Nationally known song scribes John York and Patrick Brayer will appear in conjunction with the Smiley Library Americana Roots Series. The event will be held at The Contemporary Club (est. 1894) in Redlands California on May 24, 2023.

Concert starts at 6:30. Admission is free. The concert was lovingly produced by Iggy Henderson along with the historic Smiley Library. Sound reinforcement by Patrick Keegan.

Location: 173 S. Eureka St., Redlands CA

John York joined The Byrds in 1968 replacing founding member Chris Hillman as the group began to tour for their LP Sweetheart of the Rodeo upon the exodus of Gram Parsons.  Also joining that year was the legendary guitarist, Clarence White.  York would go on to make two historic LPs with the group, Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde, and Ballad of Easy Rider, both in 1969.  Despite being disillusioned by the ruthlessness of the business of music he continued to pen songs and produce a string of independent recordings from then and leading up to this day.  He later went on to work with such greats as Johnny Rivers, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Chris Darrow, and Kim Fowley.

Patrick Brayer’s songwriting and session work has put him on the map with such luminaries as, Alison Krauss, Alan Jackson, Ben Harper, John Doe, Larry Sparks, Michael Hedges, and Stuart Duncan, doing so in a way that has brought a new mythic light on The Inland Empire.

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Clarence White and John York 1969

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