By Bob Kealing
On September 19, 1973, Gram Parsons grew to become one more rock-and-roll casualty in an period of extra, a time while younger males wore their harmful conduct like badges of honor. regrettably, his many musical accomplishments were overshadowed by means of a morbid fascination along with his drug overdose within the Joshua Tree wasteland on the age of twenty-six.
Known because the father of kingdom rock, Parsons performed with the foreign Submarine Band, The Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. within the past due Sixties and early 70s, he used to be a key confidante of Keith Richards. In 1972, he gave Emmylou Harris her first gigantic holiday. while Tom Petty re-formed his Florida storage band Mudcrutch, he invoked the identify of Gram Parsons as an proposal. Musicians as assorted as Elvis Costello, Dwight Yoakam, Ryan Adams, Patty Griffin, and Steve Earle have additionally paid homage to alt-country's buyer saint.
In Calling Me Home, Kealing strains the complete arc of Parsons's profession, emphasizing his Southern roots. Drawing on dozens of latest interviews in addition to infrequent letters and images supplied by way of Parsons's relatives and mythical photojournalist Ted Polumbaum, Kealing has exposed proof that even the main stalwart Parsons lovers will locate revealing.
Travelling from Parsons' boyhood domestic in Waycross, Georgia, to the southern people mecca of Coconut Grove, Florida, from the birthplace of outlaw kingdom in Austin, Texas, to the Ryman auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee Kealing celebrates Parsons's undying and transformative musical legacy.
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