- 08 Apr 01
LIAM FAY celebrates the re-release of Gram Parsons’ two solo albums, G.P. and GRIEVOUS ANGEL on mid-price CD with an appraisal of the life and work of the man dubbed The Father of Country Rock.
THE TAG attached to Gram Parsons most often is that of The Father of Country Rock. He preferred to describe what he did as “Cosmic American Music”, but there’s no doubting that he had a rare affinity for the traditional country of his native Southern states.
Forget the manor, Parsons was to the Grand Ole Opry born. Even his biographical details read like the plot from some melodramatic Nashville ballad. If it’s true that into every life a little rain must fall then Gram Parsons lived through a veritable monsoon season.
Born Cecil Ingram Connor on November 5th, 1946, he grew up in Waycross, Georgia. His mother came from a very wealthy family while his father, one Coon Dog Connor, was a ranch-hand and singer-songwriter who committed suicide when Gram was thirteen. His mother then remarried, to a man called Parsons, but continued her sharp slide into chronic alcoholism. She died from cirrhosis of the liver on the day Gram graduated from High School.