Country Rock

Craig Havighurst

Fiddle player Byron Berline has had a wide-ranging career, from Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys to the country rock movement to the recording studios of Los Angeles, where he played sessions for The Rolling Stones, The Eagles and Elton John. Since closing that chapter in the mid 1990s, Berline has owned and operated the Double Stop Fiddle Shop in Guthrie, OK, a fine instrument dealer, performance venue and community hub. In February, a fire tore through the 1901 building, destroying a lifetime’s collection of artifacts.

At the tail end of the tumultuous summer of 1968, The Byrds, flying high as America’s coolest psychedelic folk-rock band, released Sweetheart of the Rodeo, a radical and visionary homage to classic country music.