Gram Parsons event coming to the Exit/In in November

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Dave Carew

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Gram Parsons event coming to the Exit/In in November

by Dave Carew

Will James, Director of Gram InterNational, announced this morning that Gram InterNational V Nashville will be held on Friday, November 2 at the legendary Exit/In. The annual concert event, which takes place in Nashville and other cities, is now in its fifth year. The event publicizes the international movement to induct Gram Parsons into the Country Music Hall of Fame. (The online petition can be found at

Booking for the show has just begun. “So far the only bands I’ve booked are Donna Frost and Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels, who will do a 20-minute open and come back for a full set of Gram material,” Will James said. Other artists who have played the show in the past include The Burritos (featuring Chris James and Walter “Magnet and Steel” Egan) and Chris James’ The Gram Band.

A lengthier interview with Will James will be posted on ‘Underground Nashville’ later this week.

R.I.P. Chris Ethridge

In another Gram Parsons-related news item, Underground Nashville extends our sincere sympathy to the family, friends, and fans of Chris Ethridge, who passed away on Monday in Meridian, Mississippi.  Along with Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman, Mr. Ethridge was a founding member of the Flying Burrito Brothers in the late 1960s. One of his many claims to fame was that he wrote the music for the Flying Burrito Brothers’ classic “Hot Burrito #1,” which Gram Parsons then wrote the lyric for and recorded all in the same night.  Chris Hillman is on record as saying he believes “Hot Burrito #1” is the best song Gram Parsons ever (co-)wrote and Gram’s best-ever vocal. Chris Ethridge will be sorely missed.

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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