Examiner pop-culture series features Rodney Dillard

The Dillards pose above their names in an old abandoned bus, 1967 Credits: Photography by Henry Diltz / Corbis

Jeremy Roberts, pop-culture writer with the Examiner, has posted a series of articles based on an extensive interview with Rodney Dillard. I hope you all will check out if you have a few minutes. Very interesting reading including The Dillards 1972 album “Roots and Branches”, meeting Steve McQueen in Hollywood, The Andy Griffith show and much more. At the end of each article, there is a link to the next. Links are also posted on Rodney’s news page.


Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band in St. Louis Nov 6, 2011

The Sheldon Theater located at 3648 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, will present Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band in concert Saturday, November 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm.  Tickets are $20-$25 and can be purchased at TheSheldon.org or by calling 314.533.9900.

Rodney Dillard’s long and illustrious career has resulted in two GRAMMY® Nominations, induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, Missouri Hall of Fame, a well-known acting stint on The Andy Griffith Show, and worldwide acclaim for over 50 years of recording both traditional bluegrass and his own brand of DillardGrass.

Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band have two current albums on Rural Rhythm Records including “I Wish Life Was Like Mayberry” and their brand new release, “Don’t Wait for the Hearse to Take You to Church” featuring Beverly Dillard.  Rodney is saluted by many top musicians including John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band saying, “His music and voice reach into people’s lives in a way that makes him a part of theirs,” with Don Henley of THE EAGLES saying, “I think The Dillards are probably the finest vocal group in the world.  We were influenced by them.”

For more information on Rodney Dillard & The Dillard, please visit RodneyDillard.TV

Rodney Dillard to be inducted into the Missouri Music Assoc. Hall of Fame

Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce Rodney Dillard will be inducted into the Missouri Music Association’s new Hall of Fame when the organization honors its three premier inductees in the bluegrass genre:  The Dillards, John Hartford and Charlie Wolfe.  This new Hall of Fame will recognize Missouri talent from all genres of music and will collaborate with other music organizations within the state of Missouri, and elsewhere, to provide a central database of Missouri talent.  Initially, the Hall of Fame will include talent that has already been recognized by other Halls of Fame based on their individual music genre.  All three of these new inductees are currently members of the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame.

The Dillards, Rodney Dillard (guitar) and Douglas Dillard (banjo), grew up playing music with their family and friends including a teenaged John Hartford, in Missouri. They performed on a St. Louis radio station as The Dillard Brothers in 1958, recording for a local label. The Dillards played their first show at Washington University in St. Louis and hit the road for Los Angeles in 1962. A DesiLu Studios rep saw an ad in Variety magazine about Elektra signing The Dillards, and within days they were called in to audition for the role of The Darlins on The Andy Griffith Show. Their original songs have become bluegrass standards like “The Old Home Place,” “Dooley,” “Doug’s Tune,” “Banjo in the Holler” and “There is a Time.”  The Dillards incorporated stand-up comedy into their stage show, and their talents as entertainers brought bluegrass to new audiences in urban clubs from L.A. to New York City, on college campuses, in movie scores, at folk festivals and on tour with mainstream rock bands and comedians. The band’s unique flair for songwriting and arrangement affected a broad range of important future musicians in the bluegrass and pop music world alike, and they are credited with helping set the stage for the “country rock” movement and the burgeoning progressive sounds of bluegrass. The Dillards were inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2009.

Rodney Dillard now tours with “The Dillard Band” and the group is celebrating their Rural Rhythm album, I WISH LIFE WAS LIKE MAYBERRY.  The band is gearing up for their August 16th album, DON’T WAIT FOR THE HEARSE TO TAKE YOU TO CHURCH, featuring Beverly Dillard.  Rodney and Beverly Dillard also launched their new “Mayberry Values Ministry” and perform at churches and other organizations throughout the country inspiring families and individuals of all ages with their brand of humor, stories, testimonies and more.  For more information including upcoming tour dates, please visit www.RodneyDillard.TV.

For more information on the Missouri Music Association including memberships available to industry professionals and the general public, please call 615-419-3417 or visit www.missourihalloffame.info

Rodney Dillard Reflects on The Andy Griffith Show

Rodney Dillard appeared on KY3 TV in Springfield, Missouri this morning and reflected on his time performing on the Andy Griffith Show.  He also discussed his new album, “I WISH LIFE WAS LIKE MAYBERRY” by Rodney Dillard and the Dillard Band album now released on Rural Rhythm Records.

Check out the video here: