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Recommended: Return to Sin City – A Tribute to Gram Parsons

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dvdThanks to the wonder that is High Definition television, I caught “Return to Sin City – A Tribute to Gram Parsons” on INHD2 last week. It’s a celebration of the music of the late Gram Parsons, one of the forefathers of what we now (ruefully) call alt-country. You probably know Parsons best by his songs, performed with The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, and solo. Songs like “She”, “Ooh Las Vegas” and “Hickory Wind.”

For the most part, “Sin City” is a typical tribute concert, albeit with some big names. Keith Richards, Norah Jones, and Steve Earle perform to name only a few. But, it’s former Afghan Whigs vocalist Susan Marshall that steals the night. As a background singer, she can be seen throughout the show. But, when she steps behind the mic for her solo turn, it’s a special moment. If you remember her stirring renditions of “My Curse” during the 1965 tour, you will not be disappointed to hear her set “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” on fire. She also soars on “In My Hour of Darkness” with the House of Blues Gospel Choir.

If you aren’t able to catch the show’s run in INHD2, it’s also available on DVD. Susan’s performance, as well as those of Jim Lauderdale and Steve Earle, make it worth the price of admission.

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