A fixture of the American folk rock and country rock scene, Roger McGuinn is best known for his time with the Byrds, for which he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the class of 1991. He is also well-known as a solo performer and a frequent collaborator with Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. His innovation with the electric guitar was influential to the development of folk rock of the '60s. His live performances are a throwback to that eponymous era of music.
Born to Rock and Roll
Growing up in Chicago, Roger McGuinn enrolled at the Old Town School of Folk Music where he practiced and honed his banjo and guitar skills. In the early stages of his career, he worked with Judy Collins, Bobby Darin, Simon and Garfunkel and other influential musicians. In 1964, McGuinn founded the Byrds with singer Gene Clark. The band rose quickly to fame with the No. 1 hit songs "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!" Although Clark would depart in 1967 to pursue a solo career, the band united around its core of Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke. McGuinn personally collaborated with Bob Dylan to create the theme song for the film Easy Rider. With friction appearing between the band members, The Byrds released a final self-titled album in 1973, which reunited Gene Clark with the rest of the band, before it disbanded shortly after. McGuinn released a self-titled solo album in 1973, followed by Peace on You in 1974, Roger McGuinn and Band in 1975, Cardiff Rose in 1976 and Thunderbyrd in 1977. McGuinn joined with Gene Clark and Chris Hillman in 1978 to form the band McGuinn, Clark and Hillman. This new band played a combination of new material as well as old Byrds hits. Eventually, McGuinn returned to his solo career with the 1991 release of Back from Rio. The single "King of the Hill" featured a duet with Tom Petty.
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Roger McGuinn plays a selection of songs from his career as a solo artist and as a member of the Byrds. He also performs covers of Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and traditional folk songs. This eclectic mixture of songs includes "My Back Pages," "They Hung Him on a Cross," "St. James Infirmary," "The Water Is Wide," "The Bells of Rhymney," "Wasn't Born to Follow," "Ballad of Easy Rider," "Rolling Down to Old Maui," "The Preacher and the Bear," "Living in the Country," "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)," "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better," "Chimes of Freedom," "Pretty Boy Floyd," "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," "Chestnut Mare," "Lover of the Bayou," "American Girl," "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," "King of the Hill," "Tambourine Man," "Eight Miles High," "May the Road Rise to Meet You" and "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star."
What can I expect from a Roger McGuinn concert?
McGuinn's concerts recapture the spirit and energy of the '60s and '70s folk rock with a very traditional, minimalistic performance. Roger McGuinn may perform solo, or he may be accompanied by other well-known acts such as Chris Hillman and Marty Stuart, along with a backup band.
How long is a Roger McGuinn concert?
A typical Roger McGuinn concert may last between 60 minutes to 120 minutes, depending on the event.