McGuinn and Hillman will bring ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ tour to New Brunswick

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From left, Marty Stuart, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman will perform at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, Oct. 28.

Having just played a sold-out show at Town Hall in New York, and with another one scheduled for tonight, Byrds co-founders Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman have announced another one at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, Oct. 28. This is part of a tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Byrds’ landmark country-rock album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, and will be the tour’s only New Jersey stop, according to a press release.

McGuinn and Hillman, joined by Marty Stuart and Stuart’s band The Fabulous Superlatives, “will perform the groundbreaking album in its entirety and tell the stories that brought the album to life,” according to the press release.

Stuart said, in the press release: “The Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo recording stands as a milestone in American music. I bought my first copy of the record in 1972. Upon my first listen, I was mesmerized at the effect of the combined power country music, rock & roll, bluegrass, gospel and folk music had on me. From that day forward, I considered Sweetheart of the Rodeo a blueprint as to how I should live my musical life.”

Tickets, priced at $45-95, go on sale Sept. 26 at 10 a.m.. Visit

Here is the setlist from a recent tour stop, according to Sweetheart of the Rodeo songs are in bold.

“My Back Pages”
“A Satisfied Mind”
“Mr. Spaceman”
“Time Between”
“Old John Robertson”
“Wasn’t Born to Follow”
“Sing Me Back Home”
“Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man”
“Mr. Tambourine Man”
“Country Boy Rock & Roll”
“Time Don’t Wait”
“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”
“Pretty Boy Floyd”
“Hickory Wind”
“Life in Prison”
“One Hundred Years From Now”
“Nothing Was Delivered”
“Blue Canadian Rockies”
“The Christian Life”
“You’re Still on My Mind”
“You Don’t Miss Your Water”
“I Am a Pilgrim”
“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”

“So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star”
“American Girl”
“Runnin’ Down a Dream”
“Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)”

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