Tag Archives: Country Rock

The Country-Rock Bible – Desperados by John Einarson

DesperadosBoth a beginner’s guide and detailed enough for the connoisseur, John Einarson’s Desperados: The Roots Of Country Rock is a great read. Published in 2001, you can still get it in paperback and now available on Kindle.

Check out Einarson’s other books. He’s one of the best Rock and Roll historians out there. Exceptionally readable.


Country-Rock Hall of Fame – Gram Parsons

Many would argue that Gram Parsons should be the first inductee into any Country-Rock Hall of Fame and they would not be wrong. Gram Parsons steered the Byrds to their Sweethearts Of The Rodeo album and The Rolling Stones toward Country stylings as well. He also co-founded The Flying Burrito Brothers and brought Emmy Lou Harris into the music business and influenced two generations of Country-Rockers. Hats off to Gram Parsons, a true legend who we lost far too soon.


Year Album Chart Positions[3]
US US Country
1968 Safe at Home (International Submarine Band)
Sweetheart of the Rodeo (The Byrds) 77
1969 The Gilded Palace of Sin (Flying Burrito Brothers) 164
1970 Burrito Deluxe (Flying Burrito Brothers)
1973 GP
1974 Grievous Angel 195
1976 Sleepless Nights (Gram Parsons & the Flying Burrito Brothers) 185
1979 Early Years (1963–1965)
1982 Live 1973 (Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels)
1987 Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Loud Loud Music (Flying Burrito Brothers)
1995 Cosmic American Music
2001 Another Side of This Life: The Lost Recordings of Gram Parsons
2001 Sacred Hearts & Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology
2006 The Complete Reprise Sessions
2007 Gram Parsons Archives Vol.1: Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969
(Gram Parsons with the Flying Burrito Brothers)

Country-Rock Hall Of Fame – The Byrds

Though The Dillards and Buffalo Springfield certainly preceded our third selection to the Country-Rock Hall Of Fame The Byrds in blazing the trail of Country Rock, The Byrds took the genre to a wider audience due to their already enormous success in Rock and Roll and Folk Rock. After scoring huge hits with Mr. Tambourine Man and Turn, Turn, Turn and Eight Miles High, The Byrds membership to change, bringing in Gram Parsons and allowing Chris Hillman a larger part in the group’s direction. This resulted in The Sweethearts Of The Rodeo album. Even after Parsons and Hillman had left The Byrds to form The Flying Burrito Brothers, Roger McGuinn continued in the Country Rock direction with the brilliant Clarence White on lead guitar until the group disbanded in 1972.

Although the entire Byrds catalog can certainly be included in the Country-Rock catalog, the albums due to their early Folk background, their later albums formed the basis of their C-R legacy.

  • Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968)
  • Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde (1969)
  • Ballad of Easy Rider (1969)
  • (Untitled) (1970)
  • Byrdmaniax (1971)
  • Farther Along (1971)