Added Mar 2004

GENE PARSONS

A rare opportunity to see a solo concert by the former Byrd, Nashville West, Flying Burrito Brother, innovative West Coast string bending country rocker!

Gene Parsons is appearing in the Community Room at Lincoln Central Library on Friday 23rd April 2004. Acoustic support slot from Nettleham based "Ploughmens Bunch" (www.ploughmensbunch.blogspot.com).

Doors open at 7pm and tickets are priced at £7. The concert is seated and drinks/refreshments will be on sale. Tickets can be booked from Steve Jackson (via email - hit the reply button) who lives in Nettleham or telephone Steve on Lincoln 824563. Capacity for the seated concert is 80. This email list has been culled from a number of sources that provide live gig information. More information on Gene at www.stringbender.com

Gene Parsons Biography

Gene Parsons grew up on the family homestead in the Mojave Desert, learning to play the banjo in a cavernous, old, empty water tank and working in his dad's machine shop. A talented musician, multi- instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and recording artist as well as an inventor, master machinist, steam enthusiast and motorcycle mechanic.

In the early 60's he played bass and drums with the Castaways and then with Cajun Gib & Gene. He went on to help form the groundbreaking country/rock band Nashville West with Gib Gilbeau and guitar innovator Clarence White. "Nashville West," which Parsons produced and engineered, was selected by Guitar Player magazine as one of most influential country albums of all time.

In 1967, inspired by Clarence White's guitar playing, Parsons invented and patented the StringBender, a guitar accessory that is now used by thousands of country and rock artists including Marty Stuart, The Eagles, Jimmy Page and Metallica.

Parsons (and Clarence White) joined the Byrds in 1968 and helped the immensely popular hit-making band become legendary live performers. Parsons recorded five albums with the Byrds on which he played drums, banjo, guitar, pedal steel, harmonica, and sang. He has also recorded with many other artists including Arlo Guthrie, Randy Newman, the Everly Brothers, and the Rolling Stones. Gene has also played, toured and recorded with his legendary namesake Gram Parsons.

In 1973 Parsons left the Byrds to record his own album "Kindling" with Warner Brothers. He joined the Flying Burrito Brothers for a time, touring and recording two albums. By 1978 he was ready to spend some time at his steam-powered shop in Caspar, California working on guitar inventions and other machine projects. His solo album "Melodies" was recorded in 1980. In 1986 he wed silver-voiced singer/songwriter Meridian Green. They have performed throughout the United States and Europe both as a duo and with a full band. A Parsons Green duet album "Birds Of A Feather" has received critical and popular acclaim. Parsons' newest patented guitar accessories are Fender's Parsons/Green B-Bender and the new Acoustic StringBender.

Regularly touring the USA and UK, he has continued to record with Meridian Green, releasing the best selling 'Live From Caspar' and a recording of his first ever solo concert ' I Hope they let us in'. The last year has seen Gene concentrating on his solo career and on session work, currently working on the long overdue follow-up to 'Kindling' and 'Melodies' solo records.

GENE PARSONS – Discography

Arlo Guthrie The Last of the Brooklyn Cowboys Drums

Arlo Guthrie - Drums, Harmonica

Beppe Gambetta - Vocals, Harmony Vocals

Elliott Murphy - Drums, Vocals, Vocals (Background)

Gib Guilbeau - Drums, Vocals

Julian Dawson - Arranger, Drums, Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Steel), Spoons, Producer, Harmony Vocals, Hi String Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Banjo, Bass, Harmonica, Mandolin, Percussion, Pedal Steel

Karen Almquist - Vocals

Nashville West - Arranger, Drums, Vocals, Producer, Engineer, Tenor (Vocal)

Phil Ochs

Randy Newman - Drums

Randy Newman - Drums

Randy Newman - Drums

Sneaky Pete Kleinow Sneaky Pete - Drums

The Byrds - Drums, Vocals, 5-string Banjo, Guitar

The Byrds - Drums

The Byrds - Drums, Guitar (Rhythm), Guitar (Steel), Vocals, Producer, Drums (Snare), 5-string Banjo, Harmonica, Pedal Steel

The Byrds - Drums

The Byrds - Drums, Drums (Snare), Photography

The Byrds - Drums, Vocals

The Court and Spark

The Everly Brothers

The Flying Burrito Brothers - Drums

The Flying Burrito Brothers - Drums, Vocals

The Flying Burrito Brothers

The Flying Burrito Brothers - Drums

The Flying Burrito Brothers - Drums

The Flying Burrito Brothers Sin City

The Flying Burrito Brothers Burrito Country

The Flying Burrito Brothers Close Encounters to the West Coast

The Flying Burrito Brothers Live from Tokyo

Various Artists - Drums, Vocals (Background)

Various Artists - Drums

Gene Parsons Kindling

Gene Parsons The Kindling Collection

Gene Parsons Melodies

Parsons Green Birds of a Feather

Parsons Green Live From Caspar

Meridian Green In the heart of this town

Haywire Bluegrass Chrismas