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The 7th annual Gram Parsons InterNational, once again at our home in Nashville, the legendary Douglas Corner Cafe, was a resounding success. Barry Tashian, formerly of The Remains (opened for The Beatles on their final American tour), friend of Gram’s and contributor to G.P., and founding member of the original Flying Burrito Brothers) was highly entertaining with his wife Holly and the Shelby Bottom String Band. Phil Kaufman was a big hit as our a special guest, doing a meet and greet in back. Other bands and artists were all wonderful, including: The Tangled Hearts, Ron Dometrovich from Birmingham Alabama, Don Pedigo, Donna Frost and her band, Jacques & the Valdanes and Ray Harris and the BSOBs from Ontario, Canada, Bobby Dove from Montreal, Jerry Mincey from Winter Haven, FL, Billy Ray Herrin from Waycross, GA, The Carmonas, Mac Leaphart, Ben de la Cour, Sin City Boy Larry Sepulvado from Houston with his son (New West Records) backed by former members of The Jordanaires (including the legendary Ray Walker, Jr.), Tokyo Rosenthal, The Gram Band, and The Chris Watts Band. The 2014 event page: http://gram2014.us.
Sixth annual Gram InterNational will be at Douglas Corner Cafe again to honor Gram 40 years after his death and celebrate 40 years since GP. Two nights this year Nov 8/9; Friday is bands, Saturday acoustic. Fri $10 door; Sat $5 w/ Fri tkt stub, else $10. http://grambash.us. More details to come.
The legendary Douglas Corner once again hosted Nashville's fifth consecutive annual festival commemorating Gram Parsons and the Petition to Induct him into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Bands included: James Scott Bullard & the Late Night Sweethearts w/ guest vocalist Rebecca Morning, Harmondale, The Burritos w/ Walter Egan, Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels, Donna Frost, The Devious Angels, Chris James & The Gram Band, Rich Mahan & the Cocktail Heroes, and special musical guest, Bob Buchanan, member of Gram's seminal International Submarine Band and co-author of "Hickory Wind." Journalist Bob Kealing was also be on hand to sign copies of "Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons & the Roots of Country Rock."
BANDS AND VENUES: PLEASE SEE MY WANTS AND NEEDS AT HTTP://GRAMINTERNATIONAL.WORDPRESS.COM.
In 2011, it's Gram InterNational IV in six cities AND three countries. Nashville: The Burritos w/ Walter Egan; Chris James & the Gram Band; Donna Frost; Rebecca Jed & the Bucksnort Beuties; Sunday Valley; Devious Angels; and Don Pedigo (Grand Persons). Boston: Gilded Splinters; The Brooklyns; The Weisstronauts; The Molenes; Twang 'em High; Whiskey Kill. Toronto: Big Tobacco; The Key Frames; Drunk Woman; Whitney Rose; Sunbear; Unseen Strangers; Jacques & the Shakey Boys; Michael Cananaugh .
To celebrate 45 years since Gram Parsons began it all in Cambridge, Gram National 2010 hit Boston like a nor'easter for two days (and for a third straight year in Nashville)! GN Boston bands killed: Highway Ghosts, Jeff Byrd & Dirty Finch, Twang 'em High, 25 Pearl, Maynard & the Musties, The Cosmic American Derelicts, Lynda Lucas from Ireland, Brian Molnar & the Naked Hearts, Rocking Horse Rodeo, The Molenes, Lydia Loveless,Jenee Halstead and Loose Salute.