You’ve Never Heard Gram Parsons’ ‘Grievous Angel’?! Interesting view of a classic album. JR
Today (Sept. 19, 2011) is the anniversary of Gram Parsons‘ death, so we had our summer intern Laurin Penland write up his pioneering country-rock album, Grievous Angel.
I grew up in a singer-songwriter household. By the time I was five or six I was singing along to John Prine with a bunch of ex-hippies (my parents and their friends), who had survived the 1960s and ’70s and landed relatively safely in the 80s. The likes of Prine, Tom Paxton, Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan surrounded my young ears constantly. But the name of Gram Parsons never came up until a year ago, when I was playing music with a friend. She asked if I’d ever heard his song “Hickory Wind.”