The Byrds’ Chris Hillman Is Back With A Tom Petty-Produced Country Rock Album That Features David Crosby

At 72 years old and with a resume that includes that includes stints with The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and others, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Chris Hillman has nothing left to prove. He didn’t have to make a new solo album, his first since 2005, but he did it anyway: Bidin’ My Time comes out on September 22nd, and the whole thing is streaming here, via Billboard.

“I didn’t think I would ever make another record, and that wasn’t coming out of any kind of bitterness or whatever,” Hillman said. “I had some songs that I had not recorded, but I was sort of winding down. It was, ‘OK, I’ve had a great 54-year career,’ and looking at the way the business is at this point, there was no reason to do another [album].”

So why did Hillman decide to get back in the saddle? For no other reason beyond his own desire to:

“I’ve never had as much fun recording, and I think a lot of it has to do with there was really no pressure attached. I wasn’t going after a new career or trying to get on the charts, whatever that means. It was just making music.”

Aside from Hillman himself, there are some country rock heavy hitters attached to this album: Tom Petty produced it, and the record features former Byrds bandmates David Crosby and Roger McGuinn, as well as members of Petty’s Heartbreakers band.

Listen to Bidin’ My Time here, and check out Hillman’s upcoming tour dates below.

09/21 — Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theatre
09/22 — New York, NY @ City Winery
09/23 — Fall River, MA @ Narrows Center for the Arts
09/24 — Boston, MA @ City Winery
09/26 — Alexandria, VA @ The Birchmere
09/29 — Duluth, GA @ The Red Clay Theatre
10/01 — Nashville, TN @ City Winery
10/04 — Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival
10/05/ — Kent, OH @ Kent Stage
10/06 — Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music
10/07 — Edwardsville, IL @ The Wildey Theatre
10/12 — Bakersfield, CA @ Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace
10/13 — Berkeley, CA @ Freight & Salvage
10/16 — West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
10/26-28 — Park City, UT @ The Egyptian Theatre
11/08 — Baton Rouge, LA @ Red Dragon Listening Room
11/09 — The Woodlands, TX @ Dosey Doe Barn
11/10 — Austin, TX @ Texas Union Theater
01/27/18 — Thousand Oaks, CA @ Scherr Theatre