Thread: The Byrds: Eight Miles High, The Fillmore, 1970

robslob - 12/2/2017 at 08:18 PM

WOW..........what a find on youtube and the audio/video is just STERLING! I must give credit where credit is due...........I was watching pops42's posted video of Roger McGuinn doing Tom Petty's American Girl in 1977 and noticed this link in the sidebar.

If you've got a spare ten minutes, this one is WELL worth your time. Oh, according to Don (dszobo), ABB appeared the same evening along with Albert King, Van Morrison and Elvin Bishop. Of course David Crosby had left The Byrds by 1970. Here's The Byrds lineup:

Roger McGuinn: Guitar
Clarence White: Guitar
Skip Battin: Bass
Gene Parsons: Drums

chasenbluesman - 12/3/2017 at 11:38 PM

Oh, according to Don (dszobo), ABB appeared the same evening along with Albert King, Van Morrison and Elvin Bishop.

robslob - 12/4/2017 at 12:34 AM

I was so impressed by the musicianship of this Byrds lineup that I had to do a little research, particularly Clarence White's Wikipedia page. I hadn't heard his name mentioned in many, many years so kind of suspected he may have been yet another young drug casualty. Not so. He toured and recorded with the Byrds for four years, 1970-1973. Not long after leaving the band he was loading equipment into his van after a gig in 1973. A drunk driver took him out. He never had a chance. Wow. He was 29 years old.

From that Wikipedia page I found that he actually was a renowned bluegrass musician. I'm no guitar player but you could see in that video he really had something going on regarding his finger-picking. And check out this Wikipedia quote:

"The White-era version of the Byrds, featuring McGuinn, White and Parsons, along with bassists John York (September 1968–September 1969) and Skip Battin (September 1969–February 1973), released five albums and toured relentlessly between 1969 and 1972. Journalist Steve Leggett has noted that, although the original line-up of the Byrds gets the most attention and praise, the latter-day version, featuring McGuinn and White's dual lead guitar work, was regarded by critics and audiences as much more accomplished in concert than any previous configuration of the band had been.[37] Similarly, authors Scott Schinder and Andy Schwartz have commented that although the White-era Byrds failed to achieve the commercial success of the original line-up, the group were a formidable live act and a consistently in-demand attraction on the touring circuit.[36] The authors also cited the Byrds' archival release Live at the Fillmore – February 1969 as a good example of the White-era band's musical potency.[36]Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke has commented on White's contribution to the band, by noting, "with his powerful, impeccable tone and melodic ingenuity, White did much to rebuild the creative reputation of the Byrds and define the road-hearty sound of the group at the turn of the '70s."

pops42 - 12/4/2017 at 02:26 AM

Clarence White's playing was amazing and very cutting edge. his acoustic bluegrass playing sounded like a different person, compared to his electric style, Jerry Garcia was a huge fan and followed him around to festivals across the USA. a huge loss for music. I heard he was a really nice human being as well.

chasenbluesman - 12/4/2017 at 04:24 AM

Marty Stuart has owned Clarence's Fender Telecaster(seen in the OP vid) with the B-bender for quite some time.

MartinD28 - 12/4/2017 at 12:45 PM

Roger McGuinn has toured solo for many years. I've caught a couple of his shows, and he plays Eight Miles High.

spoonbelly - 12/5/2017 at 12:01 PM

Clarence was on a couple of Andy Griffith shows in the early '60s with The Kentucky Colonels.

aiq - 12/5/2017 at 01:35 PM

More CW trivia: the Martin guitar associated with Tony Rice originally belonged to Clarence.

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