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Bill Bryson R.I.P. - 11/10/1946- 30/04/2017

Sad news for all the friends, family and fans of Bill. I'm sorry to tell that Bill passed away last sunday at the age of 70. Bill was one of the (founding) members of the Desert Rose Band, the Laurel Canyon Ramblers, Chris and Herb shows - and the Brombies.

Bill had been battling health issues but this still comes as a shock to us.

God Bless Annie Bryson, Chris, Herb, JJ, Jay Dee, and Steve and all of us who were an extended part of the Desert Rose Band family.

And yes. . .

Bill Bryson, God Bless, RIP. I - WE will miss you.

Alan, S.A and Willem


Message by Chris Hillman:

"We mourn our dear Bill's passing, we celebrate his life and accomplishments.
Now he is with God in eternal grace and peace.


Loyalty, honor, integrity, duty but a few of the virtues Bill possessed.
Loved by so many, always open and engaging to all who crossed his path.
I thank God for the time I had with Bill, working with him over 25 years on stage and in the recording studio he always inspired me and always kept me laughing.
A wonderful man, a fantastic musician, a dear friend. I will always hold him close in my heart. Our love and prayers forever for his dear Annie."


Source: Chris Hillman Facebook





Welcome to the first Desert Rose Band Fansite on the internet. The Desert Rose Band, which is Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, John Jorgenson, JayDee Maness, Steve Duncan and Bill Bryson, has been a major influence to the country scene in the late eighties and nineties. The band were often said to be the inventors of the name Country-Rock, which wasn't appreciated by everyone.

During the years the Desert Rose Band was at its peak, topping the country-charts with several number one hits, they produced six succesful albums and a Greatest Hits album proving they were and are some of the best musicians around.

After seeing many Byrds-related fansites on the web, the idea emerged to build a site for all those fans and friends of the Desert Rose Band. This site represents the unique quality this band stands for and gives them the credit they deserve.

I hope everybody who feels connected to the DRB will enjoy this site. All information concerning the DRB is welcome.