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Scottsville Squirrel Barkers

RIYL

Gram Parsons, Poco, the Desert Hill Band, Flying Burrito Brothers, the Eagles, Chris Hillman, Jack Tempchin, Hearts and Flowers

Inception

San Diego , 1961

Influences

Woody Guthrie, Flatt and Scruggs, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Chet Atkins, Roy Clark, the Stanley Brothers, Johnny Paycheck
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The Scottsville Squirrel Barkers were founded in the early 1960s by future Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer and Byrd/Flying Burrito Brother/Desert Rose Band front man Chris Hillman. The band also included guitarist Ed Douglass, who founded the original Blue Guitar shop on Midway Drive, which had an impact on the music world as the meeting place for noted songwriters and musicians, including Hoyt “Jeremiah was a bullfrog” Axton. Douglass later operated the Double Eagle guitar shop, through 2007.

The locally recorded Scottsville Squirrel Barker album from 1962 regularly sells in excess of $200 in mint condition. Alongside Douglass and founding Byrds member Chris Hillman, the bluegrass combo also included future members of the Eagles (Bernie Leadon), the Flying Burrito Brothers, and Hearts and Flowers.

Though the other Barkers went on to worldwide fame, Douglass doesn’t mind that he was the only member who didn’t sign with a major label. “My skills weren’t as good as the other guys in the band,” he deadpans. “But I was good at one thing. I could get us shows.” The Scottsville Squirrel Barkers reunited in 2003 for three local performances.

The band is heavily featured in Rick Bowman’s 2017 film Banjos, Bluegrass & Squirrel Barkers, chronicling the San Diego bluegrass scene from the 1960s through today, including chapters on Alison Brown, Ron Block, and Stuart Duncan.

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