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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Flashback: The Byrds Flip the Opry Script

The ByrdsIn the mid-Sixties, just as Bakersfield, California, was giving rise to the music of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, challenging Nashville's "countrypolitan" sound, so too was the jangly L.A.-based folk-rock of the Byrds beginning to give way to an even more experimental hybrid of country and rock. Founded at the height of Beatlemania in 1964, and leaning heavily on the artistry of songwriter Bob Dylan, the Byrds initially included members Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke. By the end of 1967, however, only McGuinn and Hillman remained. While they would add Hillman's cousin, Kevin Kelley, as drummer, it was their next move that would eventually be seen as one of the driving forces behind the expansive musical genre known today as Americana.

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