Jordie Lane To Play Gram Parsons On Stage
News posted Tuesday, June 5 2012 at 03:00 PM.
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Melbourne songwriter Jordie Lane has already gotten closer to his hero, alt-country pioneer Gram Parsons, than most people will ever manage. Lane set up in the same Joshua Tree, California hotel room where Parsons died at age 26 – after overdosing on morphine and tequila – to record most of his second album, last year’s Blood Thinner.
In a way, though, that was merely preparation for Lane’s latest act of Parsons worship. Next month he will star as the man himself in the Australian premiere of Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons. Acting opposite Brisbane songwriter Clare Reynolds in the role of Parsons collaborator Emmylou Harris – and with a band behind them – Lane will “enact the story of Gram’s life, punctuated by his heartfelt songs including ‘Love Hurts’, That’s Alright, Mama’, ‘Streets of Baltimore’ and over a dozen more hits,” according to the press release.
Billed as a “a theatrical concert about the original cosmic cowboy” and taking its title from Parsons’ posthumous 1974 album, Grievous Angel is coming to Melbourne's Athenaeum Theatre for a 10-date run (July 20-29) after tours of Canada and the U.S. East Coast. It’s directed and co-written by Michael Bate, the last man to ever record an interview with the troubled Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers legend. It takes inspiration from that March 1973 conversation, six months before Parsons died.
“All the Gram Parsons books, films and tributes have been told from the outside looking in. We never heard Gram’s voice, his version of events,” says Bate. “So I decided to … tell the story through Gram’s own bloodshot eyes. Some of the script is based on the interview from ’73, some is an imagining of events in Gram’s life.”
As for Lane, pictured above singing at Joshua Tree, he says: “Gram Parsons has been a huge influence over my journey as a musician. He inspired me to not let genre stereotypes get in the way of making good music. It’s a great honour and privilege to be playing him on stage.”