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Return Of The Grievous Angel: A Tribute To Gram Parsons
Conmemorativo: A Tribute to Gram Parsons
Hickory Wind: Live at the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull Waycross GA
Coal Porters - Gram Parsons Tribute Concert
Return to Sin City - A Tribute to Gram Parsons - DVD
Influences | Collaborators, etc
Gram Parsons DVD's
Gram Parsons Books

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Merle Haggard
Clarence White 

Gram Parsons - Reviews and recommendations - Discography Flying Burrito Brothers - The Byrds
Return Of The Grievous Angel: A Tribute To Gram Parsons Audio CD
Track Listing

1. She (Pretenders & Emmylou Harris)
2. Ooh Las Vegas (Cowboy Junkies)
3. Sin City (Beck & Emmylou Harris)
4. $1,000 Wedding (Evan Dando & Julianna Hatfield)
5. Hot Burrito #1 (The Mavericks)
6. High Fashion Queen (Chris Hillman & Steve Earle)
7. Juanita (Sheryl Crow & Emmylou Harris)
8. Sleepless Nights (Elvis Costello)
9. Return Of The Grievous Angel (Lucinda Williams & David Crosby)
10. One Hundred Years From Now (Wilco)
11. A Song For You (Whiskeytown)
12. Hickory Wind (Gillian Welch)
13. In My Hour Of Darkness (The Rolling Creekdippers)

Release Date: July 13, 1999
Label: Almo Sounds
The gentle hand of Emmylou Harris guides this tribute to ill-fated country-rock avatar Gram Parsons, which goes a long way toward explaining why this star-studded salute avoids the pitfalls that befall many such projects. Harris got her start harmonizing with the patron saint of alt country, contributing mightily to Parson's two early 1970s solo albums and reviving selections from his small, but indispensable, oeuvre throughout her career. She has a vested interest in finding a true connection between her former benefactor and this cast of Parsons partisans. Here she bands together a flock of followers who range from obvious offspring (Wilco, Gillian Welch, Whiskeytown) to not-so-evident disciples (Beck, the Pretenders, Sheryl Crow). Parsons's partner in the Flying Burrito Brothers, Chris Hillman, teams with Steve Earle on "High Fashion Queen," and David Crosby (like Parsons and Hillman, an ex-Byrd) joins Lucinda Williams on "Return of the Grievous Angel." Harris harmonizes with Beck on "Sin City" and shares the mic with Crow on "Juanita," one of the collection's highlights. Ultimately, Harris has assembled a homage that would've pleased her old mentor. --Steven Stolder 
Gram Parsons - Reviews and recommendations - Discography Flying Burrito Brothers - The Byrds
Conmemorativo: A Tribute to Gram Parsons Audio CD
Release date - August 17, 1993
Label - Rhino

Track Listings
1. Christine's tune (Steve Wynn) 
2. Cody, Cody (Musical Kings) 
3. The new soft shoe (Polly Parsons & Eden) 
4. November nights (Coal Porters) 
5. Sin city (Clive Gregson & Boo Hewerdine)
6. Brass buttons (Something Happens) 
7. Big mouth blues (the Wellsprings of Hope)
8. Hot burrito #2 (Pet Clarke) 
9. Blue eyes (Uncle Tupelo) 
10. One hundred years from now (Stephen McCarthy) 
11. Do you know how it feels to be lonesome? (Carla Olson) 
12. A song for you (Peter Holsapple & Susan Cowsill with the Walkin' Tacos) 
13. Still feeling blue (Finger)
14. Hickory wind (Bob Mould & Vic Chesnutt) 
15. Return of the grievous angel (Joey Burns & Victoria Williams) 
16. Juanita (Flor de Mal) 
17. $1000 wedding (the Mekons)
Gram Parsons - Reviews and recommendations - Discography Flying Burrito Brothers - The Byrds
Hickory Wind: Live at the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull Waycross GA Audio CD MP3
Charlie Louvin of the Louvin Brothers
Featuring Ben Hall on guitar.

  1. Long Journey Home
  2. Must You Throw Dirt In My Face
  3. The Kind Of Man I Am
  4. Hickory Wind
  5. If You Love Me, Stay Away
  6. Wreck On The Highway
  7. The Christian Life
  8. I Still Miss Someone
  9. Think I'll Go Somewhere And Cry Myself To Sleep
10. Workin' Man Blues
11. Let Her Go, God Bless Her
12. Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends
13. I Don't Love You Anymore
14. Cash On The Barrelhead
The Annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull festival

Product Description
On February 22, 1956, The Louvin Brothers warmed up for Elvis Presley at City Auditorium in Waycross, GA. On hand was a nine year old boy named Gram Parsons. It would leave an indelible mark on the future legend, who went on to popularize several Louvin Brothers songs for the ages. On September 19, 2009, Charlie returned to Waycross to pay tribute to the granddaddy of "Alt Country"/"Americana", singing "Hickory Wind" for the first time ever, as well as Louvin Brothers songs Gram either recorded or must have heard in his early years. If Gram is the granddaddy, Charlie is the great-granddaddy ; a Country Music Hall of Famer, and a legend in the truest sense of the word. 
Gram Parsons - Reviews and recommendations - Discography Flying Burrito Brothers - The Byrds
Coal Porters
Gram Parsons Tribute Concert
Audio CD
Release date - 1999, Recorded 1998

Track Listings
1. Luxury Liner 
2. Hickory Wind 
3. One Hundred Years from Now 
4. Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man 
5. (Sweet) Mental Revenge 
6. Sin City 
7. (Return of the) Grievous Angel 
8. Wheels 
9. In My Hour of Darkness 
10. Older Guys 
11. Hot Burrito #2 
12. Six Days on the Road
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Gram Parsons on DVD
Gram Parsons - Reviews and recommendations - Discography Flying Burrito Brothers - The Byrds
Return to Sin City - A Tribute to Gram Parsons Audio CD

DVD - Recorded in Los Angeles, this 106-minute, 21-song concert features Keith Richards, Norah Jones  Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam, Steve Earle, John Doe, etc.  performing tunes Parsons wrote and/or recorded before his career was cut short by a drug and alcohol overdose. 

Staying true to her father's vision of diversity in music, his daughter Polly 
organized Return to Sin City: A Tribute to Gram Parsons. She recruited both close friends and ardent fans of her father and his music as well as contemporary artists inspired by his work and vision.  

From Sierra Records:
2004 Concert Tribute to Gram Parsons featuring Norah Jones, Keith Richards, Steve Earle, Jim Lauderdale and others. The only performers besides Richards to appear on the concert who actually performed with Gram were Al Perkins and James Burton as guest musicians.

Studio: Image Entertainment

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Return to Sin City: A Tribute to Gram Parsons celebrates an artist who made his greater mark in the years following his death and has become a contemporary music icon. The late, great Gram Parsons refused to let anyone call his music "country rock." With the soul of a true cowboy, he just couldn't be fenced in. His vision was much more grandiose than the words "country rock" would allow. The cosmic American music of Gram Parsons celebrated diversity. Sure, the broken hearted sentiment of country music was firmly rooted in his musical upbringing. But so was the burning urgency of soul music's dramatic melodies as well as the sweet, uplifting, revelatory harmonies of gospel choirs and of course the hip shaking, hand clapping strut and boogie of rock and roll music. Thirty years after his untimely death in Joshua Tree, CA., musicians and music lovers still name check Gram Parsons with the utmost awe and respect. He saw beyond labels and boundaries in music and in life. In his time he influenced the music of his prot#g# Emmylou Harris, as well as his friends the Rolling Stones and the Byrds. He was the first longhair country boy-just ask any of the outlaws from Willie Nelson to Kris Kristofferson-someone who could bring country music to the closed minds of those who previously dismissed it as "hillbilly" or "hick" while turning on many a good ol' boy to the sounds of sweet soul music. Staying true to her father's vision of diversity in music, his daughter Polly organized Return to Sin City: A Tribute to Gram Parsons. She recruited both close friends and ardent fans of her father and his music as well as contemporary artists inspired by his work and vision. "He changed the face of country music without anybody ever knowing it. After he died, there was this whole different aspect of country music which pervades to this day." -Keith Richards, According to the Rolling Stones.

Los Angeles Times
Still dreaming - Norah Jones, Keith Richards and a host of other musicians gather for an enchanting salute to Gram Parsons' legacy. - Los Angeles Times 7/12/2004

Monday July 12, 2004
Still dreaming 
Norah Jones, Keith Richards and a host of other musicians gather for an enchanting salute to Gram Parsons' legacy. 
by Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer 
Santa Barbara -- Whenever posthumous awards are given at all-star gatherings, someone invariably mentions how surprised the artist would have been that people still felt so strongly about their music after all these years. 

But it's hard to picture anyone saying that about the late Gram Parsons. Even when playing around town to half-empty houses in the late '60s, this visionary singer-songwriter was convinced he was making music for the ages. 

And, sure enough, more than three decades after his drug-related death at age 26, Parsons' radical mix of country music innocence and rock 'n' roll rebellion still radiates with honesty and heart. 

Despite the personal demons that destroyed him, there was an angelic quality about Parsons' voice that was as seductive as his smile as he sang about dreams -- glorious dreams, lost dreams, shattered dreams -- with such wistful yearning and lonesome anxiety that he seemed at times like F. Scott Fitzgerald with a guitar. 

At a warm, enchanting concert Friday at the Santa Barbara Bowl to salute Parsons' legacy (and repeated the next night at Universal Amphitheatre), nothing reflected the range of his music so much as tender performances by artists whose images place them at opposite ends of the pop spectrum: Norah Jones and Keith Richards. 

Jones, whose taste and restraint have made her one of pop's most welcome arrivals, sang three ballads, ending with "She," a haunting 1971 tune that is about both Parsons' Southern heritage and the cleansing power of music. 

As Jones sang with the eloquence and grace that Parsons and co-writer Chris Ethridge put into the song, James Burton, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist who played on many Parsons recordings, added touches that were equally sensitive and alluring. 

In fact, the evening's band, which also included Parsons studio sidekick Al Perkins on steel guitar, played throughout with dedication and style that sometimes spoke to the heart of Parsons' musical spirit better than the singers they were backing. 

Jones was a hard act to follow, especially for someone like the Rolling Stone co-founder, who may be one of the most beloved guitarists in rock but whose scratchy voice has severe limitations. 

Yet Richards, playing acoustic guitar, earned a standing ovation as he teamed with Jones vocally to convey the ache of "Love Hurts," a Boudleaux Bryant tune that Parsons recorded. 

Parsons and Richards were great friends back in the days when Parsons was virtually unknown and Richards was already a rock legend. 

Richards was enamored of the country music that Parsons played for him -- and that influence contributed to the country side of the Stones, including such numbers as "Wild Horses." 

Because he probably knew Parsons better than anyone else on the bill, Richards seemed to feel an obligation to say a few words about his late friend. 

But the guitarist fidgeted nervously, before finally turning to a joke. 

"If the good die young, where does that leave me?" he asked, laughing. 

Finally, Richards realized the best way to express his affection was to simply sing another song. 

"This is the first song Gram played for me," he said, before launching into "Hickory Wind," which speaks so beautifully about a restless soul longing for the comfort of childhood roots. 

The moment was all the more evocative because a giant photo of a young Parsons and Richards was shown on a screen behind him as he sang the Parsons-Bob Buchanan song. 

It's a hard way to find out
That trouble is real
In a far away city, with a far away feel
But it makes me feel better
Each time it begins
Callin' me home, hickory wind.

There wasn't much to say after that, and the remaining numbers -- including an ensemble version of "Wild Horses" -- felt a bit anticlimactic. 

Earlier, however, several moments were as soulful and sweet as Parsons' own recordings. 

Several of the musicians even wore the rhinestone cowboy suits that Parsons used to add to the culture shock of his shows. 

In the '60s and early '70s, the suits symbolized everything young rock fans found corny about country music. To unnerve the conservative country fans, Parsons had the outlines of marijuana plants woven into the suit's designs. 

In the opening half of the program, alt-country veteran Jay Farrar captured the radical side of Parsons with a wonderfully rowdy rendition of "Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man," a zesty story of cultural stereotypes that Parsons wrote with Roger McGuinn during his brief stay with the Byrds before forming the Flying Burrito Brothers with Chris Hillman. 

The Mavericks' Raul Malo, who is blessed with one of the most dramatic voices in pop, nailed the barroom melancholy of "Close Up the Honky Tonks." 

In the second half, Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams delivered stirring sets. 

Earle showcased the biting, anti-draft commentary of "My Uncle," while Williams turned to two heartache ballads as dark and affecting as the ones she writes. 

Not everything, however, worked. 

The low point was Dwight Yoakam's attempt to transform one of Parsons' signature tunes, "Sin City," into even more of an apocalyptic statement. 

Written with Hillman, the song summarizes the struggle between innocence and temptation that ran through Parsons' music, a number that seems in many ways a forerunner of the Eagles' "Hotel California." 

In turning the poignant number into a demolition derby, Yoakam shattered the soulful nuances of the song, making it at times almost unrecognizable. 

The cast, which also included John Doe, Jim Lauderdale, Kathleen Edwards and Jim James, seemed even more energized Saturday, but the high and low points remained the same. 

The event, whose organizers included Parsons' daughter, Polly, was designed to both celebrate his memory and raise funds for the Musicians' Assistance Program. 

Over the two nights, various performers mentioned how much they had been influenced musically by Parsons, but Earle pointed out backstage how Parsons' attempt to meld country and rock cultures was inspiring on an even wider level. 

"He made me feel not so weird, that it was OK to have long hair and wear cowboy boots, to listen to country music and rock 'n' roll," he said. 

"I mean those weren't just separate types of music, but the people who liked them were in separate camps back then. Gram saw the humanity in both and brought us a lot closer together." 

(c) 2004 Los Angeles Times 

Gram Parsons - Reviews and recommendations - Discography Flying Burrito Brothers - The Byrds
Gram Parsons - Fallen Angel (2006) DVD

Amazon Product Description
This definitive biography chronicles a Southern Gothic saga and is a fascinating look at "the Grievous Angel" and the heartbreakingly beautiful music he created. Dispelling myths that have grown to surround Gram, Fallen Angel shows us the essence of his artistry; it is a truly revealing account of his life and ongoing influence. Fallen Angel features music from Gram Parsons’ groundbreaking career with The International Submarine Band, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, as well as his highly acclaimed solo albums. Featured interviews include Peter Buck, James Burton, Emmylou Harris, Chris Hillman, Phil Kaufman, Bernie Leadon, Avis Bartkus Parsons III, Gretchen Parsons Carpenter, Diane Parsons, Polly Parsons, Keith Richards, Dwight Yoakam, and more. 

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Gram Parsons Books
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Twenty Thousand Roads: 
The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music 
by David Meyer

Product Description
Gram Parsons lived fast, died young, and left a beautiful corpse--a corpse his friends stole, took to Joshua Tree National Monument, and set afire in its coffin. The theft and burning of his body marked the end of Gram Parsons' life and the beginning of the Gram Parsons legend.

As a singer and songwriter, Gram Parsons stood at the nexus of countless musical crossroads, and he sold his soul to the devil at every one. Parsons hung out with glamorous women and the coolest friends. His intimates and collaborators on his journey included Keith Richards, William Burroughs, Marianne Faithfull, Peter Fonda, Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, and Emmylou Harris. Parsons had everything--looks, charisma, money, style, the best drugs, the most heartbreaking voice--and threw it all away with both hands. His ballad is one of gigantic talent colliding with epic self-destruction.

Parsons led the Byrds to create the seminal country rock masterpiece Sweetheart of the Rodeo. He formed the Flying Burrito Brothers, helped to guide the Rolling Stones beyond the blues in their appreciation of American roots music, and found his musical soul mate in Emmylou Harris. Parsons' solo albums, GP and Grievous Angel, are now recognized as visionary masterpieces of the transcendental jambalaya of rock, soul, country, gospel, and blues Parsons named "Cosmic American Music." Four months before Grievous Angel was released, Parsons died of a drug and alcohol overdose at age twenty-six.

In this beautifully written, raucous, meticulously researched biography, David N. Meyer gives Parsons' mythic life its due. From Parsons' privileged Southern Gothic upbringing to his early career in Greenwich Village's folk music scene to his Sunset Strip glory days, Twenty Thousand Roads paints an unprecedented portrait of the man who linked country to rock. Parsons' creative genius gave birth to a new sound that was rooted in the past but heralded the future.

From interviews with hundreds of the famous and obscure who knew and worked closely with Parsons--many who have never spoken publicly about him before--Meyer conjures a dazzling panorama of the artist and his era. Shedding new light and dispelling old myths, Twenty Thousand Roads is a breakthrough in rock-and-roll biography and more--a chronicle of creativity, drugs, excess, culture, and music in the ferment of late-1960s America. 

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Gram Parsons is remembered as much for wearing sequined cowboy suits on stage and for being illegally cremated in the desert by one of his friends after dying of a drug overdose as he is for the half-dozen albums he played on in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including the Byrds' classic Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Meyer (A Girl and a Gun) covers both aspects of the legend, but he gives particular attention to the way Parsons brought together elements of country and rock music to forge a new sound. After a leisurely telling of Parsons's rich white trash family drama in Florida and Georgia, including his father's suicide and the barely contained contempt of his mother's family, the biography plunges into his musical career, careening from one band to the next just as Parsons himself did. Meyer is appreciative but never adulatory of Parsons, who he believes threw his talent away; while citing the influence of the Flying Burrito Brothers' debut album, for example, he repeatedly mentions the band's unbelievably sloppy sound. This isn't the first biography of Parsons, but Meyer's semidetached stance as a critical fan makes it a valuable one, in the vein of Peter Guralnick or Greil Marcus. (Oct. 30) 
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. 
Gram Parsons - Reviews and recommendations - Discography Flying Burrito Brothers - The Byrds
Hickory Wind: The Life and Times of Gram Parsons by Ben Fong-Torres Paperback

From Publishers Weekly
This entertaining biography examines the eventful life of singer/guitarist Gram Parsons, who collaborated with the Byrds on the album Sweetheart of the Rodeo , founded the Flying Burrito Brothers with Chris Hillman and worked with country singer Emmylou Harris. Although Parsons achieved only minimal stardom prior to his 1973 drug-related death at age 26, his fusion of country and rock influenced such bands as the Eagles and the Grateful Dead. Fong-Torres ( The Motown Album ) describes the free-spirited, flamboyant musician's privileged but troubled Southern background and interviews individuals including the Byrds' Roger McGuinn, the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards and loyal road manager Phil Kaufman, who, according to Parsons's wishes, attempted--unsuccessfully--to cremate Parsons's body in Joshua Tree National Monument, a park in California. Fong-Torres drops music-biz names and reports on the colorful 1960s and '70s fast lane with finesse; Parsons's profound, continuing impact is felt in admiring testimonies from friends and fans. Photos not seen by PW. 
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. 

From Library Journal
Parsons must receive the lion's share of the credit (or blame) for defining California "country rock." Before his early death in 1973, he recorded with the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and as a solo. Although he was not appreciated during his lifetime, his work is now seen as influential. As important as he may have been as an artist, Parsons personally was little more interesting than most other late-1960s burnouts, and his life proves thin stuff for a book-length biography. Fong-Torres, a respected rock music journalist and Rolling Stone alumnus, does his best to fashion a sensational narrative out of Parsons's 27 years, but falls short. His efforts to depict Parsons's early life in the South as a Tennessee Williams-style family drama, for example, is forced at best. Fans will love this book, but it holds little appeal for others. For larger music collections.
- James Stephenson, Soc. of the Cincinnati Lib., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. 
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Hot Burritos: The True Story of The Flying Burrito Brothers by John Einarson Paperback

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Widely regarded as the original country-rock band, The Flying Burrito Brothers were determined to pull rock music back from the psychedelic abyss and return it to its pure and simple roots. To say that they succeeded would be an understatement. In a brief four-year span, the original troupe became one of the most influential rock groups of all time, reaching everyone from the Eagles and Jackson Browne to Uncle Tupelo and Alan Jackson. Hot Burritos is the colorful, hard-hitting, insightful, and deeply personal account of this maverick band, as told by founder Chris Hillman and other group members and associates. It shatters common myths about the group, taking readers for the first time inside the Parsons-Hillman partnership, their notoriously extravagant 1969 train trip tour, the doomed Altamont Festival, the Rolling Stones' inner circle, the discovery of Emmylou Harris, Parsons’ overindulgence and ultimate dismissal, and the legacy the group, and the enigmatic Parsons, left behind.

About the Author
John Einarson is the author of 12 books including the critically-acclaimed Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life and Legacy of The Byrds' Gene Clark (Backbeat Books, 2005), voted among the 20 best books of 2005 by Uncut and Record Collector. Musician and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chris Hillman is a founding member of folk-rock pioneers The Byrds, country-rock rebels The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, Souther, Hillman and Furay, and the Desert Rose Band. He is a widely respected musical innovator and is regarded as one of the founding fathers of country rock. 
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Gram Parsons influences, collaborators, and those he influenced

Emmylou Harris
The Rolling Stones 
Elvis Costello

The items below link to a separate section of our website
Merle Haggard
Clarence White 

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Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris took both the tradition of Gram Parsons solo material as well as the primary band personnel for her early records. She named the band, The Hot Band. Guitarist Albert Lee joined them for Luxury Liner. The three albums below are all excellent.

Emmylou and the Hot Band toured in 1975. From Wolfgang's vault, the personnel was 
Emmylou Harris - guitar, vocals
James Burton - guitar
Rodney Crowell - guitar
Glenn T. Hardin - piano
Hank DeVito - pedal steel
Emory Gordy - bass
John Ware - drums
Nicolette Larson - vocals
Fayssoux Starling - vocals

Pieces of the Sky Elite Hotel Luxury Liner
1. Bluebird Wine 
2. Too Far Gone 
3. If I Could Only Win Your Love 
4. Boulder To Birmingham 
5. Before Believing 
6. Bottle Let Me Down 
7. Sleepless Nights 
8. Coat Of Many Colors 
9. For No One 
10. Queen Of The Silver Dollar 
11. Hank And Lefty 
12. California Cotton Fields 
1. Amarillo 
2. Together Again 
3. Feelin' Single - Seein' Double 
4. Sin City 
5. One Of These Days 
6. Till I Gain Control Again 
7. Here, There And Everywhere 
8. Ooh Las Vegas 
9. Sweet Dreams 
10. Jambalaya 
11. Satan's Crown Jewel 
12. Wheels 
13. You're Running Wild 
14. Cajun Born 
1. Luxury Liner 
2. Pancho & Lefty 
3. Making Believe 
4. You're Supposed To Be Feeling Good 
5. I'll Be Your San Antone Rose 
6. C'est La Vie 
7. When I Stop Dreaming 
8. Hello Stranger 
9. She 
10. Tulsa Queen 
11. Me And Willie 
12. Night Flyer 
Press Release
Five Classic Emmylou Harris CDs Reissued February 24
December 15 2003

LOS ANGELES -- With a voice sweeter than honey and an unerring ear for talented songwriters, musicians, and collaborators, Emmylou Harris has earned a place in the pantheon of music greats. On February 24 Rhino/Reprise reissues five of Emmylou's classic 1970s albums with two previously unreleased bonus tracks each. 

Beginning with her collaborations with Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris was one to watch, and her first LP, PIECES OF THE SKY, introduced the world to an astounding solo artist. This started a string of some of the finest country albums ever, as Emmylou released one classic after another throughout the '70s. With these five albums (PIECES OF THE SKY, ELITE HOTEL, LUXURY LINER, QUARTER MOON IN A TEN CENT TOWN, and BLUE KENTUCKY GIRL), Rhino/Reprise upgrades the whole of Emmylou's 1970s catalog (with the exception of Light Of The Stable, her Christmas album). 

PIECES OF THE SKY (1975) includes one of Emmylou's first songwriting credits on the stunning "Boulder To Birmingham," as well as her versions of The Beatles' "For No One," and songs by Rodney Crowell, Merle Haggard, the Louvin Brothers, Dolly Parton, and Shel Silverstein. The reissue includes the previously unreleased "Hank And Lefty" (featuring Ricky Skaggs on fiddle) and "California Cottonfields." 

ELITE HOTEL (1975) features Emmylou's first two #1 Country singles: "Sweet Dreams" and Buck Owens' "Together Again." Bonus tracks on this disc are "You're Running Wild" with Rodney Crowell, and "Cajun Born" with Jo-El Sonnier. 

LUXURY LINER (1976) finds Emmylou covering material by Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell, Chuck Berry, the Louvin Brothers, and A.P. Carter (in a knockout duet with Nicolette Larson). The bonus cuts "Me And Willie," and "Night Flyer" (with Delia Bell) make their appearance here for the first time ever. 

On QUARTER MOON IN A TEN CENT TOWN (1978) Emmylou sings songs by Delbert McClinton, Dolly Parton, Jesse Winchester, and Rodney Crowell, and really shines on a terrific duet with Willie Nelson, "One Paper Kid." Previously unissued on this disc are "New Cut Road (Live)" and "LaCassine Special (Live)" with Barry Tashian. 

BLUE KENTUCKY GIRL (1979) showcases Emmylou in bluegrass mode, and features stellar duets with Tanya Tucker, Don Everly, and Sharon & Cheryl White. This CD's bonus cuts are "Cheatin' Is" with Glen Campbell and "I Know An Ending When It Comes."
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The Rolling Stones
Below are some must have Rolling Stones CD's. There is a little of Gram and Keith's friendship that comes through on bits of all of these albums. 
Exile On Main Street Sticky Fingers Let It Bleed
1. Rocks Off 
2. Rip This Joint 
3. Shake Your Hips
4. Casino Boogie 
5. Tumbling Dice 
6. Sweet Virginia 
7. Torn and Frayed 
8. Sweet Black Angel 
9. Loving Cup 
10. Happy 
11. Turd on the Run 
12. Ventilator Blues 
13. I Just Want to See His Face 
14. Let It Loose 
15. All Down the Line 
16. Stop Breaking Down 
17. Shine a Light 
18. Soul Survivor 
1. Brown Sugar 
2. Sway 
3. Wild Horses 
4. Can't You Hear Me Knocking 
5. You Gotta Move
7. I Got the Blues 
8. Sister Morphine 
9. Dead Flowers 
10. Moonlight Mile 
  1. Gimme Shelter
  2. Love In Vain
  3. Country Honk
  4. Live With Me
  5. Let It Bleed
  6. Midnight Rambler
  7. You Got The Silver
  8. Monkey Man
  9. You Can't Always Get What You Want
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Elvis Costello
Almost Blue
Single 2007 2004 Expanded
Track Listing
1. Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used To Do)?
2. Sweet Dreams
3. Success
4. I'm Your Toy
5. Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down
6. Brown To Blue
7. Good Year For The Roses
8. Sittin' And Thinkin'
9. Colour Of The Blues
10. Too Far Gone
11. Honey Hush
12. How Much I Lied

Expanded Edition (2004)
Disc: 2
W/ George Jones
1. Stranger in the House 

Dec. 26, 1979
W/ Johnny Cash

2. We Oughta Be Ashamed 

Live Feb. 16, 1979
3. Radio Sweetheart 
4. Stranger in the House 
5. Psycho 
6. If I Could Put Them All Together (I'd Have You) 
7. Motel Matches 
8. He'll Have to Go 
9. Girls Talk 

Jan. 20, 1981
10. Too Far Gone 
11. He's Got You 

May 18 - 21, 1981
12. Honky Tonk Girl 
13. That's Why I'm Walking 
14. Wondering 
15. Darling, You Know I Wouldn't Lie 
16. My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You 
17. Blues Keep Calling 
18. Tears Before Bedtime 
19. Psycho 
20. Cry, Cry, Cry 
21. I'll Take Care of You 
22. Your Angel Steps Out of Heaven 

July 30, 1981
23. Brand New Heartache 
24. There Won't Be Anymore 
25. Sittin' and Thinkin' 
26. Honey Hush 

Jan 7, 1982 - W Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
27. I'm Your Toy 

Elvis Costello's album Almost Blue, is his country album. Including some Gram Parsons material warrant a recommendation on this page. Elvis titles the Flying Burrito Brothers "Hot Burrito #1" as I'm Your Toy, and from his debut solo album "How Much I Lied." Also, Merle Haggard's "Tonight the Bottle Left Me Down" ; both Gram and Emmylou have versions of this Haggard classic. 

Press Release

June 28 2004
ALMOST BLUE's 27-cut bonus disc tells the story of how Elvis's long-standing love of country music eventually led him to the making of ALMOST BLUE, a radical album that awakened the hipster-punk generation to country long before the "No Depression" movement. Highlights include a previously unreleased duet with Johnny Cash, a duet with George Jones on "Stranger In The House," seven live songs recorded at the Palomino club in North Hollywood in 1979 (including "Girls Talk" and "Motel Matches"), a bevy of cuts recorded at CBS Studios in Nashville (including tunes by Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash), an early version of "Tears Before Bedtime" (which would later appear on Imperial Bedroom), five live tracks from the Music Machine in Aberdeen, Scotland (including "Brand New Heartache") and a concert performance of Gram Parsons & Chris Ethridge's "I'm Your Toy," recorded at the Royal Albert Hall. 
Gram Parsons - Reviews and recommendations - Discography Flying Burrito Brothers - The Byrds
The Gram Parsons Notebook: The Last Whippoorwill  
Track Listing
In the wake of 1999's rock-star-studded Gram Parsons tribute album, Return of the Grievous Angel, comes this enjoyably low-key collection of original songs inspired by a sketch pad Parsons left in the possession of fellow International Submarine Band member John Nuese. Coproducers Carl Jackson and Mike Ward are joined by high-profile guests Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Jim Lauderdale, and James Burton in a program that demonstrates how Parsons's pioneering West Coast country-rock has subtly influenced the Nashville mainstream. The new songs are built around lyric fragments taken from the notebook; sometimes, as with Lauderdale's powerful "Blessing for Being," one line provided all the inspiration needed. There also are covers of a couple of Parsons's personal favorites (the Louvin Brothers' "Cash on the Barrelhead," the Stones' "Dead Flowers") and a bluegrass-flavored version of his best-known song, "Hickory Wind." --Rick Mitchell
Gram Parsons - Reviews and recommendations - Discography Flying Burrito Brothers - The Byrds

Gram Parsons - Reviews and recommendations - Discography Flying Burrito Brothers - The Byrds

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