Gram Parsons InterNational XI: 50 Year Anniversary of Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Event page: http://SweetheartOfTheRodeo.info/
— The legendary Earl Poole Ball* and the Cosmic Sweethearts (inc.tele slayer Mike Khalil, bassist Joe Webber**, and sweetheart Renee Wahl)
— The Burrito Brothers***
— Joshua Black Wilkins
— Chris Watts Band
— Ronnie Guilbeau & The Open Road
— Way Behind the Sun
— Heart Hunters
And you never know who's going to show up!
*EPB has a lifetime of major recording sessions with the following artists: Gram Parsons, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, Freddie Hart, Wynn Stewart, Rick Nelson, Marty Robbins, Marty Stuart, Mickey Gilley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash (20+ years).
**Nashville cat Joe Webber has played with the likes of Al Perkins, Christine Arnold (Sweethearts of the Rodeo), Cactus Moser (Highway 101), Bernie Leadon, Billy Joe Royal, many others. He's mainly played my shows with Donna Frost, Walter Egan, and Chris James.
The legendary Earl Poole Ball, who played piano for over 20 years with Johnny Cash, headlines the 11th Annual Gram Parsons InterNational, this year a tribute to two groundbreaking Gram Parsons albums, one with the International Submarine Band (Safe at Home) and one with The Byrds (Sweetheart of the Rodeo). EPB was there and played on both seminal country rock albums. Supporting Earl will be his Cosmic Sweethearts, well-known Nashville players Renee Wahl on vocals, Mike Khalil shredding guitar, and Joe Webber on bass. Plus as usual at our show, one never knows who's going to show up!
This is the original (booked last winter) Sweetheart of the Rodeo tribute show. This concept is to not only play the tracks on Sweetheart, but to take the elements that influenced these pivotal albums, from country folk to rock, and present artists who have taken flight on the wings of this music 50 years later. You'll hear all of Sweetheart, but unlike other such shows, seven different bands will cover all songs on the album, together with their own music that was influenced by these albums.
The Burrito Brothers just debuted their new album, «Still Growing Strong,» which bridges past to future, and pays homage to the roots while taking an explorational musical journey. As Gram himself said about the Burritos, «The idea’ll keep going. It’s not like it’s dead. Whether I do it or anybody else does, it’s got to keep going.” For more on the current (there have been many) incarnation of the Burritos and their connection with the Burrito lineage, see http://theburritobrothers.net/BIO.html
Ronnie Guilbeau's pedigre as the son of Burrito Bro Gib Guilbeau goes without saying. He will be joined by Michael Webb, Jack Sundrud, and Rick Lonow as the band Flesh + Bone (who happen to comprise three fourths of Poco).
Coming off his successful tour of the South, Louisiana man and Nashville native Chris Watts brings his band to our show for the second time. Chris brilliantly merges songwriting and performing like few others.
Many songs on Sweetheart are „folk country.“ Heart Hunters is an innovative band that takes that idiom where few have since Gram himself. Coming in from Atlanta, their new album produced by Peter Case has received remarkable reviews. From Americana Highways: „There is not a single misfire in the entire collection. The players came to play and Peter Case put the pieces together resulting in a fantastic album. “American Eclipse» is a crisp, personal, engaging, intriguing, inspired release from Heart Hunters. Get your copy and find tour dates." In honor of Sweetheart they'll be covering «Blue Canadian Rockies» and «Nothing Was Delivered.»
Joshua Black Wilkins is an amazing songwriter who just released his 11th studio album (so it's fitting he play our 11th annual), but he is also a distinguished photographer, having worked with his buddy Justin Townes Earle, Marty Stuart, Amanda Shires, Bobby Bare, Patterson Hood, and the late Charlie Louvin among many others. Joshua would agree that he and all those listed will tell you they owe a debt to Gram Parsons and Sweetheart (except Charlie Louvin, whom Gram owed a debt to!).
Way Behind The Sun is a band coming down from the Catskills region of New York. Virginia and the guys are going to mop the floor with all of your (and Gram's) favorites… and guess who's going to come back up and join them on the complete, all verses plus one specially written for the occasion, the evening's finale of «You Ain't Going Nowhere»? That's right The Legend himself, Mr. Earl Poole Ball. It all comes full circle.
We couldn't be more excited about our 11th Annual, what a night it's going to be!