Bernie Leadon’s interesting comment about Gram Parsons

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Dave Carew


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Bernie Leadon’s interesting comment about Gram Parsons

By Dave Carew

Two years ago, a friend of mine—a Nashville-based musician—found himself on a plane back home with Bernie Leadon. (For those of you originally from another galaxy, Leadon was a founding member of The Eagles who, prior to that, played in The Flying Burrito Brothers with Gram Parsons and three other original members of that band.)  Because my friend is such a huge Gram Parsons and Burritos fan, he quickly fell into a conversation with Leadon about Gram.

I’m sure the conversation went on for (at least) several minutes, but the one comment made by Leadon that my friend found most interesting, memorable, and thought-provoking was the following. (Leadon was talking about Gram’s place in the history of American music):

“You know, originally they didn’t give Gram enough credit. Now they give him too much.”

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.

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