FAR-WEST to Interview The Byrds' Chris Hillman

As the first installment in its 'Best of the West and Beyond' series, FAR-West (the Western region of Folk Alliance International) will present an interview with Chris Hillman, a 2013 Best of the West honoree, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, AMA Lifetime Award recipient, BMI, CMA and ACM honoree. He speaks about his critically acclaimed new memoir, “Time Between: My Life as a Byrd, Burrito Brother, and Beyond.”

Chris Hillman sat down with longtime LA Times pop music writer, Randy Lewis, for a casual conversation that will be aired via FAR-West’s YouTube channel at 4 PM PST on March 3.  Hillman confesses that before he began to write what became an acclaimed story, now in its second printing, he had intended to merely document for his children and grandchildren the stories about his childhood in California and his life as a member of seminal Rock and Americana bands. The book includes memories of the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Desert Rose Band, along with several collaborations with other legendary players that Hillman says carried names that sounded more like law firms than rock bands.

In this sit-down with Lewis, Hillman recounts both growing up in 1950s California and hanging with some of the most memorable musical artists of the 1960s, from the folk-inspired denizens of the Laurel Canyon days to hanging with the Beatles.

Hillman even throws in a few “extra added attractions” that are not in the book, including plenty of stories and surprises about bandmate David Crosby (he was in glee club!), memorable moments with Stephen Stills, Gram Parsons and plenty more.

Premiering on March 3 at 4:00 PM PST on YouTube.com/farwestconference