August 26, 2009

Bluegrass legends The Dillards to be inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall of Fame

Salem, Missouri group, who helped popularize the sound of bluegrass music with early appearances on The Andy Griffith Show, make music history…again


The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced that bluegrass legends The Dillards will be inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame on October 1, at its awards show at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The Hall of Fame itself is housed in the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky.

The Dillards - A driving force in modernizing and popularizing the sound of bluegrass

In the early 60's The Dillards, a talented bluegrass group consisting of brothers Rodney Dillard (guitar) and Douglas Dillard (banjo), as well as Mitch Jayne (standup Bass) and Dean Webb (mandolin), arrived in Los Angeles fresh from Salem, Missouri with nothing but a beat up car and their instruments on their backs. They soon began playing L.A. clubs like The Ash Grove. Fortunately, they were soon discovered by Jack Hoffman, founder of Winston Music Publishers, and Norman Malkin, a record producer and artist manager who also owned Lansdowne Music. The two men had become co-publishers and partners and, together, signed on the young bluegrass group to management. Within two weeks The Dillards landed an Elektra Records multi-album deal.

The Dillards then became regulars on the TV series The Andy Griffith Show, where they appeared as "The Darlins." They became a household name and were one of the first groups to bring authentic Ozark Mountain Music to American television audiences everywhere.

As genuine bluegrass royalty, The Dillards opened for Elton John's first tour of the U.S.. They've played with numerous leading lights in bluegrass and folk music, including Earl Scruggs, John Hartford, Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins, Bill Monroe, David Grisman, Pete Seeger and many other legendary performers.

They've appeared on The Merv Griffith Show, The Judy Garland Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show, Playboy After Dark, Shindig, Hullabaloo, The Smothers Brothers Show, and have enjoyed many successful European and Japan tours as well.

To their longtime fans delight The Dillards have performed at Mayberry Days in Mt. Airy North Carolina since its inception. Overseas they were feted at The Tonder Folk Music Festival in Denmark. They have been favorite performers at bluegrass festivals and shows all over the U.S., including an incredible sold out engagement at Carnegie Hall in 2002 on a bill with Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger . Their classic - and rare - recording's include Dillards 1959 -The Early Recordings, their debut concert from Washington State University in 1963 on Varese/Sarabande; The Dillards Live-A Long Time Ago on Varese; and a great double CD set, Anthology -The Dillards and Newport Folk Festival, on Vanguard Records.

Lansdowne Music and Winston Music Publishers (both ASCAP), based in Burbank, CA. collectively publish over 45 of The Dillards' greatest Bluegrass standards, including "There Is a Time" (recorded by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on Will the Circle Be Unbroken III) and "Dooley," recorded by The Kingston Trio, Porter Wagoner, Roy Clark, Phish, String Cheese Incident, Grandpa Jones and many more. In addition, Doug Dillard's solo song "Doug's Tune," has become a widely recorded bluegrass banjo standard, made famous by Alan Munde. Other great songs include "The Old Home Place," "Ebo Walker," "Never See Home Again," "Banjo in the Holler," "Nobody Knows" and many more.

After achieving star status on The Andy Griffith Show, the Dillards continued to enhance the appeal of bluegrass music around the world, especially as it was embraced by the West Coast rock and pop music scene. In 1968, Douglas Dillard was featured on The Live Byrds album and he toured with The Byrds. He then formed The Dillard Clark Expedition with Gene Clark Of (The Byrds). Doug's lightening banjo style can also be heard in the movies Vanishing Point, Bonnie & Clyde, Bunny O Hare and Bound For Glory. In 1991, the song "The Darlin Boys" (with Rodney Dillard, Mitch Jayne and Herb Pedersen) was nominated for a Grammy and Douglas Dillard's own solo album, Heartbreak Hotel (1989) earned a Grammy nod too.

Universally recognized as an American musical treasure, The Dillards have left a lasting mark in music history and, in particular, bluegrass music history. ASCAP congratulates The Dillards on their much-earned induction into the International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall of Fame.

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