Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman & Marty Stuart - Sweetheart of The Rodeo (50th Anniversary Live CD) [PRE-ORDER]


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The expected street date for this release is August 30th, 2024. All orders will ship around this date.

  • CELEBRATE 5 DECADES OF THE BYRDS' "SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO"  WITH FRIDAY MUSIC & THE LEGENDARY BYRDS' ROGER McGUINN & CHRIS HILLMAN & MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES!
  • SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO-50th ANNIVERSARY LIVE!!!
  • FIRST TIME EVER COMPACT DISC RELEASE!
  • 24 STELLAR SONGS!
  • STRIKING CD ART WITH TOUR PHOTOS
  • INCLUDES THE ACCLAIMED & AUTHORIZED JO MORA "SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO" ELMENTS IN THE ARTWORK
  • EXTENSIVE LINER NOTES & RECENT INTERVIEWS WITH ROGER, CHRIS & MARTY
  • CAPTURED LIVE DURING THEIR PHENOMENAL 23-CITY, 27-SHOW 50TH ANNIVERSARY "SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO" SOLD-OUT TOUR
  • PRODUCED BY MICK CONLEY (MARTY STUART, DANNY O'KEEFE, KATHY MATEA)
  • EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: JOE REAGOSO (The Byrds, Souther, Hillman & Furay, Firefall)
  • PREPARED FOR COMPACT DISC RELEASE  BY LONG TIME BYRDS RE-ISSUE PRODUCER JOE REAGOSO
  • FEATURES 24 BYRDS CLASSICS & STELLAR LIVE VERSIONS INCLUDING:  "MR. TAMBOURINE MAN" "TURN! TURN! TURN!" "EIGHT MILES HIGH" "SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK 'N' ROLL STAR"  "YOU AIN'T GOIN' NOWHERE" "THE CHRISTIAN LIFE" "ONE HUNDRED YEARS FROM NOW" "PRETTY BOY FLOYD" "SATISFIED MIND" "I AM A PILGRIM" & "I FEEL A WHOLE LOT BETTER"
  • MUSICIANS INCLUDE: ROGER McGUINN, CHRIS HILLMAN, MARTY STUART, KENNY VAUGHAN, CHRIS SCRUGGS & HARRY STINSON

Track List

1. My Back Pages
2. A Satisfied Mind
3. Mr. Spaceman
4. Time Between
5. Old John Robertson
6. Wasn't Born to Follow
7. Sing Me Back Home 3:13
8. Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man
9. Mr. Tambourine Man
10. You Ain't Going Nowhere
11. Pretty Boy Floyd
12. Hickory Wind
13. Life In Prison
14. One Hundred Years From Now
15. Nothing Was Delivered
16. Blue Canadian Rockies
17. The Christian Life
18. You're Still On My Mind
19. You Don't Miss Your Water
20. I Am A Pilgrim
21. So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star
22. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
23. Eight Miles High
24. Turn! Turn! Turn!

Additional Details

“An unalloyed joy to see McGuinn and Hillman resurrect this piece of their legacy. ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ was meant to be heard and not merely revered.” -The Washington Post

“ ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ sounds pure and unfiltered, as resonant and lived-in as it did back in 1968…. Age has brought a timely resonance to these tunes, something that wasn’t quite possible when the guys singing were still in their 20s.” -Dallas Observer

In 2018, Byrds co-founders Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman teamed up with country and bluegrass star Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives for a 50th anniversary salute to the Byrds’ watershed 1968 album "Sweetheart of the Rodeo," a work that helped usher in the whole genre of country-rock music.

Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, with Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives Celebrate The 50th Anniversary Of "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" on Friday Music, featured in a stunning first time ever compact disc edition which includes tour photos & the historic Jo Mora "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" album cover elements.

The album includes 24 amazing tracks, selected from various stops on the 23-city, 27-show tour by Stuart’s audio engineer and the album’s producer, Mick Conley (Marty Stuart), and mastered impeccably for cd release by long time Byrds re-issue producer Joe Reagoso.

Over the decades, "Sweetheart of The Rodeo" has become widely recognized as a flashpoint in the emergence of country-rock music, and for helping lay down a template for what eventually would be known as Americana music, that invigorating amalgam of rock, country, blues, folk and gospel music. Rolling Stone placed it No. 120 on its ranking of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

“I love the songs and playing with wonderful musicians,” McGuinn says. “I loved playing with Marty and the Superlatives, and Chris too. It’s a great band to play with, and they are pros. This is the best sounding Byrds’ record ever made! It was a privilege to work this band.”

“It was one of the best tours—if not THE best—I was ever on in 60 years of being in music. Every night was exciting,” Hillman says.  “I couldn't think of anybody else to do that presentation with other than Marty and the Superlatives,” which also includes bassist/steel guitarist Chris Scruggs, guitarist Kenny Vaughan and drummer Harry Stinson. “Listening to this live recording puts me right back on stage with Roger, Marty, Kenny, Harry and Chris," Hillman adds.

Stuart echoed these sentiments. “Everybody won,” he said recently. “That's my thought: As a band, we got to be the Byrds, and Roger and Chris got to be Roger and Chris without having to put up with anything that had to do with band life, and the audience saw things and heard things that they never thought they'd ever see again or have never heard or seen before, right?”

Beyond the joys of the musical performances, the “Sweetheart 50th” tour treated audiences to something of a master class in the evolution of country rock. The album includes songs written and recorded well before Sweetheart to show the musical road that led to the album. These include Hillman’s early country-rock song “Time Between,” Bob Dylan’s “My Back Pages,” and Porter Wagoner’s 1955 country classic “Satisfied Mind.” Also included is “Old John Robertson” the folk-country ballad Hillman and McGuinn collaborated on.

The second part of the evening and the album are devoted to the "Sweetheart" songs, all of which McGuinn, Hillman, Stuart and the Superlatives played using the original arrangements, although not in the original album’s sequence. That portion of the show did, however, start with the same song that opens the album, “You Ain’t Going Nowhere.” McGuinn credits his wife, Camilla, for the structure and script of the narrative used at each show.

One of the impressive things about "Sweetheart" was the diversity of the material: from two previously unreleased Dylan songs—“You Ain’t Going Nowhere” and “Nothing Was Delivered”—and Woody Guthrie’s classic fable of social injustice, “Pretty Boy Floyd,” to Haggard’s sobering country ballad “Life in Prison,” the Louvin Brothers’ country gospel tune “I Like the Christian Life,” Parson’s timeless contributions—“Hickory Wind” and “One Hundred Years From Now,” both sung here by Hillman--and Memphis musician William Bell’s soulful slice of romantic longing, “You Don’t Miss Your Water.”

The differences between the versions The Byrds laid down 50 years earlier and what McGuinn, Hillman, Stuart and the Superlatives put forth from the stages are both significant and subtle.

Following the ovations the six musicians typically received, they returned nightly for an encore segment that included two more Byrds’ classics: “So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!

On the final night of the tour, however, on a cool mid-December night in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., they added the tour’s only live performance of “Eight Miles High,” which, fortunately, was recorded and is included here.

“Any intimations of mortality went unspoken,” Chris Willman wrote for Variety in his review of the first L.A. “Sweetheart” concert in 2018, “but it was … that much more moving that McGuinn and Hillman are here to do this in their 70s… and to do it so well, after showing no particular urgency about reliving their past in intervening decades.

“To everything there is a season,” he concluded, “but the Americana movement they had such a huge part in kickstarting hasn’t really been off-season since. Bully for them for acceding to a characteristically gentle victory lap.”

Friday Music is very pleased to announce this wonderful sounding and amazing recording. We believe it will be one of the most important compact discs to be released this year. 

Please join Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives as we enjoy the dynamic sounds that can only be known as "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo".

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