The Byrds

The Byrds were the first and most influential west coast group to combine different musical influences ranging from psychedelic rock and beat to folk and traditional country elements into a new hybrid form, soon to be labeled as country rock. Group members like Gram Parsons, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman always had a strong affiliation to country sounds, so they recorded the album that has been referred to as the beginning of country rock since then: "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" (1968). The strong country roots of this album are even more evident through the masterful playing of Lloyd Green and Jay Dee Maness.