Beginning with his work with the Byrds, Gram Parsons was one of the most influential musicians of the rock era, combining country with rock and paving the way for the countrified Rolling Stones, the Eagles and countless others, including the new wave of alternative country, bands such as Uncle Tupelo, Wilco and Whiskeytown. After Sweetheart of the Rodeo, which added pedal steel and fiddle to the Byrd’s jangling, twelve-string sound, Parsons left the band with Chris Hillman to form the Flying Burrito Bros. and record the masterpiece The Gilded Palace of Sin. Along with Sneeky Pete Kleinow on pedal steel and Chris Etheridge on bass, Parsons crafted a beautiful album full of rock ‘n’ roll grit and soaring country harmonies.
Gram Parsons would go on to release two excellent solo albums, GP and Grievous Angel, which also introduced the world to the wonderful Emmylou Harris, before his untimely death in 1973. And if you like his music I would highly recommend The Return of the Grievous Angel, and tribute to Gram featuring Emmylou Harris, Beck, Wilco, The Pretenders, The Cowboy Junkies and many more. Powered by Sidelines