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Gram Parsons hated the term “country rock.” He thought it was too limiting. Gram’s vision of “Cosmic American Music” (a self-coined phrase he preferred to country rock) came to fruition on GP as he successfully fused the lyricism of folk and rock with the burning urgency of blues and soul alongside the melodies and heartache of country music. And with a studio arsenal comprising A-list musicians like James Burton on guitar, Byron Berline on fiddle, Al Perkins on pedal steel, Ronnie Tutt on drums and Glen D. Hardin on piano, songs like the lilting “She” and the impassioned “A Song for You” left Gram with plenty of room to stretch out his vocal chords or hold back with tense restraint. GP also introduced Emmylou Harris, whose high-lonesome harmonies were so congruent with Gram’s that they eerily sounded like siblings and lovers at once, especially on “The New Soft Shoe” and the more upbeat boogie-rocker “Big Mouth Blues.”

Customer Reviews

Wow

It took 40 years for me to find this album. Don't make the same mistake. I have no good excuse. This is a work of pure genius.

Motel Lonesome Blues

I love this album..it's so full of great songs delivered with such passion by Gram &Emmylou that you can almost feel like you've been on the road so long that you can't remember where you're going. I've listened to this album over and over again, and I still get weepy.

Biography

Born: November 5, 1946 in Winter Haven, FL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Gram Parsons is the father of country-rock. With the International Submarine Band, the Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers, the songwriter pioneered the concept of a rock band playing country music, and as a solo artist he moved even further into the country realm, blending the two genres to the point that they became indistinguishable from each other. While he was alive, Parsons was a cult figure that never sold many records but influenced countless fellow musicians, from the Rolling Stones to...
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