Funny. It seems almost like a couple of years ago I first saw the Dillards at the first Monterey Folk Festival back in May, 1963. Rodney and Doug Dillard, along with Mitch Jayne and Dean Webb, clad in fringed buckskin outfits, straight from the Ozarks, playing great shows with sparkling banjo solos from Douglas.
Well, here we are in the next millenium, and I thought all those guys were dead! But no, they’re back, having a great time on a reunion tour, allbeit without Mitch or Dean. They played the Songtree series last night, and it gave me a chance to catch up on old times with guys I hadn’t seen since the 70s. You can see Doug with his banjer and Rodney on the guitar (Rodney was always one of my very favorite rhythm players – really rock solid and great bass runs).
Peter Feldmann photo