Personalities | The Dillards | Country Rock & The Outlaws | Country
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1962–80)
Doug Dillard (banjo, b. 1937) and Rodney Dillard (vocals, guitar, b. 1942) grew up in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains but ended up in California where they portrayed Mayberry’s local bluegrass band on television’s Andy Griffith Show. The Dillards, featuring mandolinist Dean Webb and electric bassist Mitch Jayne, soon mixed their bluegrass with Bob Dylan songs and a drummer, paving the way for the California country-rock revolution. Doug left the group in 1967, forming the Dillard And Clark duo with ex-Byrd Gene Clark, and then pursuing a solo career. Rodney kept the Dillards going, mixing art-rock and country-rock in the ornate arrangements of 1968’s Wheatstraw Suite album and 1971’s Copperfields.
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