The late great Gram Parsons

Country music mixed with rock n’ roll seemed like a logical conclusion as the roots of the latter was intertwined with the weight of inspiration of the former. The Flying¬†Burrito¬†Brothers, led by two former Byrds viz. Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman, lit the touchpaper for the likes of The Eagles and Poco. Not only that, in-between his time with The Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, Parsons provided the Rolling Stones with much know-how for the legendary country-folk-blues classics that followed. In the late 80s/early 90s, Parsons (who passed away from a drug overdose in 1973, aged 27) become the godfather of a new movement which brought elements of punk and alternative rock to Parsons’ self-styled Cosmic American Music.

The Flying Burrito Brothers – Christine’s Tune (Devil in Disguise)

Uncle Tupelo – Moonshiner

Son Volt – Tear Stained Eye

Wilco – I Must Be High

The Jayhawks – Angelyne

Jason & the Scorchers – White Lies

REM – (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville

The Long Ryders – Looking for Lewis & Clark

Giant Sand – Glum

Green on Red – Keep on Moving

Beck – The Golden Age


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