarists Jim (later Roger) McGuinn, David Crosby, and Gene Clark, released a single, "Please Let Me Love You"; after its commercial failure, they decided to add a bassist and drummer to their lineup. Their producer, Dickson, suggested Hillman for the bass position; although he had never picked up the instrument before, thanks to his bluegrass background he was able to quickly develop his own unique, melodic performance style. After the addition of drummer Michael Clarke, the quintet renamed itself the Byrds. At their label's insistence, they cut their first record with session men, which meant that Hillman and Clark sat on the sidelines during production; the resulting single, a jangly cover of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," was a tremendous hit that marked the birth of the folk-rock form.
During the mid-'60s, the Byrds ranked as one of the most successful and influential American pop groups, issuing a string of massive hits like "Turn! Turn! Turn!," "Eight Miles High," and "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" along with acclaimed albums like 1967's Younger Than Yesterday and 1968's brilliant The Notorious Byrd Brothers. Internal strife dogged the band, however, and by late 1967 only Hillman and McGuinn remained from the original roster. At about the same time, Gram Parsons entered the picture, and in December 1967, McGuinn invited him to join the group as a jazz pianist for a planned project embracing the history of American popular music. However, Parsons' mastery of country soon became the sessions' dominant focus, much to Hillman's delight, and the album the Byrds ultimately recorded, 1968's Sweetheart of the Rodeo, became the blueprint for all country-rock efforts released in its wake.
A tour followed, and so did disaster; Parsons did not agree with the group's decision to play apartheid-torn South Africa and subsequently quit the Byrds in July 1968. Three months later, Hillman followed suit and joined Parsons as a vocalist and guitarist in the re-formed Flying Burrito Brothers along with bassist Chris Ethridge, pedal steel player "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, and drummer Jon Corneal. Further honing their hybrid sound by combining the energy and instrumentation of rock with the issues and themes of country, the Burritos recorded the landmark Gilded Palace of Sin, followed in 1970 by Burrito Deluxe. After Parsons left the group in 1971, Hillman stayed on for two less successful records, a self-titled 1971 effort and the following year's Last of the Red Hot Burritos. After they disbanded, Hillman joined Stephen Stills' Manassas, where he remained until 1973, when he briefly rejoined the Byrds.
In 1974, Hillman teamed with singer/songwriters John David Souther and Richie Furay to form Souther Hillman Furay; after recording two LPs with the trio, Hillman issued a pair of solo albums, 1976's Slippin' Away and 1977's Clear Sailin'. By 1978, he had rejoined McGuinn and Clark to record a 1979 album under the name McGuinn, Clark & Hillman, producing the Top 40 pop hit "Don't You Write Her Off." The album City followed a year later, this time as "Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman featuring Gene Clark." They soon went their separate ways, and in 1982 Hillman issued a straightforward country record, Morning Sky. Two years later, he released Desert Rose, which contained the minor country hits "Somebody's Back in Town" and "Running the Roadblocks." The album's title proved indicative of things to come, and in 1986 he formed the Desert Rose Band, a country-rock outfit featuring Nashville session aces Herb Pedersen, John Jorgenson, Jay Dee Maness, Steve Duncan, and Bill Bryson.
The Desert Rose Band proved to be Hillman's most commercially successful post-Byrds project; their first LP, an eponymously titled 1987 outing, generated a pair of Top Ten country hits in "Love Reunited" and "One Step Forward," which peaked at number two. 1988's "He's Back and I'm Blue" topped the country charts, as did "I Still Believe in You," from the album Running. Two other singles from the record, "Summer Wind" and a cover of John Hiatt's "She Don't Love Nobody," reached the Top Five. The follow-up, 1989's Pages of Love, was also highly successful, with two more Top Ten hits, "Start All Over Again" and "Story of Love." Subsequent releases like 1991's True Love and 1993's Traditional failed to achieve the same degree of popularity, however, and after one final LP, Life Goes On, the group called it quits in 1994.
At the peak of the Desert Rose Band's success, Hillman had also begun appearing infrequently with McGuinn, releasing the Top Ten country duo "You Ain't Going Nowhere" in 1989. Soon, the pair joined Crosby in a re-formed Byrds, playing a handful of club dates. In 1990, they appeared at a tribute to the late Roy Orbison, performing "Mr. Tambourine Man" along with the song's composer, Bob Dylan. The same year, the Byrds cut four new songs for inclusion in a career-spanning box set and in 1991 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1996, Hillman reunited with Desert Rose alumnus Herb Pedersen for Bakersfield Bound. Like a Hurricane followed in 1998. After a short hiatus, Hillman returned in 2002 with Way Out West, a sprawling 17-track collection of country, roots-rock, Americana, and folk that reunited the artist with Pedersen and the Desert Rose Band. It was followed by The Other Side in 2005. Continuing to work with Pedersen, Hillman released At Edwards Barn, a sort of live career retrospective recorded at Edward’s Barn in Nipomo, CA, on Rounder Records in 2010.

Talents : Vocals, Songwriter, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass Guitar

Style musical : Country Rock, Country-Folk, Bluegrass

Brown Mountain Light (1963) (Hillmen)


Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10 20



1974 SP ASYLUM 45201 (US) SOUTHER, HILLMAN, FURAY BAND - Fallin' In Love / Heavenly Fire
1974 SP ASYLUM 45217 (US) SOUTHER, HILLMAN, FURAY BAND - Border Town / Safe At Home
1975 SP ASYLUM 45251 (US) SOUTHER, HILLMAN, FURAY BAND - Mexico / Move Me Real Slow
1975 SP ASYLUM 45267 (US) SOUTHER, HILLMAN, FURAY BAND - Trouble In Paradise / On The Line
1975 SP ASYLUM 45280 (US) SOUTHER, HILLMAN, FURAY BAND - For Someone I Love / Move Me Real Slow
1976 SP ASYLUM 45330 (US) Step On Out / Take It On The Run
1976 SP ASYLUM 45350 (US) Falling Again / Love Is The Sweetest Amnesty
1977 SP ASYLUM 45428 (US) Heartbreaker / Lucky In Love
1984 SP SUGAR HILL 4105 (US) Somebody's Back In Town / ?
1985 SP SUGAR HILL 4106 (US) Running The Roadblocks / ?
1989 SP UNIVERSAL 66006 (US) Chris HILLMAN & Roger McGUINN - You Ain't Going Nowhere / ?


1962 LP 12" CROWN ? (US) BLUEGRASS FAVORITES - The SCOTTSVILLE SQUIRREL BARKERS : Chris HILLMAN, Bernie LEADON, Larry MURRAY - Shady Grove / Home Sweet Home / Swamp Root / The Willow Tree / Hand Me Down My Walking Cane / Three Finger Breakdown / Cripple Creek / Crown Junction Breakdown / Reuben's Train / Katie Cline
1963 LP 12" TOGETHER STT-1012
THE HILLMEN - REDMEN'S POW-WOW - The HILLMEN : Chris HILLMAN, Vern GOSDIN, Rex GOSDIN et Don PARMLEY - Brown Mountain Light / Ranger's Command / Sanggaree / Blue Grass Chopper / Barbara Allen / Fair And Tender Ladies / Goin' Up / Wheel Hoss / When The Ship Comes In / Fare Thee Well / Winsborough Cotton Mill Blues / Prisoner's Plea / Back Road Fever / Copper Kettle / Roll On Muddy River
1974 LP 12" ASYLUM ? (US) THE SOUTHER, HILLMAN, FURAY BAND - Fallin' In Love /  Heavenly Fire / The Heartbreaker / Believe Me / Border Town / Save At Home / Pretty Goodbyes / Rise And Fall / The Flight Of The Dove / Deep, Dark And Dreamless
1976 LP 12" ASYLUM 7E-1062 (US) SLIPPIN' AWAY - Step On Out / Slippin' Away / Falling Again / Take It On The Run / Blue Morning / Witching Hour / Down In The Churchyard / Love Is The Sweetest Amnesty / Midnight Again / (Take Me In Your) Lifeboat
1977 LP 12" ASYLUM 7E-1104 (US) CLEAR SAILIN' - Nothing Gets Through / Fallen Favorite / Quits / Hot Dusty Roads / Heartbreaker / Playing The Fool / Lucky In Love / Rollin' And Tumblin' / Ain't That Peculiar / Clear Sailin'
1978 LP 12" A & M WR-8310 (US) EVER CALL READY - River Of Jordan / I'll Be No Stranger There / Don't Let Them Take The Bible Out Of Our Schoolrooms / God Loves His Children / It's Beginning To Rain / Livin' In The Name Of Love / Boat Of Love / Men Are So Busy / I'm Using My Bible For A Road Map / Panhandle Rag
1979 LP 12" CAPITOL ST-11910 (US) McGUINN, HILLMAN, CLARK - Roger McGUINN, Chris HILLMAN, Gene CLARK - Long Long Time / Little Mama / Don't You Write Her Off / Surrender To Me / Backstage Pass / Stopping Traffic / Feelin' Higher / Sad Boy / Release Me Girl / Bye Bye Baby
1980 LP 12" CAPITOL ST 12043 (US) CITY - Roger McGUINN, Chris HILLMAN, Gene CLARK - Who Taught The Night / One More Chance / Won't Let You Down / Street Talk / City / Skate Date / Givin' Herself Away / Deeper In / Painted Fire / Let Me Down Easy
1980 LP 12" CAPITOL ST 12108 (US) McGUINN, HILLMAN - Roger McGUINN & Chris HILLMAN - Mean Streets / Entertainment / Soul Shoes / Between You And Me / Angel / Love Me Tonight / King For A Night / A Secret Side Of You / Ain't No Money / Turn Your Radio On
1982 LP 12" SUGAR HILL SH-3729 (US) MORNING SKY - Tomorrow Is A Long Time / The Taker / Here Today & Gone Tomorrow / Morning Sky / Ripple / Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues / Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die / Mexico / It's Happening To You / Hickory Wind
1984 LP 12" SUGAR HILL SH-3743 (US) DESERT ROSE - Why You Been Gone So Long / Somebody's Back In Town / Wall Around Your Heart / Rough & Rowdy Ways / Desert Rose / Running The Roadblocks / I Can't Keep You In Love With Me / Treasure Of Love / Ashes Of Love / Turn Your Radio On
1995 CD Curb 012 (US) Sixteen Roses - Greatest Hits - Love Reunited / One Step Forward / He's Back And I'm Blue / She Don't Love Nobody / Summer Wind / I Still Believe In You / Hello Trouble / Start All Over Again / Story Of Love / Will This Be The Day / Come A Little Closer / Price I Pay
05/1996 CD SUGAR HILL CHCD-3850 (US) BAKERSFIELD BOUND - CHRIS & HERB - Chris HILLMAN & Herb PEDERSEN - Playboy / Which One Is To Blame / Close Up The Honky Tonks / Brand New Heartache / Congratulations, Anyway! / It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad) / He Don't Deserve You Anymore / There Goes My Love / My Baby's Gone / The Lost Highway / Time Goes So Slow / Just Tell Me Darlin' / Bakersfield Bound
01/1997 CD ROUNDER CD-0390 (US) OUT OF THE WOODWORK - Tony RICE, Larry RICE, Chris HILLMAN, & Herb PEDERSEN - Hard Times / Lord, Won't You Help Me / Somewhere On The Road Tonight / No One Else / Streetcorner Stranger / So Begins The Task / Dimming Of The Day / Just Me And You / Do Right Woman / Change Coming Down / Story Of Love / Only Passing Through
06/1998 CD SUGAR HILL 3878 (US) LIKE A HURRICANE - Back's Against The Wall / Angels' Cry / Sooner Or Later / Carry Me Home / Run Again / Second Wind / When You Walk In The Room / Like A Hurricane / Living On The Edge / Forgiveness / I'm Still Alive / Heaven's Lullaby
10/1999 CD ROUNDER 11661-0450-2 (US) RICE, RICE, HILLMAN & PEDERSEN - Tony RICE, Larry RICE, Chris HILLMAN, & Herb PEDERSEN - Doesn't Mean That Much Anymore / Side Effects Of Love / One Of These Days / Never Ending Song Of Love / Friend Of The Devil / Out Among The Stars / Moonshine / Moment Of Glory / The Year Of El Niño / Hearts Overflowing / I Will / The Walkin' Blues / I'll Be On That Good Road Someday
10/2001 CD ROUNDER 11661-0483-2 (US) RUNNIN' WILD - Tony RICE, Larry RICE, Chris HILLMAN, & Herb PEDERSEN - San Antone / You're Running wild / Things We Said Today / 4 + 20 / Two Of A Kind / Just Passin' Through / The Mystery That Won't Go Away / Take Me Back Again / Maybe She'll Get Lucky / Hard-Hearted / It's A Long Way To The Top Of The World / About Love
2002 CD BACK PORCH 11978 (US) WAY OUT WEST - Chris HILLMAN & Herb PEDERSEN - Backporch Boy / There You Go / Invitation To The Blues / No Longer A Sweetheart Of Mine / Problems / Better Man Than That / The Old Cross Road / Sugar Cane / After All Is Said And Done / You Done Me Wrong / Save The Last Dance For Me / Are You Missing Me? / That's The Way It Was / You're Learning / Our Love It Don't Come Easy / Good Year / Backporch Boy (Outro)
06/2005 CD SOVEREIGN ARTISTS 1959 (US) THE OTHER SIDE - Eight Miles High / True Love / Drifting / The Other Side / Heaven Is My Home / Touch Me / The Wheel / True He's Gone / Heavenly Grace / It Doesn't Matter / Missing You / The Water Is Wide / I Know I Need You / Our Savior's Hands
09/2010 CD ROUNDER 0652 (US) CHRIS HILLMAN / HERB PEDERSEN AT EDWARDS BARN - Going Up Home / Love Reunited / Turn, Turn, Turn (To Everything There Is A Season) / If I Could Only Win Your Love / Tu Cancion / Our Saviour's Hands / Wheels / Have You Seen Her Face / Eight Miles High / Together Again / Desert Rose / Sin City / The Cowboy Way / Wait A Minute / Heaven's Lullaby
05/2014 CD All Access AACD 0119 (US) ROGER McGUINN - GenE CLARK - CHRIS HILLMAN - Live At the Boarding House - Silver Raven / Release Me Girl / Bound To Fall / It Doesn't Matter / Ballad Of Easy Rider / Jolly Roger / Chestnut Mare / Crazy Ladies / Train Leaves Here This Morning / Mr. Tambourine Man / You Ain't Going Nowhere / Turn! Turn! Turn! / Knocking On Heaven’s Door / Bye Bye Baby / (So You Want To Be A) Rock n Roll Star / Eight Miles High / Feel A Whole Lot Better
09/2015 CD Iconography ICON 050 (?) Backstage Pass - Roger McGUINN, Gene CLARK  & Chris HILLMAN - Release Me Girl / Chimes Of Freedom / Here She Comes Again / Feel A Whole Lot Better / Mr. Spaceman / You Ain't Goin' Nowhere / Feelin' Higher / Backstage Pass / He Was A Friend Of Mine / Chestnut Mare / Turn! Turn! Turn! / (So You Want to Be A) Rock 'n' Roll Star / Eight Miles High / Bye Bye, Baby / Don't You Write Her Off / Crazy Ladies / Train Leaves Here This Morning / Bag Full Of Money / Fair And Tender Ladies
12/2015 CD All Access AACD 0131 (US) Six Days on the Road - Intro / Safe At Home / Down In The Churchyard / Time Between / High Fashion Queen / Colorado / Fallen Eagle / Christine's Tune / Follow Me Through / Blue Morning / Six Days On The Road / Move Me Real Slow / So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star
04/2016 CD Air Cuts # (?) McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN - Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX 1979 - Roger McGUINN, Gene CLARK , Chris HILLMAN - Sad Boy / Long Long Time / Little Mama / Don't You Write Her Off  / Release Me Girl / Turn Turn Turn / Surrender To Me / Chestnut Mare / It Doesn't Matter / Feelin' Higher / You Ain't Goin' Nowhere / Backstage Pass / Stopping Traffic / So You Wanna Be A Rock and Roll Star - Encore Call / Mr. Tambourine Man / Eight Miles High / I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better / Bye Bye, Baby
09/2017 CD ROUNDER 1166100249 (US)

Bidin' My Time - Bells Of Rhymney / Bidin’ My Time / Given All I Can See / Different Rivers / Here She Comes Again / Walk Right Back / Such Is the World That We Live In / When I Get A Little Money / She Don’t Care About Time / New Old John Robertson / Restless / Wildflowers

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