Dynamic duo to perform at Eastman center in Fryeburg

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Legendary bassist
for The Birds and
pioneer of country-
rock play acoustic

FRYEBURG — Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer and former Byrds bassist Chris Hillman will perform alongside legendary vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Herb Pedersen at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in Fryeburg at 7:30 p.m.Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $10 for students.

Hillman and Pedersen have had a lasting musical friendship spanning over 45 years, since their initial meeting in Los Angeles during the early folk and bluegrass movements. By the mid-1990s, Hillman and Pedersen began performing as an acoustic duo and have recorded several acclaimed albums together.

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Arguably the pioneer of the country-rock genre, Chris Hillman has carved a permanent niche in the history of contemporary American music. Through various No. 1 hit songs such as “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” Hillman helped The Byrds establish themselves as a cornerstone in the cultural and musical movement of the Sixties. In 1967, Hillman established himself as a songwriter with his first song, “Time Between,” noted by many as being the first country rock song. After his tenure with The Byrds, Hillman, along with Gram Parsons, formed The Flying Burrito Brothers, now looked upon as the forerunners of the alternative country-rock style. From The Flying Burrito Brothers to Manassas and then on to Souther–Hillman–Furay, Chris Hillman continued to develop as a singer and songwriter.

Herb Pedersen began his career in Berkeley, Calif., in the early 1960s, playing five-string banjo and acoustic guitar with artists such as David Grisman, Butch Walker and Jerry Garcia. His recording discography is like a “who’s who” of the 1970s and 1980s folk and country music scenes. Emmylou Harris, John Denver, Linda Rondstadt, Vince Gill, Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot and John Prine have all recruited Pedersen for his multi-instrumental/vocal talents.

For those who would like to provide additional support, a limited number of benefactor tickets are available for $50. The benefactor ticket grants backstage access before the show to meet and share hors d’oeuvres with Hillman and Pedersen. Please contact the box office if you are interested in purchasing benefactor tickets.

Pre-order tickets online at www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac or by calling the box office at 207-935-9232. The LHE/PAC is at 18 Bradley St. 

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