Canyon-rock quintet the Evergreen Blueshoes was shaped in 1967 by singer/bassist Neglect Battin and guitarist Al Rosenberg. Scouring regional bars for extra workers yielded guitarist Lanny Mathijsen and keyboardist Ken Kleist, and by adding drummer Chet McCracken, the lineup was comprehensive. The Evergreen Blueshoes shortly took up home at the LA membership the Topanga Corral, honing an audio that fused traditional nation and bluegrass using the expansive folk-rock from the Byrds. The group ultimately signed using the Argo label, recruiting ubiquitous songwriter and maker Kim Fowley to greatly help create and record their 1969 debut The Ballad of Evergreen Blueshoes; the recording received small notice, however, as well as the music group quickly dissolved. Battin later on resurfaced as an associate from the Byrds themselves, consequently joining the Soaring Burrito Brothers, while McCracken ultimately landed using the Doobie Brothers.