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07/24/2017 - NEWS!!:

Chris Hillman | Bidin’ My Time

Chris Hillman To Release Bidin’ My Time September 22, 2017
Set Produced by Tom Petty & Executive Produced by Herb Pedersen
Featuring David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Mike Campbell, Mark Fain, Steve Ferrone, John Jorgenson, Josh Jové, Jay Dee Maness,
Benmont Tench, and Gabe Witcher
Chris Hillman, a founding member of the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, and the Desert Rose Band, is widely acknowledged as a seminal figure in the creation of country rock and an architect of American popular music. On September 22, 2017, Hillman will release Bidin’ My Time, his first studio album in over a decade. Tom Petty produced the album at his studio in Southern California, and Hillman’s longtime collaborator and co-founder of the Desert Rose Band Herb Pedersen served as Executive Producer.
Featured performers and guests on the recording include Byrds co-founders David Crosby and Roger McGuinn; Desert Rose Band alumni Pedersen, John Jorgenson, and Jay Dee Maness; Petty and fellow Heartbreakers Mike Campbell, Steve Ferrone, and Benmont Tench; Mark Fain, Josh Jové, and Gabe Witcher.
The album kicks off with a new recording of Pete Seeger’s and Welsh poet Idris Davies’ “The Bells of Rhymney,” which the Byrds recorded for their debut, Mr. Tambourine Man. It’s always been Hillman’s favorite song the band ever recorded. Crosby and Pedersen contribute otherworldly harmonies to the tune, which swells from stripped-down folk into a layered rock-and-roll cry. “I decided to cut it again because I wanted to sing with David and Herb, two great tenors,” Hillman says. “David just loves Herb’s singing, and at 75 years old, David is still a powerful singer — one of the best I’ve ever worked with or been around.”
Another Byrds nod, “Here She Comes Again” was co-written by Hillman and McGuinn, and until now, had only been recorded on a live album in Australia. Hillman plays bass on the track — the instrument he originally played with the Byrds but hadn’t picked up in more than 30 years. “She Don’t Care About Time” was written by Byrds co-founder Gene Clark, who died in 1991. Hillman had always felt the song, which was the original b-side to “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” never quite got the attention it deserves.
Hillman also indulged in an exercise every songwriter craves: he reworked “Old John Robertson,” first featured on The Notorious Byrd Brothers in 1968, to write “New Old John Robertson.” An ambling story song about a kind old man who lived in Hillman’s tiny hometown, the tune revels in Hillman’s bluegrass roots. The album also includes interpretations of the Everly Brothers’ “Walk Right Back,” Petty’s “Wildflowers,” and “When I Get a Little Money,” written by family friend Nathan Barrow.
Hillman’s originals confirm what a fierce songwriter he remains. Front-porch jam session “Such is the World We Live In” wonders what Hillman’s great-grandfather would say about current events. The song epitomizes Hillman’s distinct ability to bemoan ills without abandoning hope. Album standout “Restless,” another self-penned original, saunters as Hillman delivers a muscly vocal performance. Honest but loving, “Given All That I Can See,” a favorite of Hillman’s he calls the record’s “sort-of gospel song,” is a timely call for mercy and grace in an era beleaguered by hate and fear.
The project captures a rarity: a seasoned artist who has never sounded better, making music with old friends for the sheer love of it. “I did everything I felt was right in the moment,” Hillman says of the recording process, before adding with characteristic humility, “I did my very best. That’s all any of us can do.”

Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen and John Jorgenson have announced a series of tour dates for this fall. A full list of dates is below.


Track Listing
1.     Bells of Rhymney
2.     Bidin’ My Time
3.     Given All I Can See
4.     Different Rivers
5.     Here She Comes Again
6.     Walk Right Back
7.     Such Is The World That We Live In
8.     When I Get a Little Money
9.     She Don’t Care About Time
10.   New Old John Robertson
11.   Restless
12.   Wildflowers

Tour Dates


9/21                Sellersville, PA                         Sellersville Theatre
9/22                New York, NY                        City Winery
9/23                Fall River, MA                         Narrows Center for the Arts
9/24                Boston, MA                             City Winery
9/26                Alexandria, VA                        The Birchmere
9/29                Duluth, GA                             The Red Clay Theatre
10/1                Nashville, TN                          City Winery
10/4                Newport, KY                          Southgate House Revival
10/5                Kent, OH                                Kent Stage
10/6                Chicago, IL                              Old Town School of Folk Music
10/7                Edwardsville, IL                      The Wildey Theatre
10/12              Bakersfield, CA                        Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace
10/13              Berkeley, CA                            Freight & Salvage
10/16              West Hollywood, CA              The Troubadour
10/26-28         Park City, UT                          The Egyptian Theatre
11/8                Baton Rouge, LA                     Red Dragon Listening Room
11/9                The Woodlands, TX                Dosey Doe Barn
11/10              Austin, TX                               Texas Union Theater
1/27/18          Thousand Oaks, Ca.                 Scherr Theatre



04/27/2017 - NEWS!!:  

Chris, Herb and John will play a few more dates together later this year.

Click below on the dates and order your HOT tickets now to see the guys LIVE performance. There will songs performed from Byrds, Desert Rose , Burritos and solo stuff. Their three part harmonies combined with the guitar skills of John are stunning.


Order your tickets now!!

September 26, 2017, 7:30 PM The Birchmere, Alexandria , VA

John Jorgenson with Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen

October 26, 2017, 8:00 PM The Egyptian Theater 328 Main St Park City, Utah

John Jorgenson with Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen

October 27, 2017, 8:00 PM The Egyptian Theater 328 Main St Park City, Utah

John Jorgenson with Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen

October 28, 2017, 8:00 PM The Egyptian Theater 328 Main St Park City, Utah

John Jorgenson with Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen

04/24/2017 - NEWS!!:

John Jorgenson wll play a few extra dates with his Electric Band in Europe. The tour will mainly take place in Italy and one date in Switzerland.

With the John Jorgenson Electric Band, guitar fans will have the rare opportunity to hear master guitarist John Jorgenson play electric guitar with an incredible rhythm section that easily moves between rock, blues, country, and many other styles. The international ensemble connects at every stylistic and dynamic turn as they move through material equally arranged yet free for a lot of exciting group improvisation, giving Jorgenson a solid platform to exhibit the virtuosity that earned him a GRAMMY Award in 2008, ACM Guitarist of the Year three consecutive times, inclusion in Guitarist Magazine’s “100 Guitar Heroes” and “100 Most Influential Guitarists,” and Guitar Player Magazine’s “Album of the Year” with the Hellecasters.

Jorgenson is well-known as a preeminent gypsy jazz guitarist, and bluegrass mandolinist, but it’s his eclectic electric guitar playing that is featured in a John Jorgenson Electric Band live performance. Audiences can expect some amazing tones and dazzling fretwork on Jorgenson’s signature Fender model guitars. 

Joining Jorgenson in the John Jorgenson Electric Band configuration are three legendary musicians:

Alan Thomson is a Scottish bassist who has been playing bass with the John Jorgenson Electric Band since 2002. As a bass player, Thomson was another long-term member of John Martyn’s Band and an accomplished songwriter. His touring and writing credits include Jeff Beck, Robert Palmer, Rick Wakeman, Andy Summers, Bo Diddley, Denny Laine and Long John Baldry, John Jorgenson, and Jacqui McShee's Pentangle. 

Cesare Valbusa is an Italian drummer who has collaborated with Jorgenson since 2002. Valbusa was part of the band Rudy Rotta Blues in the 1980’s. He plays with various musicians including Love Lee, pianist of Muddy Waters; Karen Carroll; Louisiana Red and many more. Valbusa has recorded with artists like Bernardo Lanzetti (PFM), Bobby Solo, and Bruno Lightman and has collaborated with TM Stevens (T. Turner), Steve Logan (M. Petrucciani), James Burton (Elvis Presley), Johnny Hiland, Tommy Emmanuel and J. Concerts in America and Europa. 

Franz Bazzani is a skillful pianist and keyboard player. He plays different kinds of music: rock, funky, jazz and country with many bands. Bazzani has recorded with Luca Olivieri, a great country-guitar player well known all over Europe and has performed with many artists including Bobby Solo, Bruno Marini, James Burton, Jerry Donahue, Tommy Emmanuel and Johnny Hiland. Bazzani has collaborated with some of the best jazz musicians such as Enrico Rava, Mauro Ottolini, Zeno De Rossi, Danilo Gallo, Vincenzo Vasi, Paolo Botti, Dan Kinzelmann, Giovanni Guidi, Daniele Tittarelli, Dario Deidda, Ernesto Lopez Maturel, Marcello Giannini, Stefano Menato, Guido Bombardieri, Mauro Negri. 

The set list for John Jorgenson Electric Band live performances typically include songs by many of Jorgenson’s past bands and colleagues such as the Hellecasters, Elton John, the Desert Rose Band, and the Byrds, and by songwriters such as Rodney Crowell and Leonard Cohen, as well as Jorgenson’s original compositions and unique interpretation of classic songs. 

Source: John

May 26, 2017, 9:00 PM Teatro di Gemona Udine, Italy

John Jorgenson Electric Band

May 27, 2017, 9:00 PM Teatro dei Tamburi Novellara RE, Italy

John Jorgenson Electric Band

May 29, 2017 Private Event Piona Winery VR, Italy

John Jorgenson Electric Band

May 30, 2017, 9:00 PM Club Giordino Lugagnano VR, Italy

John Jorgenson Electric Band

June 01, 2017, 9:00 PM Moskito Rock 'n' Roll Bar Via Ninfea 82 25049 Iseao (Brescia)

John Jorgenson Electric Band

June 02, 2017, 6:30 PM Chitarre ai Castelli Bellinzona, Switzerland

John Jorgenson Electric Band


Come to see them and enjoy!!


12/17/2016 - NEWS!!:




January 12, 2017, 7:30 PM IMT at Saint Mark Presbytertian Church 10701 Old Georgetown Road Rockville, MD

John Jorgenson Quintet

January 13, 2017, 8:00 PM The Mainstay 5753 Main St Rock Hall, MD

John Jorgenson Quintet

January 14, 2017, 7:00 PM Cultural Arts Center 2880 Mountain Road Glen Allen, VA

John Jorgenson Quintet

January 15, 2017, 8:00 PM F Court Square Harrisonburg, VA 22801

John Jorgenson Quintet Court Square Theater 41

January 20, 2017, 9:00 PM Shubb/Saga NAMM party Doubletree Hotel Anaheim, CA

John Jorgenson Quintet private event

January 22, 2017, 7:00 PM Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, AZ

John Jorgenson Quintet

February 17, 2017, 3:00 PM Bluegrass First Class Crowne Plaza Resort 1 Resort Dr Asheville, NC

J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)

February 17, 2017, 10:00 PM Bluegrass First Class Crowne Plaza Resort 1 Resort Dr Asheville, NC

J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)

February 18, 2017, 8:00 PM Revolution Mills Machine Shop 1160 Revolution Mill Dr Greensboro, NC

J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)

April 06, 2017, 7:30 PM Barre Opera House 6 N Main St Barre, VT

John Jorgenson Quintet

April 07, 2017, 7:30 PM Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center Stowe, VT

John Jorgenson Quintet

April 08, 2017, 7:30 PM Chandler Music Hall 71 Main St Randolph, VT

John Jorgenson Quintet

April 09, 2017, 7:30 PM Latchis Theater 50 Main St Brattleboro, VT

John Jorgenson Quintet

April 28, 2017, 8:00 PM Center for Performing Arts Hinman Auditorium 10150 Bonita Beach Rd Bonita Springs, FL

John Jorgenson with Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen

April 29, 2017, 8:00 PM Tarpon Springs, FL

John Jorgenson with Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen

April 30, 2017, 7:30 PM Winter Haven, FL

John Jorgenson with Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen

July 13, 2017, 9:00 PM Shubb/Saga NAMM party Hermitage Hotel Nashville, TN

John Jorgenson Quintet private event

August 06, 2017 YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park, CO

John Jorgenson at Rocky Mtn Guitar Camp

August 07, 2017 YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park, CO

John Jorgenson at Rocky Mtn Guitar Camp

August 08, 2017 YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park, CO

John Jorgenson at Rocky Mtn Guitar Camp

August 09, 2017 YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park, CO

John Jorgenson at Rocky Mtn Guitar Camp

August 12, 2017 Guitar Town Acoustic Day Copper Mountain, CO

J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band) and John Jorgenson Quintet

August 13, 2017 Guitar Town Electric Day Copper Mountain, CO

John Jorgenson Electric Band

August 24, 2017, 7:30 PM Clayton Opera House 403 Riverside Dr Clayton, NY

J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)

August 27, 2017, 6:00 PM 1 Main St Woodbridge, NJ

J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)


05/01/2016 - NEWS!!:

John Jorgenson Electric, Bluegrass and Quintet dates:




May 07, 2016, 9:00 PM Bar Al Parco Parco Nocivelli Verolanuova Italy

John Jorgenson Electric Band

May 08, 2016, 5:00 PM Locanda dei Musicisti Tenno, Italy

John Jorgenson Electric Band

May 09, 2016, 7:30 PM Valpolicella Music Center Verona, Italy

John Jorgenson Guitar Workshop

May 10, 2016, 8:00 PM Club Giordino Lugagnano VR Italy

John Jorgenson Electric Band

May 11, 2016, 9:00 PM JO LIVE Marano Lagunare UD, Italy

John Jorgenson Electric Band

May 12, 2016, 9:00 PM Moskito Rock 'n' Roll Bar Via Ninfea 82 25049 Iseao (Brescia)

John Jorgenson Electric Band

May 13, 2016, 9:00 PM Teatro dei Tamburi Novellara RE Italy

John Jorgenson Electric Band

May 15, 2016, 4:00 PM Pinkster Feester Bornerbroek, NL

John Jorgenson Electric Band

May 16, 2016, 8:15 PM De Paren van Zuilen, Parelsessies Utrecht, NL

John Jorgenson Electric Band

May 20, 2016, 8:00 PM Schoenberg Guitars 106 Main St Belvedere Tiburon, CA

J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)

May 21, 2016, 8:00 PM Don Quixote's 6275 Hwy 9 Felton, CA

J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)

May 22, 2016, 7:00 PM Berkeley Bluegrass Festival, Berkeley, CA


June 23, 2016, 8:00 PM Private Event Nashville, TN

John Jorgenson Quintet

July 26, 2016, 7:30 PM The Cutting Room New York, NY

John Jorgenson Quintet

July 27, 2016, 7:30 PM Shepard Park Lake George, NY

John Jorgenson Quintet

July 28, 2016, 7:00 PM Ballard Park Ridgefield, CT

John Jorgenson Quintet

July 30, 2016 Ossipee Valley Music Festival, Hiram, ME

John Jorgenson Quintet

August 13, 2016 Guitar Town Copper Mountain, CO

Acoustic Day at Guitar Town

August 14, 2016 Guitar Town Copper Mountain, CO

John Jorgenson Electric Band

August 17, 2016, 8:00 PM City Winery 1200 W Randolph St Chicago, IL

J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)

August 19, 2016, 7:00 PM Larry fest La Farge, WI

J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)

September 10, 2016, 8:30 PM One World Prairie Music Festival Cheyenne, WY

John Jorgenson Quintet

September 15, 2016, 7:30 PM Katherine Hepburn Arts Center Old Saybrook, CT

J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)

September 16, 2016, 8:00 PM Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River, MA

J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)

September 17, 2016, 7:30 PM Anderson Hall Wolfeboro, NH

J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)

September 23, 2016, 8:00 PM Djangofest Northwest WICA Whidbey Island, WA

John Jorgenson Quintet Concert

September 24, 2016 Djangofest Northwest WICA Whidbey Island, WA

John Jorgenson Workshops

September 25, 2016, 7:00 PM Djangofest Northwest WICA Whidbey Island, WA

Closing Jam, with John Jorgenson

October 14, 2016, 7:30 PM Hart Public Schools Auditorium Hart, MI

John Jorgenson Quintet

November 05, 2016, 7:30 PM Oneida High School Auditorium Oneida, NY

J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)


05/01/2016 - NEWS!!:

Unfortunately still no 2016 dates. We are hoping for a few akoustic shows later this year with Chris, Herb, John and Bill.

JayDee has put out his first solo-cd 'From where I Sit'. A few of the other DRB-members contributed to it. The CD is available as standard CD and as a backing track version.

Get it at the official website of JayDee:


"I have been so fortunate in my career to have worked with four of the very best steel guitarists in music; Jay Dee Maness, Tom Brumley, Lloyd Green and Sneaky Pete Kleinow. I'm truly honored to be a part of this fine album and to have a good friend like JayDee."
- Chris Hillman -

"This CD goes into my very small collection of 'the best of the best' albums."
- LLoyd Green -

"JayDee has the neatest way of getting from one note or harmony notes to another on the E9 tuning that separates him from everybody else."
- Buddy Emmons -

01/01/2016 - NEWS!!:


Happy NEW YEAR Folks!

On behalve of the Desert Rose Band we all wish you a wonderful New Year!


Finally after almost 29 years the DRB will play Europe on the 12th of July. They will be part of the Country festival in Breim, Norway. the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band will also perform on the festival. Could not be better right...? This is a very special occasion to see the guys full electric and probably the last time in Europe. Book your tickets now!

More infore information: and

Tickets here:



A new compilation album of the Desert Rose Band has been released by Curb. This album has similar songs as the Greatest Hits Album - A Dozen Roses, but is remastered and a great gift to get in touch with the music of the DRB.


1. Love Reunited 2. One Step Forward3. He's Back And I'm Blue 4. Summer Wind 5. I Still Believe In You 6. She Don't Love Nobody 7. Hello Trouble 8. Start All Over Again 9. In Another Lifetime 10. Story Of Love




A very happy 2014 to you all! On behalf of myself and of course Chris, Herb, John JayDee, Steve and Bill a wonderful year. 2014 starts with some very special concerts of the DRB.

On the 9th of January the DRB (full line Up!) will be part of Albert Lee's 70th birthday party.

The show will feature special guest appearances by Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Peter Asher, Jerry Donahue of The Hellcasters, Lauence Juber, Jack Sh*t Band, Rosie Flores, and Scarlet Rivera, as well as surprise guest appearances.

The night will kick off with opening sets by Wild Ride and Johnny Oskam, beginning at 7 p.m. that will be followed by Albert Lee and friends at 9:00 p.m.

Lee has worked both in the studio and on tour with many famous musicians from a wide range of genres, including the Everly Brothers and Eric Clapton. He has also maintained a solo career of his own and is a noted composer and musical director. In addition to his 70th Birthday Celebration, Lee's next big projects include a solo album, documentary and concert project celebrating his illustrious career in music.


The year 2014 will bring a lot new DRB dates to you. Finally the guys will be heading to europe for a date in Norway on July 6th. For now it's uncertain if the show will be an electric show or akoustic show.

John and Herb worked hard to have their websites restyled and designed and the results are fabulous. Check out the results at and

I'm looking for the possibility to give this website a huge facelift at some point nearby. Only spare time seems to be my worst enemy.


It seems the Bill, John, Chris and Herb are quite satisied with their current lineup. So far no electric tourdates this year. JayDee is voted for Pedal Guitar player of the year 2013! Congratulations to JayDee!


A few new dates are added to the tour-section. The Desert Rose Band will do a few akoustic shows (Chris, Herb, John and Bill) and a few electric shows with the whole group.

A live DVD or cd will be released at some point in time. No dates are confirmed. It will be great way to end the DRB legacy with.


Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2012!!

The Desert Rose Band will kick off January 2012 with a brand new series of Reunion dates! For now only three dates are yet confirmed by their management. These three dates are very special because the show will be akoustic. This means Chris, Herb, John and Bill will be heading the January shows. A great privilage to see these guys at their best. This means we willl probably see a different setlist compared to the dates from last years with JayDee and Steve. Blendid harmonies and spinechilling akoustic guitar and mandoline work from Chris and John with backing harmonies from Bill and Herb. Let's wait for some more dates later this year with all the guys included. More datails to follow.

Doug Johnson has put together a brand new Winter and Spring 2012 pasture catalog which can be found at This catalog features the finest products to support the DRB for a very reasonable price. Some of these articles are original items from the late eightees and are real 'collectors' goodies. The new 2012 Desert Rose Band T-shirt is also available and designed for the upcoming 2012 dates. Order yours now!


Desert Rose Band Fans recieved the following news from

Dear fans of Chris Hillman,

It's time again for Winter Pasture, the catalog from Chris Hillman's Bar None Bunkhouse of items we have in limited supplies and/or no longer produce. You'll see a few things from last year and a couple of new things.

On the Bar None Bunkhouse Store page you'll also see that we've got two new T-shirt designs as well as our new Flying Burrito Bros caps.

New shirts are:

We hope you enjoy the new designs, and that you'll find something you like in the new Winter Pasture catalog!

The Bar None Bunkhouse Gang


New Pictures and Review of the only DRB performance this year. Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Colorado turned out to be quite memorable. Jay Dee had to have surgery the day before showtime, so the DRB had no Pedal Guitarist and Chris played the mandolin a lot more to fill in the mssing parts of Jay Dee which is of course quite hard.. He also promised to be there next year with a few new DRB reunion shows!


It seems the concert at Rocky Mountain Music Festival on the 28th of August will be the only one this year.Tickets at

Let's hope 2012 will be a better DRB year!

I removed the link to the DRB forum due too a lack of interest.


New Desert Rose Band Reunion 2011 date announced!

The Desert Rose Band will continue their succesfull Reunion series with a concert at Rocky Mountain Music Festival on the 28th of August. Tickets will be available from April 15th at

Let's hope more Reunion dates will follow soon. Do not miss the chance to see these guys live. You will be blessed.


Desert Rose Band Fans recieved the following news from

Dear fans of Chris Hillman and The Desert Rose Band,

While cleaning out a drafty storage room at the Bar None Bunkhouse a few months ago, we came upon some items we didn't even know we had. Under an old reel of rusty barbed wire was an aged Arbuckle's Coffee box, marked "Old Biscuits for Recycling", but when it was opened we discovered a small stash of Byrds Fifth Dimension T-shirts in both long and short sleeve versions! These shirts were available for a few years on Chris' website and were discontinued, but we are happy to tell you that a few of them still exist after all, and they are available for you right now.

We also discovered the last lot of the cloisonné Desert Rose Band pins that came out in 1988, for the Running & Pages of Life tours! In addition, we still have a few posters from recent tours by Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen, and some recent Desert Rose Band posters. Again, all of this stuff is no longer being made, but what we have left we're happy to sell. There are some other items, too, so take a look at our PDF catalog.

There are a few more dusty boxes still to go through, but we've gotta go buy a machete to cut through the cobwebs before we even think about opening those. We'll get to them eventually, and if there's anything we figure you all might be interested in, we'll let you know; who knows, the boxes might just contain old biscuits, but there might be treasure, too.

If you would like to see the complete catalogue, click here, where you will be able to download a PDF version of the catalogue. Please follow the instructions on the PDF document if you find something that you've just gotta have in your own bunkhouse.

Thanks for your continued support of Chris Hillman and his music, and keep checking the website!

Doug Johnson
Bar None Bunkhouse


01/26/2011 - UPDATE!!:

Desert Rose Band Fans wishes everybody a blessed and wonderful 2011!

A studioperformance of Chris, Herb and John at WAMU Studios, Washington DC, CA is added to the tourdates 2010. This performance was done in the morning while the Birchmere show was in the evening. The show features an interessting setlist with nice rendition of the song 'Twilight is Gone' from the 'True Love' album. As far as I know this song never featured in the Reunion shows. But... it was played in the old heighdays with Bill and Herb on Dobro back in 1991 and stands out to be one of my favourite DRB songs. Let's see if they put in on the setlist. Link: 'Twilight is Gone'.

Chris joined John (JJQ) for two songs at the Grammy Museum on the 24th of January 2011. Let's hope the Desert Rose Band will do some new Reunion shows in 2011. According to various sources there are some plans, but nothing has yet been confirmed by their management. If they are published, they will appear on this site.

I also added a couple of missing 'old' tourdates from 1986 and 1987. Thanks to my friend Gary for the research. There are still a lot of missing dates, so any help is welcome and truly appreciated.

09/27/2010 - NEWS!!:

Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen’s At Edwards Barn is a career retrospective, featuring songs from various aspects of their careers including such numbers as “Eight Miles High,” “Wait a Minute,” and the “Turn, Turn, Turn.” The album preserves a live concert performance that included songs from Chris Hillman’s days with bands such as The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and The Desert Rose Band. During some of those years Herb Pedersen was playing with many artists, including David Grisman and Jerry Garcia. Chris and Herb’s musical partnership creates a fresh take on some classics of the modern folk era.

Along with Hillman and Pedersen, the album features Bill Bryson on bass, Larry Parks on acoustic guitar and David Mansfield on fiddle. The band has an organic sound, as if each of the musicians were truly listening to each other and adjusting their contribution accordingly. Refreshing, to say the least.

The album includes live versions of 15 tunes that only touch on the contributions each has made to the American music scene. Of particular note: there are a couple of rarely performed masterpieces here too, including live versions of “Have You Seen Her Face,” “If I Could Only Win Your Love,” and Buck Owens’ “Together Again.”

At Edwards Barn sounds absolutely live and wonderful. Recording it (in 2009) at the intimate setting of Southern California’s Edwards Barn was a smart move; the acoustics there are outstanding and this quality transfers to the album. I wasn’t there that night at Edward’s Barn, but when I turn up the CD (not too loudly) I feel like I suddenly am.

These guys may have played these songs for years, but hearing them introduce them and play them for the live audience, it is clear they have found ways to keep them fresh. There’s nothing like having an audience to bring out the best in musicians that love what they do.

CD available at

Link: Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen live at Edwards Barn


08/30/2010 - UPDATE!!:

After eight 'sold old' shows the Desert Rose Band will take you back to the roots of Country Music for their final two dates at Copper Country Festival, Copper Mountain, CO on the 5th of September and The Ellen Theatre, Bozeman, MT on the 6th of September.

Don't miss the chance to see the guys in full action playing all their top-ten hits such as 'Ashes of Love', 'One Step Forward', 'Summer Wind', He's Back and I'm Blue and many great other ones. Once you have seen them, you will love them!

Tickets 'The Ellen Theater' HERE

08/09/2010 - UPDATE!!:

So far the DRB had a great time. Sold out reunion shows and two more dates added in August and one in September. John Jorgenson was so nice to write a little review on his FACEBOOK page from the second day of their performance at the Birchmere. The first night ath the Birchmere was cancelled due to a storm and continious power outage.

QUOTE: "Wow, what an amazing show we had with the DRB at the Birchmere tonight!! Packed house and very enthusiastic audience, we played nearly 2 hours and signed for an hour afterwards.
Lots of friends and colleagues at the show, making for a very warm and fun evening for all."

03/13/2010 - NEWS!!:

The Desert Rose Band will play The Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA on the 29th of May and Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT on the 5th of August 2010.

03/10/2010 - NEWS!!:

Doug Johnson, The Desert Rose Band merchandise director, is going to have new things for sale through Chris Hillman's DRB site. For the Reunion Tour 2010 Doug already designed a very new DRB t-shirt which is available now.

Check out here!!

02/08/2010 - NEWS!!:

The Desert Rose Band will play Buck Owens famous Crystal Palace on the 27th of May.

11/20/2009 - NEWS!!:

Finally great news for all the Desert Rose Band friends. The guys planned a few dates coming year. The tour will kick off in May 2010. Till now we have five confirmed dates, which also can be seen on John Jorgenson's website.

Hopefuly more dates to follow. Check out the dates and venues at the "Tourdates" section.


07/13/2009 - NEWS!!:

A new audience recording was discovered by my friend Gary. The Desert Rose Band live at Coyote Joe's, Charlotte, NC. So far it's the only 1992 bootleg from the DRB with an electric show. Most of the year were akoustic ones, so this is a warm welcome. Night after Night was played and Chris also mentioned the preparations for the Life Goes On album.

Some new articles added to the Press/Articles section and some 'old' dates. Thanks Gary for your input.

05/04/2009 - NEWS!!:

At Chris's guestbook I read the DRB is considering some new Reunion dates later this year. Nothing is yet confirmed by Chris or his management. Due too the busy shedules of John Jorgenson, Herb and Chris we can imagine it's not easy for the guys to fit in a few dates.

We hope to receive some info soon. The last dates in 2008 were a 'blast' for the DRB.

02/04/2009 - NEWS!!:

Tom Brumley, famed pedal steel guitarist with Buck Owens' Buckaroos, Rick Nelson and the Desert Rose Band (1991-1994) passed away today in Texas. He was 73 years old.

Brumley was renowned in the steel world for playing the solo on Owens' "Together Again", a heart-felt ballad of reconciliation punctuated by the beautiful melodic solo that perfectly captured the sentiment of the lyric. Much like George Harrison's "Something" the solo is so intrinsic to the song that it sounds wrong if a band covers the tune and does not at least nod to the original.

Brumley's father, Albert E. Brumley, wrote the gospel classic "I'll Fly Away". Only drummer Willie Cantu is still left from the original Buckaroos line-up, a combo that is largely acknowledged to be among the finest road bands to ever perform.

12/21/2008 - NEWS!!:

The Desert Rose Band were part of the 1987's action movie Steele Justice from director Robert Boris. The DRB did "Love Reunited" and "One That Got Away".

So far this seems to be the only footage from the song "One That Got Away" available, but it seems likely the song featured in the unedited Austin City Limits performance from 1987.

10/02/2008 - UPDATE!!:

For those who love the 'Tourdates' section on this site, I added some dates from 1993 to the site. Reviews/ Articles can now be watched at the 'Memorabilia' section.

09/29/2008 - UPDATE!!:

Pictures of the Copper Mountain gig are added to the site. You will find them at tourdates>2008>copper mountain.

09/22/2008 - NEWS!!:

In a recent interview at the Copper show in Colorado (08/31/2008), Chris Hillman said: "If all goes well, the DRB might record a live album at Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, CA".

There is no date confirmed when this show will take place.

09/06/2008 - NEWS!!:

Great News!! The Desert Rose Band will be 'live' on the radio and internet on the third of October. 107.5 FM KPIG will broadcast the concert from The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA.

Could this be the taped show where the fans will see a 'live release' from next year?

Check out "The Catalyst" or "KPIG 105.7 FM" for more detailed info.

Update: due to licensing agreements the DRB won’t be simulcast on KPIG.

09/02/2008 - NEWS!!:

So far the Desert Rose Band played three succesfull, sold out concerts in August. The reviews we got were very positive and the crowd loved the Reunion. This surely asks for more concerts. Hopefully the guys will add some gigs to their tour. They really enjoyed themselves playing with each other. If you have tickets from The Belly Up Tavern, Coach House or Copper Festival; Please scan them and mail them to me.

08/25/2008 - NEWS!!:

Just two more days and the DRB will kick off there Reunion tour at the Belly Up in Solano Beach, LA.The guys will play material from there first three albums. This will be the first time in fifteen since they last played together.

For fans of all ages, there is nothing to compare to the rich sounds of live music when the songs are timeless and the performers are at the top of their game.The Desert Rose Band’s sterling musicianship and impeccable three-part harmonies, from country to bluegrass to Bakersfield, promise to deliver a not-to-be-missed reunion tour.

06/10/2008 - NEWS!!:
At the official site of Chris Hillman you can now find a seperate section of The Desert Rose Band. There is a small biography about the band including a link to the tourdates in August. More info at
06/08/2008 - NEWS!!:

On the sites of Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen and John Jorgenson are four dates planned for the "Reunion" concerts. The rehearsals for the concerts will take place on the 25th and 26th of August.

Planned dates:


We don't know if the last albums "True Love" and "Life Goes On" will be incorparated in the upcoming shows.

05/08/2008 - BREAKING NEWS!!:

The Desert Rose Band will reunite for a few concerts this year. Very little is know about this yet, but we can confirm that all six original members will be playing songs from the first three albums 'Desert Rose Band', 'Running' and 'Pages Of Life'. The Desert Rose Band called their quits in 1994 after starting in 1986. John Jorgenson made a guest-apperance at the Station Inn on the 2nd of May joining his old bandmates Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen.

A proper live CD/DVD release is discussed, but no futher info is confirmed.

05/01/2008 - WELCOME!!:

Welcome the the first unofficial 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 in the country scene in the late eightees and ninetees. The band were often entitled as the inventers of the name Country-Rock, which wasn't appreciated by everyone.

During the years the Desert Rose Band were at their peak, topping the country-charts with several number one hits, they produced six succesfull albums and a Greatest Hits album proving they were and are one of the best musicians around. After seeing many Byrds-related fansites on the web, the idea raised to design a site for the fans and friends of the Desert Rose Band. This site represents the unique quality this band stands for and gives them the credits they deserve.

I hope everybody who is connected to the DRB will enjoy this site. All information connected to the DRB is welcome. Updates will be shown frequently!