Gram Parsons’ Birthday Hoot In Austin


The 7th Annual Gram Parsons Birthday Hoot will take place Sunday November 3 at Threadgill’s World Headquarters in Austin, Texas. An impressive collection of performers are gathering to celebrate the music of Parsons and to benefit the Americana Music Association.

Host Patterson Barrett leads the house band and invited guest artists – Jimmy Lafave, Gurf Morlix, Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay, Charlie Faye and many more – perform their favorite Gram Parsons’ songs in this annual musical homage to the man whose influence on the artists and music of the Americana movement is still felt today.

Gram Parsons, was born on November 5, 1946, as Cecil Ingram Connor III, and was a pioneer in the marriage between rock and country music. A singer, songwriter and guitarist, Parsons sold few records in his career, but was a monumental influence on fellow rock and country musicians, including the Rolling Stones and the Byrds. With the Byrds’ Chris Hillman, Parsons formed the Flying Burrito Brothers, which is often regarded as the first country rock band. Parsons dubbed his musical style ‘Cosmic American Music,’ a term which never gained popularity in mainstream terminology, but one he felt best described his music. On September 19, 1973, at the age of 26, Parsons died near Joshua Tree National Monument.

This year’s event will again benefit the Americana Music Association, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the genre of music that Parsons helped define.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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