Singer, songwriter, bassist, mandolin/guitar player. Chris Hillman has worn many hats in his long musical career as a solo artist and as a member of the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas and the Desert Rose Band. Now, Hillman is telling the story of those years in his upcoming autobiography, Time Between: My Life As A Byrd, Burrito Brother, And Beyond (out November 17 on BMG Books). “As far as the book goes, I tried to write it like I was having a conversation,” says Hillman. “Concise and honest.”
The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers co-founder Chris Hillman will publish Time Between: My Life as a Byrd, Burrito Brother and Beyond, on Nov. 17 via BMG Books. According to an announcement, in the book, “Hillman takes readers behind the curtain of his quintessentially Southern Californian experience.”
If you’ve ever had the opportunity to speak with Hillman, you’ll have noticed he is a humble man, with a soft-spoken sense of humor, a passion for what he does musically, a great love for his family and a knack for telling stories from his life and career. He does the latter with such ease during a live performance that it’s a much looked-forward-to part of the show. He does not ramble, he does not gloat, he certainly doesn’t criticize another musician. What he does is share little snippets – about a song’s creation here, about working with a particular musician there – and then quickly kicks into the next song. It’s his music that tells his stories best. He just adds a little marmalade to top it off.