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Desert Rose Band to perform at Franklin Theatre, Friday

Three-time ACM Guitarist of the Year, John Jorgenson, and Desert Rose Band mates will take the stage at the Franklin Theatre, Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.

Jorgenson, for one, is looking forward to returning to the area after moving back to his home state of California, following a dozen-year stint in the Nashville area. “It will be nice to see friends and come back to the area,” he said.

He remembers the Theatre in its pre-renovated state. “I’m looking forward to seeing what it looks like. I’ve heard it has amazing acoustics and I can’t wait to get on stage,” he said.

Desert Rose was born in 1985 when members Chris Hillman (formerly of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers), Herb Pederson and Jorgensen began performing country music. During the next several years, they were joined by Bill Bryson, Jay Dee Maness and Steve Duncan. But the band disbanded officially in early 1994.

Members have come together for short periods of time performing, but it wasn’t until a few years go that they just got together to “have fun,” said Jorgenson. “We are a band of original members. We are healthy. We have fun and we still like each other.”

Playing together today, “feels amazing,” he said. “Because back in the day there were several other pressures – to get songs on the radio, build a career, etc. – but now, we play because we want to and we enjoy it.”

The Desert Rose Band released five albums in their freshman outing and two compilation albums. During that time 16 of their singles were counted among the top 75 hits on Country charts.

Today, their music is “pure, has no tension, includes joyful elements. We’ve known each other for a long time. We care about each other as band mates and human beings. The negative elements are gone,” Jorgenson said.

He counts continuing to perform among his successes. “I’m healthy enough and have the opportunity to perform. People come hear us play.” He continues by saying that Desert Rose audiences are multi-generational as their original audience members have aged, they are now bringing their children to concerts.

The set list for the Franklin Theatre show is going to be “pretty loose” Jorgenson said. The band will take advantage of the intimate theatre’s small size and interact with the audience. They will play music from their early days, from the Flying Burrito Brothers and the audience will hear the influences of classic country and Buck Owens during the show.

Original band mates Jorgenson and Hillman will be joined by Peterson and Bryson for an acoustic show. “It’s a race occurrence. We don’t tour a lot,” Jorgenson said. “We don’t even play together that much. You’d better see it this time around. Don’t say you’ll catch us next time. That just may not happen.”

Tickets begin at $39 and a limited number of seats are still available. Call the box office at 615-538-2075 or visit 


Posted on: 11/7/2012


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