Gram Parsons "got into a maze with the Burrito Brothers"
Gram Parsons' legendary solo career is examined in the new issue of Uncut, out on Thursday (January 3, 2013).
The back-to-basics approach of the country-rock singer's acclaimed GP and Grievous Angel albums were in sharp contrast to the more psychedelic work of his previous group, The Flying Burrito Brothers.
Parsons' collaborator in his early band, The International Submarine Band, Ian Dunlop explains: "He’d got into a maze with the Burritos. The thing about the GP album is that he’s coming out of that maze wanting to make pure country music again.
"It’s country in the straight-ahead vein. A lot of the traditions and sentiments are pre-Bakersfield. It’s a late-’40s-and-early-’50s music that could roughly be classified as honky tonk."
Uncut hunts down Parsons' closest collaborators from the period to tell the story of the man who left The Byrds and the Burrito Brothers, and got kicked out of The Rolling Stones' inner circle, before making his stunning last work.
The new issue of Uncut, dated February 2013, is out on Thursday (January 3, 2013).