The post-Parsons stuff is worth checking out, for those who haven't done so. Not as good as the stuff with Parsons, but the self-titled and Last of the Red Hot Burritos are both very enjoyable records.
If you like Lu's beautiful blend of country, soul, folk, gospel, and rock, check out Justin Townes Earle: http://www.ctzine.com/justin-townes-earle-carries-on-the-tradition-of-americana-gospel-nothings-gonna-change-the-way-you-feel-about-me-now/
"He quit the Byrds because of that, and most people know that excuse was bullshit."...yep Parsons wanted to follow Keith Richards around like a puppy dog instead of touring with the Byrds at that point. The South Africa Apartheid thing was just a convienient excuse at the time.
Th band Gram Parsons quit because they were apparently about to tour South Africa (during apartheid) and thanks to his hanging with the Rolling Stones, he wouldn't, bless him. This was a good platform to give him his start.
My dad's old boss at the radio station he used to work at was Chris Hillman's roommate in college. Pretty damn cool, eh? Amazing musicians, Gram was perfect. Hot Burrito #1 is one of my favorite tracks ever recorded. So much emotion!
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