Roger McGuinn

Roger McGuinn, founding member of the legendary rock band the Byrds, taught America to tap its toes to Dylan. While his roots are in folk music, rock ’n’ roll is where he made his name, ultimately achieving the status of rock icon. But on his Jubilee performance, McGuinn proves that he has not forgotten his past and that he can still shine just as brightly as a solo acoustic/folk performer.

Roger was already a veteran of the New York and Los Angeles music scenes when he co-founded the Byrds in 1964. A Chicago native, he also had studied at the Old Town School of Folk Music. After disbanding the Byrds in 1973, he embarked on a solo career.

In 2001, McGuinn recorded a new CD of favorite songs from the Folk Den with Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Odetta, Jean Ritchie, Josh White Jr., and Frank and Mary Hamilton. Titled Treasures from the Folk Den, the recording was nominated for a Grammy in 2002 in the category of Best Traditional Folk Album.

This artist appears in Jubilee #318: Roger McGuinn.