By Bob Kealing

On September 19, 1973, Gram Parsons grew to become one more rock-and-roll casualty in an period of extra, a time while younger males wore their harmful behavior like badges of honor. regrettably, his many musical accomplishments were overshadowed by way of a morbid fascination along with his drug overdose within the Joshua Tree desolate tract on the age of twenty-six.

Known because the father of kingdom rock, Parsons performed with the foreign Submarine Band, The Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. within the overdue Sixties and early 70s, he used to be a key confidante of Keith Richards. In 1972, he gave Emmylou Harris her first large holiday. whilst Tom Petty re-formed his Florida storage band Mudcrutch, he invoked the identify of Gram Parsons as an suggestion. Musicians as various as Elvis Costello, Dwight Yoakam, Ryan Adams, Patty Griffin, and Steve Earle have additionally paid homage to alt-country's buyer saint.

In Calling Me Home, Kealing strains the complete arc of Parsons's occupation, emphasizing his Southern roots. Drawing on dozens of recent interviews in addition to infrequent letters and images supplied by means of Parsons's family members and mythical photojournalist Ted Polumbaum, Kealing has exposed evidence that even the main stalwart Parsons enthusiasts will locate revealing.

Travelling from Parsons' boyhood domestic in Waycross, Georgia, to the southern people mecca of Coconut Grove, Florida, from the birthplace of outlaw nation in Austin, Texas, to the Ryman auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee Kealing celebrates Parsons's undying and transformative musical legacy.

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