The Dillards were a successful bluegrass group, whose first found fame as recurring characters, the Darling Family, on The Andy Griffith Show. They recorded several albums for folk-friendly Elektra Records, before beginning to explore an electric version of their sound which retained its traditional roots.
The Dillards’ “progressive bluegrass” records weren’t huge hits, but they had a lasting influence on country-rock. Elton John took them along when he toured on Honky Chateau in 1972, and bands like the Byrds and the Eagles clearly took a cue from them.
Their second album after leaving Elektra also has some fans here in Minneapolis. Tribute to An American Duck has one of our all-time favorite album covers.