Don Henley Cites The Dillards as Major Musical Influence

With today’s press buzzing about the new solo release, Cass County, by iconic Eagles member Don Henley, we are proud to see and hear Henley’s continued references to 1680 Artist Rodney Dillard and The Dillards in a string of recent featured print, television, and radio interviews!

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While noting his intention to explore his musical roots and inspiration with the new album’s works – which also features many other artists who were directly influenced by The Dillards: Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Dixie Chicks, et al – Henley continues to highly regard Rodney Dillard and The Dillards, citing the legendary bluegrass group as a major influence in his musical direction, and also that of his mothership band, The Eagles.

The Dillards did it first. That first album — the Dillards’ album called Wheatstraw Suite, which came out in 1968 — was as a very influential album in my life…I was a big fan of the Dillards. In fact, I drove through a snowstorm to hear them play in Fort Worth back in 1968. … I just thought it was the most interesting song and they were an interesting band.

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Bluegrass Legends, The Dillards, back in the Recording Studio!

Overwhelmingly recognized as the “father of modern bluegrass,” Rodney Dillard is currently putting the finishing touches on the album his worldwide fans have demanded for decades. Tentatively and simply titled The Dillards, the new release will feature the signature sound that Rodney Dillard is known for crafting.

Executive-produced by Ken Lingad for 1680Entertainment, the album will feature 12 brand-new tracks cut by The Dillards and a handpicked musical posse of the hottest talents. The music is best described as a “genre-defying combination of the signature ‘Dillards Sound’ and fresh explorations in Americana.” Loyal fans of the legendary group will have their appetites thoroughly satisfied by several bluegrass “burners,” while new listeners will fall in love with The Dillards’ diverse sonic palette.

The rest, as they say, is history – actually, Rodney Dillard and The Dilllards have already made history. Now they’re doing it…again.



The Dillards 2015 – Photo Credit: John Brown Photography

L-R: Tony Wray (5-string Banjo, 6-string Banjo/Guitar, Harmony Vocals)

George Giddens (Fiddle, Mandolin, Harmony Vocals)

Beverly Cotten-Dillard (Clawhammer Banjo, Lead and Harmony Vocals, Spoons)

Rodney Dillard (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Dobro)

Jeff Gilkinson (5-string Cello, Harmonica, Porchboard, Harmony Vocals)

Ken Lingad (Drums Set, Cajon, Hand and Foot Percussion, Harmony Vocals)

You Have to Whup a Man’s Ass Sometimes

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Thought we’d share this inspiring blog post from Ken Lingad and our sister company, 1680PR! Enjoy the read!

For hundreds of years there have been books, manuscripts – hell, even song lyrics – dealing with the subject matter of codes of conduct. A few years ago, one of my employees compared me to the fictional Special Agent Gibbs on TV’s NCIS crime drama. Already familiar with the character’s penchant for quoting from a set of rules and protocols that were handed down from his agent mentors, I began spouting out my own “rules” – mostly in professional scenarios – to my colleagues.

I must say that I’ve been blessed with some great mentors in my lifetime. Some were direct influencers, like my Grandfather – who was one of the most respected and influential icons in our American Indian tribe – and three people who’ve consistently remained in my life for over two decades: my dear friend, Ellen Smith, Calvary Chapel Pastor Ray Jaramillo and my Wing Chun teacher, Sifu Phil Romero. Others have had an indirect influence on me – strangers or the briefest of acquaintances who may have said a few words or committed actions that I gleaned something from at some point or another. Now, as I enter the next half of my life, I realize – more than ever – I shall ever be a work in progress, but I have distilled my essential core life lessons into a short list for my daughter, employees, and colleagues.

I humbly pass to you My Rules:

1. Intention –> Execution –> Result

2. Improve yourself while others are resting.

3. Be prepared for opportunity.

4. Servants make better leaders.

5. Know your limitations and eliminate them.

6. Larger than life is just the right size.

7. Remember the quiet one may be taking mental notes.

8. Although it really is best to walk away, you may have to whup a man’s ass sometime…so be able to.


Twitter “Better Practices” for Effective Social Media Engagement

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Ken Lingad shared a few of his top suggestions for what he calls “Better Practices” for twitter use during his lecture appearance at ASCAP in Nashville, and it seemed to be a welcome contribution on the Music Row business scene, so we thought we’d repost it is in its entirety for all the emerging artists, artist managers/promoters/marketing-types out there. (BE WARNED: some F-bombs are dropped):

1. Be mindful of length if you want to increase Retweet potential – try to think 115 characters.
2. Don’t automatically RT without qualifying where embedded (hotlink) links go, and more importantly what their content messaging is.
3. If you’re working in Public Relations, don’t embellish client facts – keep it factual and journalists will be more apt to listen.
4. We don’t auto-DM – EVER – neither should you.
5. Try to have something meaningful to contribute to the twitterverse consistently. the majority of your followers do so because they want to digest your social contributions – it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to keep them “fed.”
6. Don’t be afraid to unfollow – or even not to follow at all – someone who never engages you in a mutually positive and relevant manner. “We ain’t scared!”
EXAMPLE: A particular bonehead we’ve never heard of, nor engaged in conversation with in any form, had the balls to call us out for not automatically “following back” …and basically accused of us of being social snobs. My tactful reply – in the most complex display of Public Relations jargon: “Fuck off.”
7. Be authentic.
8. Be kind.
9. Don’t kiss ass.
10. ALWAYS USE A URL SHORTENER. This is in caps for a reason. I HATE when you leave it to me to figure out what is relevant and what I can convert to fucking short-hand text.
11. Proper grammar mechanics DO matter
12. Understand the proper use of #-tags, and more importantly, their potential. Don’t be ‘that guy” who thinks it is endearing in any way to string a bunch of fucking nonsense together and hashtag it. That being said, all of us can appreciate a well-played hashtag that was obviously born from something witty or particularly cool – unfortunately, that isn’t the case for some of you out there #whenyoufuckingoverdoit.

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