|1. She (Pretenders & Emmylou Harris)|
|2. Ooh Las Vegas (Cowboy Junkies)|
|3. Sin City (Beck & Emmylou Harris)|
|4. $1,000 Wedding (Evan Dando & Julianna Hatfield)|
|5. Hot Burrito #1 (The Mavericks)|
|6. High Fashion Queen (Chris Hillman & Steve Earle)|
|7. Juanita (Sheryl Crow & Emmylou Harris)|
|8. Sleepless Nights (Elvis Costello)|
|9. Return Of The Grievous Angel (Lucinda Williams & David Crosby)|
|10. One Hundred Years From Now (Wilco)|
|11. A Song For You (Whiskeytown)|
|12. Hickory Wind (Gillian Welch)|
|13. In My Hour Of Darkness (The Rolling Creekdippers)|
With little familiarity to Gram Parsons, I was so taken by this tribute that was so well done, with fine musicians. Emmylou Harris, who sang with him before he died in the 70s so young, has kept his music alive and introduced him to new generations of music lovers.
On the show, I was introduced to Beck, I thought to myself..."who is this guy who sounds like Parsons?"
A favorite of mine, is Steve Earle and Chris Hillman on "High Fashion Queen. " The group consisted of Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Cowboy Junkies, Elvis Costello, Wilco, David Crosby, Whiskeytown, etc. How wonderfuls the tribute of "In My Hour of Darkness" by the Rolling Creekdrippers.
Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow duet to "Juanita", the mixture of solid sweet voice of Crow and that soothing cracking voice of Emmylou blend so perfectly.
If ever there is a presence of Gram Parsons, it is here! This is truly more that a tribute, it is as haunting as Gram Parson was, a young man who died too young, too hard!
If you want to hear Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris duets, she has a 3 CD box set that features duets with Parsons, probably the best part of her CD collection. ....MzRizz
Why this cd? To me, this is truly the best tribute/compilation cd I have ever heard! My husband and I wrestled over our only copy until one day it could not be found for a moment. I think it was the next day that we justified a second copy. We could not be without it!
First though, I will start with the disappointing Cowboy Junkies' rendition of "Oooh Las Vegas"...Why? For me it is really the low spot on this cd. They confusingly trade in their rootsy haunting stylings for a "modern" take on the song which fails, unfortunately.
The rest of the cd more than makes up for it with Emmylou, the Grande Dame of this genre (who sometimes co-wrote with Gram and was and still is his female version musically) taking part in many of the songs. She joins Beck on a fittingly traditional "Sin City," the Pretenders on "She," and Sheryl Crow for the sorrowful "Jaunita."
What I love most on this cd is the artists. Not many are linked to the country sound you might expect and I really think those artists help to breathe fresh life into the songs again, while mostly retaining the original feeling Gram might have had in mind when he wrote them.
Other highlights include alternative radio darlings Evan Dando of the Lemonheads and Julianna Hatfield doing a great version of "$1,000 Wedding", and Chris Hillman (who co-wrote this song and so many others) and Steve Earle channeling Dwight Yoakam's signature sound on "High Fashion Queen."
It is the return of "Cosmic American Music" by the ill fated but brilliant original alternative country boy. If you like critical faves Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, and Wilco, then you MUST understand the beauty of Gram Parsons work. This is a fine place to start.
This is music for driving late at night, for wallowing in (or mending) a broken heart. If you can listen to Lucinda Williams' rendition of the title track without feeling the hair stand up on the back of your neck, you've either shaved 'way too close or aren't living close enough to the bone.
I bought copies of this for music friends ranging in age from 20 to 57. I'm broke, but they're enjoying either learning about Gram for the first time, or remembering him in the fondest ways.
You done good, Emmylou.