Chris Hillman's musical journey has taken him from the Byrds to Tom Petty, and now to Western Colorado.

Chris Hillman is one of the original members of the Byrds, best known for the hits "Mr. Tamborine Man" and "Turn, Turn, Turn.' Beyond the Byrds was the Flying Burritos Brothers Band, and the Desert Rose Band and countless other musical experiences.

Perhaps the most significant of those experiences for Chris Hillman- post the 1960s Byrds- was working with Tom Petty just months before Petty's sudden and unexpected death in October of 2017. Petty produced what Hillman said would be his final album. however, Chris says Petty told him he wanted to do a couple of more albums with him. Unfortunately, that became impossible.

Chris Hillman, along with Herb Pederson will take the stage Thursday at the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park as part of the Colorado Riverfront Concert series. Tickets are $3 and available at City Markets.

I had a chance to visit with Chris Hillman recently and was fascinated as he talked about his new album, working with Tom Petty, and what he thinks about his years with the Byrds.