Founded by the guitar and banjo tandem of brothers Rodney and Doug Dillard in the early '60s, the Dillards were the most experimental bluegrass band of their era. Along with bassist Mitch Jayne and mandolinist Dean Webb, the original four were masterly traditional harmonizers and pickers who scored a contract with Elektra and had recurring role on "The Andy Griffith Show." Following Doug's mid-'60s departure, the remaining members recruited Herb Peterson, added drums and electric guitar, and recorded two early country-rock masterpieces. With double-tracked, pseudo-psych harmonies and the inclusion of pop/rock songs in their mostly traditional sets, the band influenced contemporaries such as the Byrds, while raising the ire of bluegrass purists in the process. The band continued to record into the '70s, but eventually settled into a pattern of reunion shows and low-profile releases.
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