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  posted on 2/1/2009 at 02:02 PM
Who was the seminal alt-country band? I listened to the Burrito Bros
Live at the Avelon this morning. I'm a big Gram fan and have always
felt his brand of country/rock was the first, or at least very early, in
the development of the alt-country genre. I went for a 5 mile walk
this morning and listened to much of the 2 discs. I gotta say, they sound like
a great country band with a psychdelic pedal steel player. Chris Ethridge on
bass also adds a "non-traditional" flavor to the mix. As I'm listening, and
I have listened to this disc many times, I hear the FBB do their take on
Lucille by the Everly Bros. I don't have the knowledge I wish I did about
the Everlys but, I started thinking, these guys were ground breakers
as well. Were they at the beginning of the movment or lay the foundation
for guys like Gram to take it a step further? Again, my lack of knowledge
re the total Everly Bros music catalogue makes it difficult to make an argument
either way. Thought maybe some of the musicologist on this site could help
me with this question.

[Edited on 2/1/2009 by revonah]

 
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  posted on 2/1/2009 at 02:50 PM
I've always felt that electric country is really recycled rock from 10-15 years earlier.

Everly's, Rick Nelson (James Burton on lead guitar, in Gram's original Hot Band) were RR in the fifties but country in the sixties...

Much of today's "country" sounds like Outlaws/Skynyrd (or Betts?) with twangy vocals.

As to your original question I think Gram gets the title, but don't forget Dylan's Nashville Skyline.

[Edited on 2/1/2009 by aiq]

 

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  posted on 2/1/2009 at 02:58 PM
Interesting topic. Although the Everly's are grouped with the rockers of the era and were played on Top 40 Pop radio, they were raised on country and recorded in Nashville with top country musicians. They were, in a sence, country rock. The Burritos were obviously influenced by them and uped the rock quotient with Sneeky Pete's fuzz toned steel and Ethridge's complex bass lines. On the other hand, the Everly's had no steel at all. The Everlys were country singers playing pop material and the Burritos were rock musicians playing country material.
 

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  posted on 2/1/2009 at 03:13 PM
I guess the seminal alt-country or country-rock band or record was the Byrd's "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" which Gram Parson was a part of. But the roots of alt-country/country-rock go way back. in the late 50s/early 60s you had people like Buck Owens and the Buckeroos playing Chuck Berry songs, country singer Conway Twitty started out as a "rockabilly" singer, Chris Hillman, the bass player of the Byrds, and later on the Flying Burrito Brothers started his music career playing bluegrass, and certainly people like Johnny Cash/Jerry Lee Lewis "jumped" the rock & roll/country fence on many occasions, and let's not forget that Waylon Jennings was Buddy Holly's bass player on his last tour (legend has it that Waylon gave up his seat on the ariplane to Richie Valens). County music and rock and roll have always borrowed from each other. IMHO one of Chuck Berry's biggest influences was Hank Williams. Btw, the Everly Brothers recorded with country guitar great Chet Adkins, and they also appeared on the Grand Old Opry.


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  posted on 2/1/2009 at 03:17 PM
In a nutshell you should get yourself a copy of Twenty Thousand Roads by David Meyer, the BEST bio on Gram ever done,never knew that Duane and Gram crossed paths, but during the recording of Delaneys and Bonniies- Motel Shot they did, they're both on the CD.You might come to dislike Gram as a person after reading the book as he often dissed his bandmates was more concerned with promoting his own career but there is no doubt he is a legend.

 

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  posted on 2/1/2009 at 03:28 PM
The biggest thing I liked about Gram Parsons was that he discovered and promoted Emmy Lou Harris. Other than that Gram is primarily known for his excesses. Gram had a lot of talent, but in many way he squandered that talent. If he had of been has focused as say someone like Duane Allman, no telling what he might have accomplished.

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  posted on 2/1/2009 at 05:37 PM
My vote goes w/the Byrds..

 

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  posted on 2/1/2009 at 08:31 PM
Gp and Grievous Angel are classics .

 

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  posted on 2/1/2009 at 09:41 PM
What an artist.. another gone to young... I always found his music very appealing ..

http://www.gramparsons.com/faq/

 

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  posted on 2/2/2009 at 08:25 AM
quote:
I guess the seminal alt-country or country-rock band or record was the Byrd's "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" which Gram Parson was a part of. But the roots of alt-country/country-rock go way back. in the late 50s/early 60s you had people like
Buck Owens and the Buckeroos playing Chuck Berry songs, ..........




Interesting topic. I read somewhere recently that the Fender Telecaster guitar was designed for electric country music in particular, ( Merle Haggard, Don Rich, Buck Owens etc.) which featured guitar picking as opposed to strumming.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2009 at 08:26 AM
Consider checking out the documentary on Gram -

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414971/

Lots of interesting interviews.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2009 at 09:53 AM
Question- I always hear about Gram "finding" Emmylou and about their collaborations, but were they an actual romantic item? Just curious.
 

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  posted on 2/2/2009 at 05:48 PM
Well, I've read just about every biography and book out there about Gram and I know that this subject is not discussed in any great detail. There is some vague talk around it, but no solid kiss and tell. If I remember correctly, Chris Hillman was aware of Emmylou in the DC area playing folk clubs and he convinced Gram to go see her.

Everly Brothers - did y'all know that Warren Zevon (another name I see around here from time to time) was their music director and played keyboard for them in the early 70s.

 

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  posted on 2/3/2009 at 09:01 AM
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