Monday, May 18, 2009

Gram Parsons

My obsession with Gram Parson comes and goes in phases. I can go without listening to him for months, but then there are times, like this morning, where I’ll sit and play every one of his albums back to back. I don’t know much about country music, but my favourites are guys like George Jones and the Louvin Brothers, singers that I can only describe as having a hint of tragic in their voices. Parsons’ voice definitely has that kind of quality. While he didn’t have the greatest of voices by any means, his singing was all about naked emotion; all the more evocative in its ordinariness, cracking and warbling in all the right places. And he was a solid songwriter to boot. Every album he contributed to has at least a couple drop-dead gorgeous Parsons-penned sad songs, which is kind of why I had a hard time picking just one or two for this post. So without further ado, here’s just about every record Gram Parsons had anything to do with.

The International Submarine Band – Safe at Home (1967)

The Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968)

The Flying Burrito Brothers – The Gilded Palace of Sin (1969)

The Flying Burrito Brothers – Burrito Deluxe (1970)

Gram Parsons – GP (1973)

Gram Parsons – Grievous Angel (1974)


  1. This young man was an immense talent. 'Sweetheart of the Rodeo' is one of my favorite albums, and 'GP' & 'Grievous Angel' are amazing. Everyone should listen to these albums!

  2. Thank you so much!

  3. Muchísimas gracias compadre!!!

  4. Awesome! hard to find,Thanks for keeping his music alive!

    1. "Wontcha scratch my itch sweet Annie Rich.." gracias amigo, que chevere!

  5. Great musician...I love Flying Burrito Band !!

  6. His influence on more than one genre of music is extrodinary by itself, that it was done with such a small catalouge of music in near obscurity is a testament to the passion and love he felt for and in turn gave back to the music.
    Thank you for your sweet and bitter fruit.