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Rodney Dillard

Rodney Dillard
By Bill Conger

“I was working on a song about being bored,” IBMA Hall Of Fame member Rodney Dillard says, settling in for a phone conversation from his Branson, Mo., home. “The older you get the more things you see repeated,” explains the 78-year-old musician. “You see the same things with a little change, but it’s basically the same thing, because that’s the human condition.”

Over a career that has spanned close to sixty years, the lone surviving member of the original Dillards band tries his best to be anything but bored. A two-time Grammy nominee, Dillard has earned his right to rock away in retirement, but that’s not a reality he wants. “I love it—all the many, many years I’ve spent on the road working.”

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