Gene is the inventor of the String Bender, too, and there is much about him on the website.

Gene Parsons - guitarist, vocalist, banjo player, inventor, drummer, songwriter, arranger and innovative engineer - is probably best known for his work with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Gene’s time with both bands came during their groundbreaking country-rock periods and his own solo recordings further solidified his position as one of the genre’s pioneers.

Gene started as a teen and by the early 60s was playing bass and drums with the Castaways, teaming him with soon-to-be duo partner and lifelong friend Gib Gilbeau. Cajun Gib & Gene recorded for several small labels then, in 1968, signed on with Nashville West, featuring guitarist Clarence White, who joined them on the self-titled debut. Later that year, Gene and Clarence teamed up and joined the Byrds.

The pair debuted on
Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde and Gene stayed with the group until 1972. His vocals, compositions, arrangements and performances on multiple instruments appear on subsequent albums The Ballad of Easy Rider, (Untitled), Byrdmaniax and Farther Along.

Parsons has released several solo albums. His debut,
Kindling, released in 1973, featured appearances by several friends and recording stars, including White, Ralph Stanley, and Vassar Clements. That same year, Parsons reunited with Gilbeau and began his career as an in-demand studio musician, which continues to this day.

In 1974, Parsons took a break from his solo career to join the Flying Burrito Brothers. His vocals and instrumental performances appear on
Flying Again and Airborne.

Gene joined the Sierra label as an artist and A&R executive and in 1980 released the album
Melodies. His Gene Parsons Trio and Parsons Green, his duo with singer/guitarist Meridian Green, daughter of folksinger Bob Gibson, worked through the turn of the millennium, releasing Birds of a Feather in 1992 and followed that with a couple of live albums released on Gene’s own StringBender label.

He has recorded and/or performed with many artists, including The Rolling Stones, Randy Newman, Arlo Guthrie, Sheryl Crow, Elliott Murphy and The Everly Brothers, to name a few.

In the early 00s, on a break from touring with Van Morrison, David Hayes invited Gene to play a local benefit with him and some musical friends from the Mendocino music community. While practicing, a duo was born, though neither really knew it until 2006 when the pair began gigging together regularly.

They continue their partnership to this day, performing as a duo and also with The Mendocino Quartet, as well as an occasional special trio setting, such as 2016's Sonoma Folk and Bluegrass Festival with singer-songwriter Mike Beck.