Like many of us, Chris Hillman was introduced to music by his older sister. Unlike most of us, his songs have been recorded by Beck, Emmylou Harris and Tom Petty. He's had songs on the pop charts and country charts and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as a recipient of awards from the Academy of Country Music. He began by playing in California folk and country bands. Finding himself in the Byrds, he would stick around and hold things together as personalities clashed, lineups faltered and friends succumbed to lifestyle excesses. This pattern would repeat in the Flying Burrito Brothers with Gram Parsons, and his steadiness endured. This trait allowed him to be a reliable and determined member in projects both famous and not-so-famous over the years, eventually returning him to roots in the Desert Rose Band. So, Chris Hillman is maybe the type of person a lot of us would like to be: a diverse writer and performer of many hits and part of many important cultural movements who can still walk down the street unnoticed. See him 9 p.m. Friday at the Sons of Hermann Hall, 3414 Elm St. Tickets are $20 to $25. Visit frontgatetickets.com.
Fri., March 9, 9 p.m.