Roger McGuinn, Folk-Rock Musician, Founder of The Byrds
As Rolling Stone magazine put it, "Music would be a very, very different place if it hadn't been for Roger McGuinn," the co-founder, lead singer, and lead guitarist of the legendary Byrds. With his trademark 12-string Rickenbacker guitar, McGuinn pioneered folk-rock and country-rock, and influenced performers as diverse as the Eagles, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, and R.E.M.
Prior to forming the Byrds in 1964, Jim (later Roger) McGuinn had performed folk music with the Limeliters, the Chad Mitchell Trio, and Bobby Darin. After hearing the Beatles for the first time, he began playing folk songs to a rock beat in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village and later at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. There he met Gene Clark and David Crosby, whose unique concepts of harmony completed the underpinnings for one of the most influential bands of the '60s.
He brought the world's attention to songwriters Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger with hits Mr. Tambourine Man and Turn! Turn! Turn!, while writing the rock classics So You Want to Be A Rock 'n’ Roll Star and Ballad of Easy Rider. During the '70s he released five solo albums and several more with former Byrds alumni; in 1981 he went back to his folk roots and toured with an acoustic guitar; and in 1991 he returned to rock with the acclaimed album Back From Rio.
In 1995, McGuinn began the Folk Den Project – making new recordings of traditional folk songs and posting them to his web site. He continues to add a new song every month as a community service to preserve the songs. He has released several albums of Folk Den songs, along with the autobiographical one man show, "Live from Mars," and continues to tour the world, delighting audiences with concerts and lectures about the roots of rock – including the songs and stories from his long and continually productive musical career.
Roger McGuinn is scheduled to sail on the following voyage(s) (subject to change):