The 5th Annual Gram Parsons Birthday Hoot
On a Sunday in November, musicians in Austin, Texas will gather together to play songs they all know. That's certainly not unusual. But this group will represent a wide array of musical circles; many will not have met before. They'll come together to honor and enjoy what it's progenitor called "cosmic American music". They'll play the music of Gram Parsons.
Arguably one of the most influential artists of what we now label Americana, Gram Parsons inspired musicians as disparate as Roger McGuinn of the Byrds and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Though his work was never more than marginally successful from a commercial point of view, his fingerprint can be found on much of the work of singers and songwriters popular then and now.
If you're in or near Austin on the evening of November 6th, you owe it to yourself to find your way to Threadgill's World Headquaters (a destination that is alone worth the trip) to witness this phenomenon as it's played out on a local level, with an impressive number of artists displaying their shared love of Gram Parsons music. Backed by a crack house band (that sounds so wrong, I'm going to leave it) led by host Patterson Barrett, artists scheduled to appear include:
Dallas Wayne (Heybale)
Earl P. Ball
Micky Braun (Micky & the Motorcars)
Freddie Steady Krc w/Emily Grace Berry
Phil Hurley (Stonehoney)
The show's proceeds will benefit the Americana Music Association, an organization dedicated to promoting the genre of music Parsons helped define.
More details are available at the Facebook event page.