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Byron Berline shares stories of notable music career in new book

Guthrie's Byron Berline has recorded with The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Elton John, The Doobie Brothers, Willie Nelson and Rod Stewart, among other top musicians.
BY DINO LALLI Published: July 14, 2013
/articleid/3861850/1/pictures/2157529">Photo - Long-time musician Byron Berline operates out of the Double Stop Fiddle Shop in Guthrie. PHOTO PROVIDED. <strong></strong>
Long-time musician Byron Berline operates out of the Double Stop Fiddle Shop in Guthrie. PHOTO PROVIDED.

It was Bill Monroe and The Dillards who presented incredible opportunities for Berline.

Berline admits he was in the right place at the right time but had the talent to keep it going. And Berline not only showed his ability, he excelled, and his musical career was off and running.

So many stories

Berline tells a funny story about when The Rolling Stones called and asked if he would record with them.

They flew him to California the day after the call, and Berline found himself in the studio with all the Stones and their producer. They needed Berline's musical talents on “Country Honk,” a country version of “Honky Tonk Women,” from their album called “Let It Bleed.”

They ended up asking Berline to record the song not in the studio, but on the sidewalk right off Sunset Boulevard. Berline said it was getting dark and damp. At one point, he was playing and his bow slipped and made a little sound he wasn't happy with at the time.

But that was the take everyone liked. Berline asked if they heard his bow slip. And they said it was fine. To this day, when Berline hears that song, he can still hear that bow slip.

It is that story and many more that you can read about in his new book. You'll also learn how Berline has appeared in movies and television series. For more information, go online to his website at

Dino Lalli is the producer, a reporter and co-host of the weekly TV travel show “AAA's Discover Oklahoma.”


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