Gram Parsons Festival/Concert Returns to Douglas Corner


Event: Gram Parsons InterNational VII Nashville
Venue: Douglas Corner Café
Date: November 7 and 8, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Door: $10/Friday; $5/Saturday w/ tkt from Friday, otherwise $10

Douglas Corner Café again will proudly host the annual international festival that recognizes the genre-bending musical contributions of Gram Parsons—the “Cosmic American Music” artist who died more than 40 years ago, but whose fan base and musical influence grows with each new generation.

The Gram Parsons InterNational VII Nashville festival will be held November 7 and 8 at Douglas Corner, with bands playing Friday night and acoustic/singer-songwriter sets on Saturday.

Performers This Year (not in order of appearance*):

Ray Harris & the BSOBs

Larry Sepulvado and the Sin City Band

(one of the original Sin City Boys and featuring former members The Jordanaires, with whom Elvis Presley and many others recorded)

The Shelby Bottom String Band w/ Barry & Holly Tashian

(Barry Tashian recorded with Gram Parsons. He also played with The Remains, who opened for the Beatles on their final American tour)

Billy Ray Herrin, a close friend of Gram’s from Waycross, Georgia, where Gram grew up

Rachel Brown and the Beatnik Playboys

Tokyo Rosenthal

Donna Frost

Chris Watts Band

The Carmonas

Jerry Mincey, from Gram’s hometown of Winter Haven, FL

The Tangled Hearts

Don Pedigo and Grand Persons

Jacques And The Valdanes

Bobby Dove

Mac Leaphart

Ron Dometrovich

Among several special guest will be Phil Kaufman—former road manager for the Rolling Stones and Gram Parsons—who infamously stole Gram Parsons’ body after his death and burned it in the Joshua Tree National Monument, believing he was fulfilling Parsons’ wishes.


Why does Gram Parsons matter so much to so many Music City and worldwide music fans? Parsons is consistently listed in Rolling Stones’ “100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” but is one of a handful on that list not in either the Country Music Hall of Fame or the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Although he died more than 40 years ago, two premiere music magazines (Uncut and Mojo) did cover stories on him to mark the 40th anniversary of his death. Dead by the time he was 26, he has had more books written about him than many more famous musicians. Currently, there is an online petition to induct him into the Country Music Hall of Fame (begun by Gram Parsons InterNational), which is closing in on 12,000 signatures and comments from ardent fans around the world.

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David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/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,” both now available at and Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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