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The Desert Rose Band provided a definite breath of fresh air to late-‘80s country radio. Featuring ex-Byrd/Flying Burrito Brother Chris Hillman, fellow country-rock stalwart Herb Petersen and young guitar hotshot John Jorgenson, the group got off to a terrific start with its 1987 self-titled debut album. Hillman combines elements of bluegrass, Bakersfield-style honkytonk and Everly Brothers-esque pop/rock in these songs, keeping the emphasis mostly positive and family-friendly. “Love Reunited,” ”Hard Times” and “Time Between” (the latter a reworking of a Byrds-era tune) showcase the DRB’s crisp arrangements and lustrous vocal harmonies. The group’s cover of “Ashes of Love” underscores their affinity for old-fashioned country. Hillman steps out as a balladeer on the melancholy “He’s Back and I’m Blue,” while “Leave This Town” features one of Jorgenson’s tastier guitar leads. The album’s lyrics show maturity and depth – “One That Got Away” is a particularly sensitive account of romantic temptation. Among the support players, Jay Dee Maness is worth special mention for his inventive pedal steel work.

Customer Reviews

Top Notch Debut By These Seasoned Veterans...

Outstanding performers putting out superb quality Country & Western music. This was not a Nashville music factory polished album. It was better than anything that I ever heard out of Nashville. Chris Hillman gave us a new version of his classic song from The Byrds - "Time Between".

One Step Forward rules!

I generally don't care for country music. But after hearing "One Step Forward" over and over on the country station in Grand theft Auto San Andreas I really grew to love that song.

DRB rocks!

A lifelong fan of country rock, I'd forgotten about Desert Rose Band until I caught Ashes of Love on the radio recently. Chrils Hillman is truly a great artist and has made his mark on music in several bands, but DRB is special. You can't go wrong with these dudes!


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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