Gram Parsons Tribute Concert Likely to Skip Nashville This Year

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Dave Carew

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Gram Parsons Tribute Concert Likely to Skip Nashville This Year

By Dave Carew

I’ve just received word from sources close to the event that the annual Gram Parsons Tribute Concert—which last September 19 drew a massive crowd to The 5 Spot—likely will not return to Nashville this year. My sources tell me they believe the event will be held in Philadelphia (which has absolutely no connection to Gram Parsons), but that piece of information could not be immediately confirmed.

For the past two years, I’ve served as pro bono publicist for this concert, so I was very disappointed to hear the event won’t take place in Nashville this year. But—my feeling aside—it’s actually a greater loss for music fans here . . . who last year were treated to outstanding performances from Dublin, Ireland’s Lynda Lucas, Chris James’ The Gram Band, Walter Egan’s Burrito Deluxe, and a host of others.

Memo to Nashville club owners and bookers:  If you want a sure-fire-hit night at your club, pick up the pieces of this idea and put on your own Gram Parsons Tribute Concert on or around September 19 (the anniversary of Gram’s death) or even November 5, Gram’s birthday.  More than any other city on earth, Nashville boasts people who “get” Gram Parsons . . . and, trust me, you’ll have a crowd there.

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 book editor, publicist, and copywriter.

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One Response to “Gram Parsons Tribute Concert Likely to Skip Nashville This Year”

  1. Peggy Says:

    I think it is in Boston this year where the ISB got their start when Gram was at Harvard!

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