Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, the founder members of the Byrds have announced they will be embarking on a tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their landmark album Sweetheart of the Rodeo.
The album will be played in its entirety, and the duo will also talk about the bands history and the albums creation process. Backing McGuinn and Hillman on the tour will be country music legend Marty Stuart and his band the Fabulous Superlatives.
Hillman said of the up-coming tour: “On March 9, 1968, Roger McGuinn and I, along with many fantastic musicians, began recording the Sweetheart of the Rodeo album at Columbia Studios in Nashville,” adding: “We are honored that it has left a strong, long-lasting impression on country and rock music.”
McGuinn added: “Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Sweetheart of the Rodeo with a group of my favorite musicians is an honor,” and added: “We’re all looking forward to taking the fans through the back pages of the recording.”
Widely considered to be one of the most influential country-rock albums in history, Sweetheart of the Rodeo is said to have influenced some of the biggest bands in its genre including acts like super-group the Eagles and even spawned another genre, Americana.
Check out the full list of tour dates below, with more shows to be added soon.
‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ 50th Anniversary 2018 Tour:
July 24th – Los Angeles, Calif. — Ace Hotel
July 29th – Saratoga, Calif. — Mountain Winery
Sep 18th – Albany, N.Y. — Hart Theater @ The Egg
Sep 20th — Hopewell, Va. — Beacon Theatre
Oct 3rd — Akron, Ohio — Akron Civic Theatre