Okay one more post and I’ll give up on the lists.
Here are some great books (music related) that have stimulated , fascinated and educated in 2012.
Re-linked / updated by request 21/9/14
Continuing on the Gram theme here’s a 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. (Can’t recall how I got this so no acknowledgement)
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.
I didn’t make the connection immediately but after reading a short bio on Daniel Romano it clicked where I’d heard the name before, he was one third of the acoustic folk Daniel, Fred and Julie who released an album back in 2009 that collected a lot of positive reviews on net, I never got around to getting that album but collected a pair of mp3’s that had got lost and forgotten in my digital library – I aim to remedy this when my eMusic account tops up next month, along with checking out Romano’s solo debut.
I digress a little because I’m supposed to be telling you a little about Mr. Romano and his solo album Sleep Beneath the Willow, released on You’ve Changed Records which he co-runs with Steven Lambke the album was recorded to two inch tape in Romano’s home studio in Ontaria, the man himself plays most of the instruments on the album as well as handling production and engineering – so it’s a real labour of love and that’s reflected in the music a vinyl friendly 11 track 40 minute album it’s a retro-country troubadour styled treat that’s a real pleasure to listen to, definite shades of Gram Parsons on the album which can never be a bad thing as well as some sweet harmonising provided Misha Bower, Lisa Bozikovic and Tamara Lindeman.
Buy CD and Vinyl here
Bonus, from the debut disc Workin’ For the Music Man.
Rounding of the Gram theme this week by starting with two essential purchases.
For watching – the Fallen Angel DVD written by ex-Long Ryder and Gram Parsons expert Sid Griffin (on a side note I am reliably informed the two photos that I used in the Grevious Angel post earlier this week were rescued by Sid from an A&M bin in L.A. in 1978 ) and Gandulf Hennig the DVD release contains extra footage that didn’t appear on the original broadcast edition shown on the BBC back in 2004 and is a must watch if you’re a Gram fan, there are contributions from the Parson’s family, Peter Buck and Chris Hillman as well of course as Emmylou and Keith Richards. For reading – Twenty Thousand Roads is an all encompassing biography heavy on the detail – well worth getting your hands on, I am on the look out for a reasonably priced copy of Sid Griffins biog
Gram at Amazon UK
The excellent Band of Heathens have a smart cover of Sin City available for download at their site
Original sin Gram Parsons – Sin City
Hot Burrito #1
That’s All It Took
California Cotton Fields
Cry One More Time
A Song For You
Hang On Sloopy
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Forty Days (cuts of before the end)
Download Live 1973
Buy GP @ Amazon