Gram Parsons Tribute Concert

Gram Parsons Tribute Concert

by The Coal PortersThe Coal Porters


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Although the Gram Parsons tribute CD on Almo Records may seem like the last word on the matter, it really isn't. Country music, in its purest form, is road music, meant to be played by and for the people. Like the blues, it comes alive on the stage. Gram Parsons -- one of the most revolutionary practitioners of the form -- knew this intrinsically, and to that end, the Coal Porters disc The Gram Parsons Tribute Concert accomplishes this simple but necessary phenomenon with grace and style. Led by Sid Griffin, who was the founder of the Long Ryders -- one of the most influential roots-based bands performing in Los Angeles in the 1980s -- the Coal Porters are a band who are not only trying to emulate Parsons' freewheeling spirit, but are also emulating what quite simply can be called a friggin' great evening on a Saturday night in a club in north London. This factor is important, because Parsons' music is neither heavy-handed nor ponderous. Spontaneous soul, direct and to-the-heart, is the agenda here, and the Coal Porters (aka "the Bootleg Burritos", for this evening) deliver that on this recording. And how. The liner notes on this CD explain that certain tunes were lost due to curfew, technical difficulties, and the like. "Wires went unplugged due to stage diving. The heat was affecting everyone." No matter; in the end, you have a recording that captures the ambience and spirit of the evening perfectly. Of course, the music deserves it -- so do you.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/1999
Label: Prima
UPC: 0793962000101
catalogNumber: 10
Rank: 109672

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Coal Porters   Primary Artist
Bob Stone   Organ,Piano
Dave Morgan   Drums
Sid Griffin   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Pat McGarvey   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
James Walbourne   Guitar
Peter Curran   Master of Ceremonies
Robert Childs   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Sid Griffin   Producer,Engineer
Pat McGarvey   Contributor
Bill Alden   Tray Photo
Sarah Williams   Sleeve Photo
Traditional   Composer
Gandulf Hennig   Producer,Engineer
Helena Germalm   Monitors,Monitor Engineer
Grant Louden   Cover Design,Sleeve Design

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