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Album Review

This is certainly a good representation of the work the Desert Rose Band did in their prime and a project that remains a favorite. With some solid songwriting by Chris Hillman and a cover of Buck Owens' "Hello Trouble," this second release is a definitive work. With hits like "I Still Believe in You," "Summer Wind," and John Hiatt's "She Don't Love Nobody," there is nothing lacking in either performance, production, or material. Like their first release, 1987's Desert Rose Band, Running was based upon the experience of the bandmembers as musicians, songwriters, and singers who were (and continue to be) an important part of the Bakersfield-Los Angeles music community. Both Hillman and Herb Pedersen have impressive resumés that include working with the Byrds, Gram Parsons, Buck Owens, and Emmylou Harris. As for Steve Duncan, Bill Bryson, Jay Dee Maness, and John Jorgenson, each had equally brilliant backgrounds as California musicians and were recognized as such. Be it Bakersfield honky tonk, love songs, or bluegrass, the Desert Rose Band delivered. This release was followed by Pages of Love in 1989 and a greatest-hits package in 1990, A Dozen Roses/Greatest Hits. By 1992, members started leaving the band and the last American release was issued in 1993 on Curb, Life Goes On. Still, Running is the work that listeners will remember with the most affection and longing.

Customer Reviews

Country & Western Gold...

This second album continued to fill the California airwaves with great Country & Western music. When I lived in East Tennessee, no one even recognized the name of this band. That showed me how much Nashville executives controlled the radio. Johnny Cash was right to flip them the bird, they kept bands like this from getting their due. Were these guys ever invited to play the Grand Ole Opry? Nashville deserves Vince 'swill' and Amy 'tramp'. Here are the harmonies that made me listen and enjoy Country & Western music once again; because it was built around vocals that you just wanted to sing along with as soon as you heard the first chords of music on the radio. Play this music loud and proud.

One of Desert Rose's best

Chris ,Herb, and John play and sing great here. The band are great players and Chris is loyal to these guys unlike Nashville cats dumping players regularly. Chris is a legend and the harmonies and playing shine here. I hope the first Desert Rose album appears on I-tunes also. This was back when vinyl was still popular so there are no 14-20 song lists. This is a must if you like the bluegrass,country rock fusion that few can do like Chris Hillman. The production on this is wonderful. IMHO it's timeless. enjoy!


Formed: 1985 in California

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A contemporary vehicle for country-rock pioneer Chris Hillman (ex-Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers), the Desert Rose Band formed in 1985 with primary songwriter Hillman on lead vocals, guitar, and mandolin. Other members, culled mainly from southern California session players, included banjoist/guitarist Herb Pedersen, guitarist John Jorgenson, steel guitarist Jay Dee Maness, bassist Bill Bryson, and drummer Steve Duncan. Their first single was a 1986 cover of Johnnie & Jack's "Ashes of Love," which...
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