Playlist: GRAM PARSONS
Compiled By: Tex Bailey
Guests include the creatives behind the brilliant Old Spice Commercials, Rock Opera Grievous Angel - The Legend of Gram Parsons and bluesman Curtis Salgado
Creatives from renowned ad agency Wieden + Kennedy talk about the the Old Spice Campaign and how the ads got made, Michael Bate, writer/director of Grievous Angel - The Legend of Gram Parsons talks about Gram's last public interview with him and Bate's desire to stage a Rock Opera to educate people on the man behind much of the Americana music of the 60s and Bluesman Curtis Salgado tells the story of meeting John Belushi and being the inspiration behind The Blues Brothers
The legendary singer performed at the Newport Folk Festival on July 31. This is an unhosted music-only set. If you use it, please credit NPR Music for the recording. Available for free to NPR member stations. If you're not an NPR member station, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Emmylou Harris' Grammy-festooned career stretches back more than 40 years, to her legendary early collaborations with the late country-folk legend Gram Parsons. Hard Bargain, her new album, is suffused with mourning, both for Parsons (in "The Road") and for her late friend Kate McGarrigle, whom she memorably memorializes in "Darlin' Kate." But the Country Music Hall of Famer still knows where and how to locate sweetness and joy in her music, and she remains vital and contemporary. Here, Harris performs live at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I.
- Six White Cadillacs
- Orphan Girl
- Red Dirt Girl
- Kern River
- Hello Stranger
- Pancho and Lefty
- My Name is Emmett Till
- The Road
- Get Up John
- Luxury Liner
- Sin City
- Leaving Louisana
- Born to Run
Recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 31.
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The Second of two one-hour documentaries on The Byrds, covering 1968 to 1972: the groundbreaking country-rock years.
The second of two one-hour documentaries on The Byrds, the continuously groundbreaking band who bridged the gaps between The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, the Beach Boys, the Los Angeles psychedelic underground and classic country. Each hour is hosted by singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell, and covers a distinct period of their prolific history that can either be aired as one two-part series, or as your choice of two insightful one-hour programs. FARTHER ALONG picks up the story in 1968 and details how the Byrds' legendary Act I was followed by one of rock history's most fascinating second acts. Despite their lower record sales, the Byrds' later incarnations alternately defined and re-defined "country-rock," thanks to the influential contributions by folks like Gram Parsons and guitarist Clarence White. As with the first segment, FARTHER ALONG feature the wide range of music that made The Byrds of the 60s most influential bands, along with comments by its two longest-lasting members: Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman. Writers David Fricke, Anthony DeCurtis, Lenny Kaye and Byrds historian Sid Griffin are also interviewed. Instead of being directed by the singular vision of one leader, The Byrds were consistently led by everybody's contributions - from their original five members to the musicians involved with their later years. "They all brought something new and something defining," says journalist David Fricke, "and it all became part of the Byrds sound. They didn?t change the Byrds to the degree that it changed the sound. What they did became the Byrds." Broadcast Window: Begins late September 2006, available for all USA radio broadcasters at no cost. 9/30 update: In addition to the 0:59 version posted on the audio page, there is also a 0:54 "news-hole" show in two parts - a 1:00 billboard and the 53:00 program.