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


Leave a Reply