Halloween decorations are appearing on store shelves, and that means it’s time for the 8th Annual Gram Parsons Birthday Hoot. On November 3rd at Threadgill’s World Headquarters in Austin, Texas, an impressive collection of performers will gather from 7 to 10:30PM to celebrate the music of Gram Parsons, benefitting the Americana Music Association. The suggested donation is $10.
Host Patterson Barrett will lead the house band, as invited guest artists perform their favorite Gram Parson’s songs in this annual musical homage to the man whose influence on the artists and music of today’s Americana movement is still felt today. This is not only a night for Parson’s fans to remember, but an opportunity for those not familiar with his music to hear and enjoy it for the first time. This year’s event will again benefit the Americana Music Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the genre of music that Parsons helped define.
As anyone who has attended previous shows will attest, this evening promises to be a wonderful time for all, filled with great music and memorable performances.
Join the league of Parsons fans to celebrate his legacy of cosmic American music and help support this great organization.
Performers scheduled to appear:
Brian Keane & Rachel Loy
Earl P. Ball
Freddie Steady Krc
And house band:
Gram Parsons, born in 1946 as Cecil Ingram Connor III, was a pioneer in the marriage between rock and country music. A singer, songwriter and guitarist, Parsons sold few records in his career, but was a monumental influence on fellow rock and country musicians, including the Rolling Stones and the Byrds. With the Byrds’ Chris Hillman, Parsons formed the Flying Burrito Brothers, which is often regarded as the first country rock band. Parsons dubbed his musical style “Cosmic American Music,” a term which never gained popularity in mainstream terminology, but one he felt best described his music. In 1973, at the age of 26, Parsons died near his favorite vacation spot, Joshua Tree National Monument.