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Interview: Bay Area musicians to pay tribute to Byrds' 'Sweetheart of the Rodeo'

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Mike Wolf, also known as Misisipi (cq) Mike Wolf, is heading up a indie musicians' tribute to the Byrds and their country-rock “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” album at 8 p.m. March 23 at the Make-Out Room in San Francisco,

Wolf says like most fans he heard the Byrds' great hits, but found there was more to them than that.

”I found the Byrds like most nowadays, through reading about their place in rock history and through 'Turn, Turn, Turn', 'Mr. Tambourine Man' and their other hits. But the an older friend of mine loaned me a copy of 'Younger Than Yesterday' and I discovered that this band was much deeper than the singles.”

“For this concert, I have organized a house band, which is basically my band for my normal shows, but we will feature a number of guest singers. Some of these folks will be just arriving from South By Southwest, dirty and tired but ready to go, I’m sure! The house band is myself ('Misisipi' Mike Wolf) on guitars, Kyle Caprista from the Jeff Campbell, Megan Slankard and Chuck Prophet bands, on drums, Mike Anderson (Victoria George and Kelly McFarling bands) on bass and Ian Taylor Sutton (The Heartbreak) on pedal steel guitar.

“Guest vocalists will include Tracey Holland (Vandella), Jeremi Rebecca (The Come Ups), Kyle O’Brien (The Earl Brothers), Stephen Grillos (Hang Jones) and a few surprises that I am keeping under wraps for now. Some folks have other big shows planned in the area and so I have to keep their names under embargo till closer to show time. In addition to playing the album in its released sequence, we are including some bonus tracks from the Byrds’ “country rock” period and from Gram Parson’s post Byrds’ period.”

Wolf says this will be one of a series of album tributes he'll be doing.

“This will be the third album of what I hope to be a continuing series of concerts, billed as 'King Biscuit’s Vinyl Revival,' that will pay tribute to the albums and artists that have influenced today’s 'indie music' talents. I have organized performances of the Small Faces’ 'Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake' and The Velvet Underground’s 'Loaded.' The 'Loaded' show proved such a success that we have repeated it and even taken it on the road. I predict the Byrds’ show will net the same results.”

He says future planned concerts in 2014 may include The Beatles “Help!” (UK version), The Kinks “The Village Green Preservation Society,” and The Buffalo Springfield’s “Again.”

(Note: The Byrds “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” show takes place at 8 p.m. March 23 at The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St., near Mission, in San Francisco. The show was moved from its original date on March 25.)

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