'Sweetheart of the Rodeo' Anniversary Tour Coming to Akron Civic

An album that successfully bridged the country and rock music worlds, the Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo holds up as a classic release. To mark the 50th anniversary of their groundbreaking album, Byrds co-founders Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman have just announced a tour to commemorate the anniversary. Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives will join them.

They’ll perform the album in its entirety and tell the stories behind the songs. They'll also play some fan favorites from their respective careers.

“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 Hillman in a press release announcing the tour. ”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 concurs.

"Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Sweetheart of the Rodeo with a group of my favorite musicians is an honor. I can't wait to be on stage with Chris Hillman, Marty Stuart and those Fabulous Superlatives! 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 ground breaking trip to Nashville and all the songs from the album."

The tour comes to the Akron Civic Theatre on Oct. 3. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday. 

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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