“The Burritos are a band of music veterans, brothers Chris & Fred James, Rick Lonow, and Walter Egan, who are bringing back classic Country Rock. When I say classic Country Rock, I mean in the style of the Godfather of Country Rock, Gram Parsons, who died in 1973 at the tender age of twenty six but has left a lasting legacy. These four musicians try their best to bring the best of Parsons out on their debut CD, SOUND AS EVER. "FOR THE SAKE OF LOVE" is in the vein of The Flying Burrito Brothers rockers. "BEGGARS BANQUET" is a straight Country tune with plenty of pedal steel guitar.... "CALL IT LOVE" was co-written by drummer Rick Lonow and was a hit for Poco and the group does it well. "CAROLINA CALYPSO" was written by Gram Parsons and Walter Egan and is done very well on SOUND AS EVER. Co-written by Egan, "HEARTS ON FIRE" is a good song but the duet of Parsons and Emmy Lou Harris will always hold a special place in my heart.... I can't wait to see this band live.”
"Sound as ever” was a salutation Gram Parsons used when closing letters to family and friends. It’s an obscure reference—you basically have to be a Gram freak (like me) to get it, and to, hence, get the connection between Gram Parsons, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and this outstanding debut album by the Nashville-based band The Burritos. Twenty years from now, when music historians pose the question: “Who, in Nashville during the early 21st century, most kept the musical legacy of Gram Parsons alive?” I will—if still kicking around—answer unequivocally: Chris James and Walter Egan, both of whom now are members of The Burritos. Click for more.