The Dillards (#208)

The legendary Dillards bring their famous bluegrass sound to Jubilee.

In the fall of 1962, some young bluegrass musicians from the Missouri Ozarks made their way west to Los Angeles. It proved to be a good move.

Calling themselves the Dillards, they went on to record numerous albums, appear on television, garner Grammy nominations, and ultimately affect the burgeoning California country-rock scene, which produced such groups as the Eagles and Buffalo Springfield.

But the Dillards are best known as members of the Darling family on The Andy Griffith Show. The “Darlings,” led by actor Denver Pyle, became series regulars and performed many of the Dillards’ hits within the context of the show’s plots.

Throughout their wanderings, the Dillards have achieved unparalleled success for a bluegrass act. Their crossover potential has landed them on stage with Elton John, Bob Dylan, the Ventures, and Paul Revere and the Raiders, to name just a few. The Dillards also appeared often on television. In addition to their recurring role on The Andy Griffith Show, they have appeared on Shindig, The Judy Garland Show, Playboy After Dark, The Joey Bishop Show, and Where the Action Is.

The Dillards released a new album entitled Wheatstraw Suite in October 2002.