Scottsville Squirrel Barkers, The


  • From San Diego, California.
  • Included Chris Hillman (who was still in high school), Larry Murray, Kenny Wertz, Ed Douglas and Gary Carr.
  • 1963, recorded a now-legendary album called Blue Grass Favorites (Crown).
  • Kenny Wertz (banjo) later played with the Country Gazette and the Flying Burrito Brothers. He still lives in San Diego and plays with a local band.
  • Wertz was replaced in the Squirrel Barkers by Bernie Leadon (later a member of the Eagles.)
  • Chris Hillman (mandolin) left this group to play with The Golden State Boys (AKA The Hillmen) and was a founding member of The Byrds and the Desert Rose Band. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Byrds.
  • Larry Murray (Dobro™) later formed the folk-rock group Hearts and Flowers.
  • Ed Douglas (bass) later managed the rock group The Stone Ponies (with Linda Ronstadt).
  • Gary Carr (guitar, lead vocals) later performed with Geoff Stelling’s Hard Times Bluegrass Band (late 1970’s). He died in 1985.