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Celebrating Gram Parsons, Amoeba Music, and RSD Black Friday

The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to spotlight the release of Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels-The Last Roundup: Live from Bijou Café in Philadelphia March 16th 1973 with a panel moderated by Variety’s Chris Willman featuring Polly Parsons (Daughter of Gram Parsons) and David Prinz (Co-Founder of Amoeba Music). A performance from Sierra Ferrell will follow. This release is a highlight of the titles coming to record stores as part of RSD Black Friday on November 24, an event from the organizers of Record Store Day to shine a light on record stores during the holiday shopping season.  

In early 1973 Gram Parsons embarked on a tour to promote his recently released first solo album, GP. Gram put together a pretty great band, including the then-unknown Emmylou Harris as his singing partner. The shows were somewhat uneven at first, but by midtour the band started to find its groove. 

One show stood out to pedal steel player Neil Flanz: the third night at the Bijou Cafe in Philadelphia. Neil felt that this was the best show of the tour and requested a copy of the soundboard recording. He saved it for almost forty years, and then it was acquired by Amoeba Music for a future Gram release. It then disappeared in the Amoeba vault for another ten years before it was rediscovered when Amoeba moved to a new location in LA. 

It turns out Neil was right. This is Gram and Emmylou at their finest. And it’s one of the last performances ever of Gram and the Fallen Angels. A 50-year-old soundboard cassette offers some unique challenges, but thanks to the efforts of some of the world’s best archival sound restoration engineers, the beauty and energy of Gram, Emmylou, and the band shine through on Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels-The Last Roundup:Live from the Bijou Café in Philadelphia March 16th 1973, from Amoeba Records, coming to record stores for RSD Black Friday for the first time. For all of those who never got to experience Gram live, this is the closest we’ll ever get to being there. 

This isn’t the only bit of unexpected magic that music fans will discover on the List of titles coming November 24, as part of the RSD Black Friday celebration. It’s full of unique and exclusive releases coming from artists expressing their support and love for the independent record store. 

ABOUT POLLY PARSONS: 

Polly is a music industry veteran with over 20 years experience in the field. She is an accomplished producer/director and is passionate about helping artists and musicians find their way out of the complexities of addiction.

ABOUT DAVE PRINZ:

Dave Prinz is one of the founders of Amoeba Music and is a true believer in the power of music to heal, unite and inspire.He has spent the past 33 years striving to help keep the culture of physical music alive. Dave is an ardent and devoted Gram Parsons fan and has been on a mission to bring unheard Gram music back not into the world for all to enjoy. He is also a former North American Scrabble Champion and author of the Scrabble Dictionary. He spends his free time bodysurfing in Northern California. 

ABOUT SIERRA FERRELL: 

With her spellbinding voice and time-bending sensibilities, Sierra Ferrell makes music that’s as fantastically vagabond as the artist herself. Growing up in small-town West Virginia, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist left home in her early 20s to journey across the country with a troupe of nomadic musicians, playing everywhere from truck stops to alleyways to freight-train boxcars speeding down the railroad tracks. After years of living in her van and busking on the streets of New Orleans and Seattle, she moved to Nashville and soon landed a deal with Rounder Records on the strength of her magnetic live show. Ferrell shares a songs beautifully unbound by genre or era, instantly transporting her audience to an infinitely more enchanted world.

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