Thursday, May 8, 2008

One Hundred Years from Now

This year is the 40th anniversary of the classic album by The Byrds, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, which was recorded between March 9 and May 27, 1968. The album, which featured Gram Parsons on guitar and a pair of excellent vocals, is the great-granddaddy of alt-country. The official release date was August 30, 1968—the day the tumultuous Democratic convention ended in Chicago. Click here for the album's classic track, Gram Parsons' "Hickory Wind."

1 comment:

Bleeet said...

Ahhh... Gram Parsons...

I honestly get weepy when I hear Emmylou sing. That voice! Their duets are just so fragile and strong at the same time, if that's possible

And this from a guy who rejected all things country and classic rock as a teen.

I started realizing what I had spurned all those years ago when Uncle Tupelo's "No Depression" came out in 1990.

Lucinda and Emmylou completed the turnaround for me about 10 years ago.

I have been so gratified by Emmylou's almost transcendent resurgence with her last few albums. "Wrecking Ball", "Red Dirt Girl"... aching, beautiful stuff.

New Poem: "Phrasebook"

My poem " Phrasebook " has been published online in Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters .