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TRIBUTE TO GRAM PARSONS AND GENE CLARK on Sun Nov 23rd 2014 at 7:30pm

 $12 advance/$15 at the door

November finds us once again saluting and celebrating the lives of two of popular music's most visionary and inspiring songwriters: Gene Clark and Gram Parsons. Truly a pair of kindred spirits, Gram and Gene were friends and fans of one another, who literally sang each other's praises.

Raised on rock'n'roll and fostered by folk music, both of their careers took flight as members of The Byrds. Gene was a founding member whose hypnotic and melancholic compositions filled the early Byrds albums. Gram joined up briefly but boldly, steering the group to Nashville, The Opry, and the seminal "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" album.

After leaving the Byrds, Gene Clark released a groundbreaking album of his own, flavored with country as well as baroque and psychedelic sounds. He then teamed with bluegrass trailblazer Doug Dillard to create some of the world's first "newgrass", before pursuing a decades-long solo career and firmly establishing himself as one of the finest singer-songwriters of all-time.

Gram Parsons went on to form the incredibly influential and flamboyant Flying Burrito Brothers with another former Byrd, Chris Hillman. He also forged a deep bond with Keith Richards and his influence can be heard in much of the Stones' output from that era and beyond. Gram eventually teamed with an unknown Emmylou Harris and completed two sterling solo albums before his untimely demise at the age of 26.

American Cosmic is Asheville's newest country-rock endeavor, an evolving cast of musicians and friends accompanying multi-instrumentalist R. Scott Murray and singer/guitarist Kate McNally. We are thrilled to be joined by some of the region's finest players and singers for this yearly celebration, including Amanda Platt, CaroMia, and members of Buncombe Turnpike, The Green Fields, Raising Caine, Sons of Ralph and more