Brothers Rodney Dillard (18 May 1942, East St. Louis, Illinois, USA; guitar/vocals) and Doug Dillard (b. 6 March 1937, East St. Louis, Illinois, USA; banjo/vocals) formed this seminal bluegrass group in Salem, Missouri, USA. Roy Dean Webb (b. 28 March 1937, Independence, Missouri, USA; mandolin, vocals) and former radio announcer Mitch Jayne (b. 7 May 1930, Hammond, Indiana, USA; bass) completed the original line-up which, having enjoyed popularity throughout their home state, travelled to Los Angeles in 1962 where they secured a recording contract with the renowned Elektra Records label. Back Porch Bluegrass and Live! Almost! established the unit as one of Americas leading traditional acts, although purists denigrated the bands sometimes irreverent attitude. Pickin & Fiddlin, a collaboration with violinist Byron Berline, was recorded to placate such critics. The Dillards shared management with the Byrds and, whereas their distinctive...
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