McGuinn and Hillman
Byrds’ Tribute, Sweetheart of the Rodeo
San Francisco, CA March 23rd, 2014
Perfect albums are rare. The Byrds’ Sweetheart Of The Rodeo is a perfect album. It was a tall order for McGuinn and Hillman to retrace the entire history of American Folk & Country music in a 43 minute span, even with the help of southern born Harvard theology dropout Gram Parsons in tow. There are some shortfalls and a few missed opportunities along the way but the more time you spend with it the more you realize you wouldn’t change a note. It’s a complicated perfection.