Gram Parsons and the International Submarine Band – “Millers Cave” from Safe at Home 
If you need proof that Gram Parsons invented country rock, look no further than this Cowboy Jack Clement cover from GP’s one and only LP with the ISB. Indeed, the whole album has a killer shuffle that never breaks down and, more importantly, never betrays its roots (love that twinkling piano). Special credit is due drummer Jon Corneal and future Parsons collaborator Chris Ethridge on bass.
While GP’s songwriting and vocal performances aren’t nearly as pained or expressive as later recordings with the Byrds, Burritos, and by himself, Safe at Home confirms that his winning streak began very early on.
Parsons lived only five years after the release of this album. I have been thinking about how premature deaths in music (and art generally) add to the myth of greatness. Is it truly “better to burn out than to fade away” as my man Neil Young puts it? Please weigh in.
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