Emmylou Harris, N.D. Smart, and Gram Parsons, 1973.
Born Florida 1946
As solo artist and member of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, country-rocker Gram Parsons pioneered roots music with a rock & roll attitude—a sound he called “cosmic American music”—in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Although he died in 1973 before attaining commercial success, Parsons’s stature as an icon of alternative country has grown over time.
Born Alabama 1947
Emmylou Harris was working Washington, D.C.-area folk clubs when Gram Parsons recruited her to be his singing partner. Since breaking through as a solo artist with her 1975 album, Pieces of the Sky, Harris has continued to introduce traditional country to a wider audience, while stretching the genre’s boundaries with her adventurous spirit and unique artistic vision.