Gram Parsons pioneered the country-rock scene back in the swinging '60s, at a time when rednecks battled with longhairs for the soul of the nation and most hippies thought "Nashville" was synonymous with "Nazi." Appearing as a cross-pollinating apostle, Parsons opened up old-fashioned hillbilly music to psychedelic and poetic influences and taught the counterculture to revere crew-cut crooners like George Jones and the Louvin Brothers. In his day, Parsons rerouted the Byrds, palled around with the Rolling Stones, and even stole Elvis Presley's guitar player, James Burton, for a pair of albums. Probably his greatest legacy, though, was elevating a young Emmylou Harris to country stardom, a favor she repaid by carrying the torch for him long after his... More >>>