Forty years ago, former Byrds Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons released The Gilded Palace Of Sin, the debut album by their new band, The Flying Burrito Brothers. Desperados in sequined Nudie suits fired by a dream to pull rock music back from the psychedelic abyss and return it to its pure and simple country roots, The Flying Burrito Brothers were avatars of a whole new genre that still thrives. Although a connoisseurs choice from the off, that debut and the band’s subsequent releases didn’t sell too well, but The Flying Burrito Brothers have since transcended cult status to earn universal respect and admiration.
Musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chris Hillman is a founding member of folk-rock pioneers The Byrds, country-rock rebels The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, Souther, Hillman & Furay, and The Desert Rose Band. He is a widely respected musical innovator and is regarded as one of the founding fathers of country-rock. Hillman continues to record and tour with longtime musical partner Herb Pedersen. He lives with his family near Santa Barbara, California.