Shelby Ash Presents

HiLLBiLLY ROBOT: Gram Parsons & The Byrds "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" Tribute

Featuring: Misisipi Mike & The Midnight Gamblers

Sat Feb 1, 2014
Plough & Stars
$10 - $15
Music, Country Music, Music Festivals


This year’s SHELBY ASH BIRTHDAY BASH plays tribute to Gram Parsons & The Byrds “Sweetheart of the Rodeo”, one of the all-time great country-rock records ever made. Local country-rock band Misisipi Mike & The Midnight Gamblers along with special guests; Adam Roszkiewicz (Front Country), Jeremi Rebecca, Avi Vincour, Jeremy D’Antonio (Tiny Television), and Vandella play the album in its entirety, plus a handful of 70s inspired country music- Johnny, George, Waylon, Willie, and Merle!

When I first moved to SF some 18 years ago, I looked around town for some genuine hillbilly music, like the music I grew up listening to in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, and one night I stumbled upon "Hillbilly Hayride" a monthly series at the Make-Out Room hosted by the one and only Misisipi Mike. Mike will never admit it, but he's a hero for local country/Americana music and the hardest workin’ man on the local music scene.
Featuring the best looking country boys this side of Misisipi Mike: Misisipi Mike Wolf (Misisipi Rider, The Bootcuts), Mike Anderson (Hang Jones, The Cowlicks, 77 el Deora, Tiny Television, Victoria George), Kyle O’Brien (The Earl Brothers, Kelly McFarling, O’Brien Family), Ian Taylor Sutton (Heartache Sisters), and Kyle Caprista (Chuck Prophet, Elliot Randall, Lia Rose).
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SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO is the sixth album by American rock band The Byrds and was released on August 30, 1968 on Columbia Records. Recorded with the addition of country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons, it was influential as the first major country-rock album by an established act and represented a stylistic move away from the psychedelic rock of the band's previous recordings. The Byrds had occasionally experimented with country music on their four previous albums, but Sweetheart of the Rodeo represented their fullest immersion into the genre thus far. The album was also responsible for bringing Gram Parsons, who had joined The Byrds prior to the recording of the album, to the attention of a mainstream rock audience for the first time. Thus, the album can be seen as an important chapter in Parsons' personal and musical crusade to make country music fashionable for a young audience.
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