Cosmic American Music. It’s evocative as hell even if you don’t know its origins with the late, much missed Gram Parsons, a phrase merging tradition and the blown-open mindset of the 1960s. And the music that’s come out of this phrase lives up to this idea, joining the hands of hippies and hicks, serious pickers and serious slackers as they stir and share a true melting pot of sounds. While the loss of Gram to an accidental morphine overdose in 1973 remains a serious blow, his legacy is one of the strongest, coolest and just downright inspirational ever. He is in the bones of what’s come to be known as Americana, lurking inside the ever-growing marriage of rock & country in the mainstream, and there smiling and crying in all his exposed beauty on albums of his own and with The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers.
One of the greatest tributes to Gram Parsons has been going on in San Francisco for years. Sleepless Nights is the brainchild of Eric Shea (Mover, Sweet Chariot), an annual evening that celebrates its 10th anniversary tomorrow night, Saturday, August 27, at the Great American Music Hall in SF. Tickets and full info on the lineup, which includes Impound faves Chuck Prophet & Stephanie Finch, East Bay Grease and Paula Frazer, can be found here.
Here’s a little Gram to get ya in the mood, and we hope to see some of you at the GAMH on Saturday night. You shan’t be disappointed – this is ALWAYS a great night of music centered around one of the great beacons of popular song.