Om The Byrds
The Byrds are one of rock 'n' roll's most underrated bands. There is so much more to The Byrds than the Folk Rock of "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is A Season)" -- they were the first group to blend the harmonies and backbeat of British Invasion with the warm, lyrical blood of folk music. The sustenance to their sugar was the evocative mash of Roger McGuinn's trademark, chiming 12-string Rickenbacker, soaring, three-part, gossamer vocal harmonies, and innovative pairing of analog synthesizers with country music's elastic tonal twang provided by the Telecaster B-bender (a string-stretching device invented by the late, great Clarence White and Gene Parsons to approximate a pedal steel's fluid cry). The Byrds effortlessly flew like a feathered Lear jet through Dylan-esque musings, inner galactic Psychedelia, and Cosmic American Music soundscapes that helped bring country music to a wider audience.