Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Real Deal – Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen

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Chris Hillman & Herb Pederson live at Caravan Music Club

From the first song of Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen’s set, I felt cast back in time, back to heady days of my youth in the 1960s and ‘70s. It was that inimitable sound of the times that was emanating from the stage - sweet country rock redolent with superb harmonies and masterly musicianship.

They started with a couple of  Desert Rose Band songs, first the appropriately called Desert Rose, followed by She Don’t Love Nobody, a song written by John Hiatt.  Turn Turn Turn, the famous Pete Seeger song, which was a big hit for The Byrds in 1965, was next. The lyrics are drawn from The Book of Ecclesiastes, so Chris Hillman informed us.

Herb Pedersen was associated with The Dillards, a legendary bluegrass band, and introduced the next song as one of their standards – Close The Door Lightly.

And so the concert proceeded with Chris & Herb ranging through their back catalogue, many of the songs being familiar to those of us who grew up with the songs on our record players or on the radio. For instance the fabulous Sin City written by Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons  for The Flying Burrito Brothers influential record Gilded Palace of Sin, Dylan’s Mr Tambourine Man, which contains the wonderful line “In the jingle jangle morning…” and  Bells of Rhymney another Pete Seeger song. I hadn’t heard many of these songs for decades, but as is the case with music, it’s amazing how you can still remember the words.

They played 20 songs in all, including the encore, and finished their main set with So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star.

It was a great show, by two legends of folk/rock, country/rock fame. They proved that the genuine sound of the era from which they came, cannot be imitated. It was the real thing.

The Caravan Music Club is a great venue – it has an old fashioned ambience and is part of the Oakleigh RSL  It’s a pity it’s so far from home, because it’s one of the best venues in Melbourne.

Set List

  1. Desert Rose
  2. She Don’t Love Nobody
  3. Turn, Turn, Turn
  4. Close The Door Lightly
  5. If I Could Only Win Your Love
  6. Sin City
  7. Bells of Rhymney
  8. Devil In Disguise
  9. Nevertheless I’m In Love With You
  10. Hey Boys
  11. Rank Stranger
  12. Old Crossroads
  13. Mr Tambourine Man
  14. Old Train
  15. Rangers Command
  16. Doesn’t Mean Much Anymore
  17. Eight Miles High
  18. Wait A Minute
  19. So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star


  1. Heaven’s Lullaby

1 comment:

Ann O'Dyne said...

oh yes - all of that - me too.
Tribute To The American Duck was the album played a lot at our house in the 70's.
and The Burritos too of course.
You lucky thing - wish I had been there too.
love from The Bush.