Grievous Angel – The Legend of Gram Parson

by Michael Bate

The Athenaum Theatre,

From: 20 Jul 2012 To: 29 Jul 2012

Presented by:
Room 8 Productions


$39.00 previews 20 - 29th July $55.00 thereafter

8:00pm Wed - Saturday 3:00pm Sunday 7:00pm Tuesday


A compelling must see show. Grievous Angel The Legend of Gram Parsons is a 2 hour theatrical concert about the wild life and times of the original “Cosmic Cowboy” Gram Parsons. Jordie Lane channels Gram for this highly acclaimed show admirably helped out by Clare Reynolds in the role of Emmylou Harris. Originally performed in Canada and the east coast of the USA, writer Michael Bate was the last person to interview Gram prior to his untimely death.
Gram Parson was a founding member of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers. He introduced The Rolling Stones to Americana or American country music Alt – Country as it’s now called. Parsons was born into a southern gothic tragedy straight out of Tennessee Williams’ his family owned 18,000 acres of Florida orange groves, and they had all the infidelity, addiction, self-destruction and insanity money could buy. His father, ‘Coon Dog’ Connor, committed suicide when Gram was 12 years old. His mother drank herself to death five years later. His stepfather, Bob Parsons, had Gram’s younger sister, Avis, committed to a mental institution. She was later killed in a boat crash. Bob died of cirrhosis of the liver.

As for Gram, his extraordinary talent, great looks, charisma and heartbreaking voice ultimately took a back seat to a morbid compulsion to go out, like his hero, Hank Williams, in a haze of glory. On Sept. 19, 1973, in a cheap motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert. Parsons OD’d on morphine and tequila. He was 26. But in death, his tale took another bizarre turn when his road manager, Phil Kaufman, stole his body from Los Angeles airport, took it to the desert and burned it. A rock legend was born.

Parsons never had a hit record and never became a star in his lifetime, but today he is hailed the patron saint of alt-country and Americana. His influence is acknowledged by artists as disparate as Keith Richards, Elvis Costello, Steve Earle, Norah Jones, Beck, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam, REM and the Black Crowes. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him #87 on their list of the 100 Most Influential Artists of All Time. Gram has been the subject of five biographies, four tribute albums and a documentary film, Fallen Angel. This is a show not to be missed, was voted top 5 must see plays in Canada