In his short recording career, Gram Parsons
attempted to bridge the gap between country and rock music. Arguably the founder of country-rock, Parson's
timeless influence on music is undeniable, and that is perhaps why this tribute works so remarkably well. A diversity of artists are included, with interpretations that range from reverent note-perfect readings, like the Musical Kings' (featuring Kevn Kinney
and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck
) version of the Flying Burrito Brothers'
"Cody, Cody" to renditions that rework the songs, as in Finger's
cover of "Still Feeling Blue," which takes straight honky-tonk country and gives it a rockin' Rolling Stones
feel. And although he recorded a number of cover versions, every song on this tribute was either written or co-written by Gram
. Every phase of his career is also represented in the 17 tracks: from his folkie days in the mid-'60s -- "November Nights" (Coal Porters
) to his final recording session in 1973 -- "Return of the Grievous Angel" (Joey Burns and Victoria Williams
). Noteworthy is the inclusion of Polly Parsons
daughter) & Eden performing "The New Soft Shoe." All in all, there really isn't a bad version, and some of them are superb, such as Uncle Tupelo
("Blue Eyes"), Steve Wynn
("Christine's Tune") and Stephen McCarthy
("One Hundred Years From Now").