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 form The Hillmen and later The Byrds and the Desert Rose Band. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of 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.