Herb Pedersen is a singer and songwriter who has been active since the late 1970s. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 27th, 1946.
Herb Pedersen was born on September 3, 1953 in New York City. He is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who is best known for his work with the rock band The Doobie Brothers.
Herb Pedersen, a long-time fixture of the bluegrass scene, was born in Berkeley, California, on April 27, 1944. He was exposed to country music as a kid of a police officer at a number of Bay Area folk events, where he met other aspiring artists including Jerry Garcia (who went on to join the Grateful Dead) and David Nelson (later of the New Riders of the Purple Sage). Pedersen founded his first bluegrass band, the Pine Valley Boys, while he was in his mid-teens.
Pedersen started playing on Carl Tipton’s Bluegrass TV Show in Nashville in 1961. He joined the experienced bluegrass musicians Vern and Ray as a vocalist and five-string banjo player after a 1963 spell with David Grisman’s Smokey Grass Boys. Earl Scruggs heard about Pedersen’s work with the pair and asked him to stand in for him while he recovered from a hip surgery in 1967. In 1968’s Wheatstraw Suite and 1970’s Copperfields, he succeeded Doug Dillard in the Dillards.
Pedersen stayed in Los Angeles after leaving the Dillards and became a well-known session musician, working with artists like as Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, and John Prine. After spending the first part of the decade in the studio, Pedersen joined Jackson Browne’s tour in 1975 and released his debut solo album, Southwest, the following year. He joined John Denver’s band from 1977 until 1980, and maintained his considerable session and production work far into the following decade before releasing his third solo album, Lonesome Feeling, in 1984. He also dabbled in television score, writing music for shows like The Rockford Files, Kojak, The Dukes of Hazzard, and The A-Team, among others.
Pedersen had sometimes reconnected with his old buddy Chris Hillman, who had established a name for himself as a member of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, over the years. The two artists reunited in 1986 to create the Desert Rose Band, a very popular country-rock group that had a string of hit singles. Pedersen formed the Laurel Canyon Ramblers, a bluegrass band, a year after the trio dissolved in 1993, and released the album Rambler’s Blues in 1995. Blue Rambler 2, the group’s second album, was released in 1996, as was Bakersfield Bound, a Pederson-Hillman reunion.
- chris hillman