Full circle with the founding frontman of trendsetting country rockers the Dillards

Former Elektra Records artist Rodney Dillard leaves no stone unturned as he dissects the mid-’60s Los Angeles music scene, covering Bob Dylan, the Beatles’ innovative spirit, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band multi-instrumentalist John McEuen’s documentary, the day the Dillards suddenly walked out of a Capitol Records meeting after refusing to cut a horrible tune, the impact of the Internet and how listeners may someday receive music, and whatever happened to his former comrades in arms. In the accompanying still Dillard is really concentrating on an acoustic guitar lick at the annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival in Waycross, Georgia, on September 23, 2011. Photography by Jeremy Roberts

The Dillards was arguably the best bluegrass band of the ’60s. Featuring mandolin extraordinaire Dean Webb, emcee-doghouse bassist Mitch Jayne, banjoist Doug Dillard, and baby brother Rodney Dillard supplying lead vocals, guitar, and production expertise, the band confounded listeners when they stepped on Golden State soil in November 1962.