Grievous Angel – The Gram Parsons Story

Re-post for GP’s birthday.

Gram Parsons November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973

Fantastic one hour audio documentary hosted by the venerable Bob Harris who takes a look back at the enigma that is Gram Parsons, contributions from Polly Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Keith Richards, Phil Kaufman and some rare words of wisdom from the legend himself.

Part 1   Grievous Angel_ The Gram Parsons

Part 2   Grievous Angel_ The Gram Parsons

Mr Plow “Joyful in Song Are We” (Pink Box Records)

Mr Plow-Joyful In Song Are We

Mr Plow’s CD release party is on 20th June at The Musician in Leicester and you’re all invited to celebrate the release of Joyful in Song Are We, the Leicester based band cannot be excused of lacking humour, their name for start – a quick read of their bio and a skip through the track titles and you may be making assumptions about what’s on offer here – but all is not quite like it first appears, the band may not be taking themselves too seriously and their are no plans for an assault on the charts, but the music is what matters and in a world where pretence, gloss and hype often prevail musical treats are still to be uncovered and this album is a little nugget.

Boom-chicka-boom and Johnny Cash riffs are celebrated in this very British take on Americana or as the band like to pigeonhole their sound “gospel-surf-country-murder ballad-skiffle-folk-blues sort of genre”, the band have already secured some national radio play after earning a slot on Mark Lamarrs (sadly now defunct) God’s Own Jukebox show on Radio 2 as well some excellent reviews in a couple of my favourite journals, R2 and Maverick, for something that’s a little bit different go get yourself a copy of the album, the first two hundred CD copies of the album will also receive a nine-track live album ‘The Bahadur Singh Memorial Concert’  recorded earlier in 2011.

Mr Plow – Hallelujah Hare Krishna


Pinkbox Records



I’m In Love with Hank – Steve Earle BBC Radio 2

For anyone who missed it the first time around here’s the BBC Radio 2 series “I Love Hank” presented by Steve Earle, originally broadcast as five half hour shows, it’s well worth a listen, a great rockdoc for any Hank fans

I Love Hank

“Dead at the age of 29, Hank Williams Snr. nonetheless managed to create such a body of work that he is now seen as the founding father of modern country music. In his short career – only 6 years – he cut over 170 songs, many of them now classics, which have been recorded by nearly everyone who is anyone in country.
His first songs were made and released 60 years ago in 1946 after he moved to Nashville and impressed the legendary Fred Rose who took the 23 year old Hank under his wing, acting as his manager, record producer and co-writer. Williams soon became a regular on the prestigious radio show “The Louisiana Hayride” and then later at the classic country venue the Grand Ole Opry; on his first appearance he performed his first hit “Lovesick Blues” leading to an unprecedented six encores.

Hit after hit came from his pen – “I’m so Lonesome I could Cry”, “Long Gone Lonesome Blues”, “Moanin’ the Blues”, “Why don’t you Love Me?”, “Cold Cold Heart”, “Your Cheatin’ Heart” “Hey Good Lookin'” and “Jambalaya” being just a very few of the classic numbers that in later years became hits for artists like Tony Bennett, Jo Stafford, Joni James and the Carpenters.

Hank Williams’s life was a troubled one – spina bifida made worse through a riding accident caused him constant pain and he drank to excess and took drugs, mostly painkillers; but on top of that, he was one of the music business’s first rowdies – he played with guns, destroyed hotel rooms and generally acted out a life style the rock stars of the 60s thought they had invented.

He was fired from the Grand Ole Opry and the 50s saw his career decline as musicians and booking agents increasingly saw him as a problem. He battled with his mother and wife Audrey, whom he divorced and then later with second wife Billie Jean Jones; his early death came, ironically, in the back of a car after the plane hired to take him to a gig had been cancelled because of a blizzard – ironic because the gig was to feature Hawkshaw Hawkins, who later died in a plane crash with Cowboy Copas and Patsy Cline, a crash caused by…. a blizzard.

Since that tragic death, Hank Williams’s star has risen to the point where country stars of every stripe acknowledge him as the founding father – many have name-checked him in songs, such as Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Tim Hardin and Moe Bandy “

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