Saturday, August 25, 2007
11.14.06: Tribute to GRAM PARSONS
"Gram Parsons is the father of country-rock. With the International Submarine Band, the Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers, Parsons pioneered the concept of a rock band playing country music, and as a solo artist he moved even further into country music, blending the two genres to the point that they became indistinguishable from each other. While he was alive, Parsons was a cult figure that never sold many records, but influenced countless fellow musicians, from the Rollings Stones to the Byrds. In the years since his death, his stature has only grown, as numerous rock and country artists build on his small, but enormously influential, body of work." -Stephen Thomas Erlewine (www.allmusic.com) Tonight we'll be celebrating the music of Gram Parsons and his contemporaries and followers.