Posted: Aug 2, 2007 2:15 pm
Two words: Chris Hillman. He's the real and for true father of that stuff. He was playing bluegrass with Vern Gosdin when Gram was still matriculating at Harvard.
Also Doug Sahm! He could do the country rock, but also R&B, garage, Tex-Mex, pop, anything he wanted to do. He was doing it around the same time, and in the same state (CA), and unlike Gram, he had a couple hits.
But that having been said, I dig Gram too, and it was a big revelation when I first heard Gilded Palace. I think everybody of a certain age has the same reaction when they hear it for the first time. I just get aggravated at all the cheesy hero worship of him from the alt-country/singer-songwriter crowds.
All of this is put better than I could manage, esp. at 8 in the a.m.