Released: Jan 1984
Label: Sugar Hill Records
Hillman has always carried himself with a quiet professionalism (unlike all the unstable geniuses he has supported over the years). This comes out in his solo LPs, and 1982's Desert Rose is no exception. The album marks the beginning of Hillman's transformation into a fairly successful mainstream country star of the late '80s. Here, he trades the country-rock of the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band for honky-tonk revivalism and his original love: bluegrass.