Surprising story in NYT today on one of my old faves, Gene Clark of the original Byrds. Great singer and songwriter and wild character, first to leave group--oddly, feared flying--and then a kind of founder of alt-country with Dillard & Clark and his solo albums. Didn't know there's been a national tour, with young stars (the Walkmen etc.), based on his 1974 No Other album, which was a dud--though I promoted it at Crawdaddy--and then a cult classic. Over-produced (just listen to the demos in the re-release). Always loved his "Strength of Strings" off that lp, see below, and then as a special treat, he does his "Feel A Whole Lot Better" with the Byrds, one of the great '60s rock songs. He also had two tunes on the hit Robert Plant-Alison Krause lp, such as.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Byrd Who Took Flight Returns
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