Byrds Co-Founders McGuinn And Hillman Perform Entirety of 'Sweetheart Of The Rodeo' in Honor of 50th Anniversary

Byrds Co-Founders McGuinn And Hillman Perform Entirety of 'Sweetheart Of The Rodeo' in Honor of 50th AnniversaryCelebrating the 50th anniversary of "Sweetheart of the Rodeo," Byrds co-founders Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman will perform the groundbreaking album in its entirety and tell stories that brought the album to life. The special tour will make limited stops, including one in Boston at the newly refurbished Emerson Colonial Theatre on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 7:30pm.

Along with cuts from "Sweetheart of the Rodeo," McGuinn and Hillman will also sing some other favorites from their long recording careers. The pair will be joined on stage for the tour by country legends Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives. Stuart himself plays the famous 1954 Fender Telecaster, originally owned by the legendary country-rock pioneer Clarence White, a performer on "Sweetheart of the Rodeo."

Tickets start at $49 and go on sale to the general public this Friday, July 13 at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 888.616.0272 or by visiting the box office at the Emerson Colonial Theatre at 106 Boylston Street in Boston. The box office is open weekdays at 12 noon, Saturdays at 10 a.m. and closed on Sundays. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to standard service fees.

"Sweetheart of the Rodeo" is widely considered to be one of the most influential country rock albums of all time and credited with giving rise to the genre. In 2003, the album was ranked #117 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums.

"On March 9, 1968, Roger McGuinn and I, along with many fantastic musicians, began recording the 'Sweetheart of the Rodeo' album at Columbia Studios in Nashville," says Chris Hillman. "It was truly a pivotal moment in our lives, taking a turn toward the music we always felt a strong kinship with. We are honored that it has left a strong, long-lasting impression on country and rock music."

Roger McGuinn adds: "We're all looking forward to taking the fans through the back pages of the recording. The concert will include songs that led up to that groundbreaking trip to Nashville and all the songs from the album."

About the influence the album had on him, Marty Stuart says, "The Byrd's 'Sweetheart of the Rodeo' recording stands as a milestone in American music. I bought my first copy of the record in 1972. Upon my first listen, I was mesmerized at the effect of the combined power country music, rock & roll, bluegrass, gospel and folk music had on me. From that day forward, I considered 'Sweetheart of the Rodeo' a blueprint as to how I should live my musical life. I have to believe this is a show not to be missed."

Sweetheart of the Rodeo - 50th Anniversary is produced by John Scher/Metropolitan Entertainment and Emerson Colonial Theatre.

In its storied history, Emerson Colonial Theatre has debuted such seminal Broadway shows as Anything Goes, Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma!, Born Yesterday, Annie Get Your Gun, Follies, A Little Night Music, Grand Hotel and La Cage aux Folles, among others. The building, which opened in 1900 with a production of Ben-Hur, is the oldest continuously operated theatre in Boston, as well as being amongst the most magnificent, having retained most of its original period details. A theatre for the community, Emerson Colonial Theatre will once again contribute to the rich cultural landscape of Boston with a new and varied program of Broadway shows, live music, comedy and events.

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