12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Collectively, Chris Hillman and Herb Petersen brought over 40 years’ worth of musical experience to the Desert Rose Band. Along with relative newcomer John Jorgenson, they scored a sustained run of country radio hits, most of which are gathered on A Dozen Roses. During their late-‘80s/early-‘90s prime, the DRB combined Hillman and Petersen’s seasoned skills as singers and multi-instrumentalists with Jorgenson’s prowess as a bold yet tasteful lead guitarist. The band’s material matched grown-up lyrical insights with a blend of Bakersfield honkytonk and bluegrass motifs. Tracks like “Love Reunited,” “Summer Wind” and “Story of Love” showcase the group’s sharply-tailored harmonies and sure feel for upbeat melodies. Hillman invokes his storied past with the Byrds and the Flying Burritos Brothers on folk-rocking numbers like “She Don’t Love Nobody.” Other tunes, most notably “Hello Trouble,” offer a tip of the hat to the hard country sounds of yesteryear. Throughout, DRB pedal steel player Jay Dee Maness adds sparkle with his dancing counterpoint lines.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Collectively, Chris Hillman and Herb Petersen brought over 40 years’ worth of musical experience to the Desert Rose Band. Along with relative newcomer John Jorgenson, they scored a sustained run of country radio hits, most of which are gathered on A Dozen Roses. During their late-‘80s/early-‘90s prime, the DRB combined Hillman and Petersen’s seasoned skills as singers and multi-instrumentalists with Jorgenson’s prowess as a bold yet tasteful lead guitarist. The band’s material matched grown-up lyrical insights with a blend of Bakersfield honkytonk and bluegrass motifs. Tracks like “Love Reunited,” “Summer Wind” and “Story of Love” showcase the group’s sharply-tailored harmonies and sure feel for upbeat melodies. Hillman invokes his storied past with the Byrds and the Flying Burritos Brothers on folk-rocking numbers like “She Don’t Love Nobody.” Other tunes, most notably “Hello Trouble,” offer a tip of the hat to the hard country sounds of yesteryear. Throughout, DRB pedal steel player Jay Dee Maness adds sparkle with his dancing counterpoint lines.

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