Gene Parsons: Kindling

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Gene Parsons: Kindling (Collector’s Choice Music, 2009)

Gene Parsons is best known as a drummer of The Byrds (1968 – 1972), but he also made two solo albums. This first one entitled Kindling is a small cult classic and thankfully it has now been reissued by Collector’s Choice Music. I’ve been waiting to hear it for several years, but the prices of the previous out-of-print releases were way too high for me. Kindling was released in 1973. Soon after he quit The Byrds and before he joined The Flying Burrito Brothers.¬† The album doesn’t completely fullfil my extremely high expectations, but it’s still a really good rootsy album that ranges from country rock balladry to bluegrassy songs that have that traditional banjo and fiddle thing going on. Beautiful country/folk rock songs Long Way Back and I Must Be A Tree are my favourites and in overall Kindling is a very fine country-flavoured album.

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