While he's been a member of two of the most influential American rock bands of the 1960s, the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, and enjoyed significant success on the country charts in the '80s with the Desert Rose Band, at heart Chris Hillman is a sideman; he's a great musician and capable songwriter who is more interested in serving the song than serving his ego, and to his credit his best solo albums sound like the work of a well-polished ensemble rather than a star who has built a band around himself. Hillman may take the lead vocals, play some fine mandolin solos, and provide a bit of star power on this album, but it's significant that on At Edwards Barn he shares top billing with guitarist Herb Pedersen, a longtime friend and collaborator of Hillman with an impressive résumé as a studio musician and former member of the Dillards and the Desert Rose Band. It's also telling that this live album was indeed recorded in a barn in Nipono, CA during a concert staged as a benefit for a local church; there's a warm and casual feeling to this music and the interaction with the audience, though the playing is never less than expert and the arrangements are precise and span the various stages of Hillman's career with skill. Hillman and Pedersen are joined by three expert musicians who they've worked with before, guitarist Larry Park, fiddler David Mansfield, and bassist Bill Bryson, and the ensemble plays with the light touch and emotional gravity of a top-notch bluegrass ensemble, even when tackling such Byrds classics as "Eight Miles High" and "Have You Seen Her Face." The attitude of At Edwards Barn is genuinely modest, but the beauty of the music is not; Hillman, Pedersen, and their cohorts tackle their back catalog with enthusiasm and estimable skill, and this is as quietly satisfying as anything Hillman has put his name to since the end of the Desert Rose Band.
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Performance CreditsChris Hillman Primary Artist
Technical CreditsRalph Stanley Composer
Chris Hillman Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Pete Seeger Composer,Adaptation
Gene Clark Composer
Gram Parsons Composer
Jeff Cowan Live Recording
David Crosby Composer
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Roger McGuinn Composer
Herb Pedersen Composer
Bill Wildes Composer
Avril Gearheart Composer
Bob Spittle Live Sound Engineer
Rachael Sullivan Graphic Design
James Rosen Liner Notes
Tracy Longo Instrument Technician
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Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen at Edwards Barn based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
For those of us fortunate to have been at a Chris and Herb performance, the big question that always has been asked was: "When are you guys going to do a Live Album?" "Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen: Live at Edwards Barn" is the answer. Not only does it capture the magic (and sometimes mirth) of a Chris and Herb concert with a great list of songs and those wonderful harmonies, but the 'boys' are backed by a first-rate band and the locale could not have been better - inside an old Cowboy barn complete with high ceilings along the central coast of California. Chris, Herb, Bill Bryson on Bass, Larry Park on Guitar, and the fantastic David Mansfield on Fiddle run through a fine selection of songs that encompasses the stellar careers of both Mrssrs. Hillman and Pedersen. To be sure "Eight Miles High", "Turn, Turn, Turn", "Sin City" and "Wheels" are there, but so are newer gems like their great cover of the Louvin Brothers "If I Could Only Win Your Love" (first recorded by Herb as Emmylou Harris's duet partner on her first post-Gram Parsons solo album), "Desert Rose", from Hillman's pre-Desert Rose Band solo album, "Have You Seen Her Face", Hillman's debut as a frontline singer in the Byrds, their tribute to their good friend and mentor, the late Buck Owens in "Together Again", and Chris own tribute to his Cowboy roots in the new "The Cowboy Way". Throughout it all the instrumentation is crisp, on the mark, and those great voices and harmonies are at their best. A must for all Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen fans, and those who love great Americana music.