Hiding In Shadows

The Flying Burrito Brothers cover version of James Carr’s The Dark End Of The Street (written by Dan Penn and Chips Moman) is where Gram Parsons made good his promise of country-soul perfection. Not a note out of place and a heart-wrenching vocal.

The Dark End Of The Street

The Older Guys Really Got It All Worked Out

The older I get, the truer I like to think that line becomes.

Country-rock legend Gram Parsons is one of those ‘you must like him’ people and some of his solo stuff is pretty good but his band The Flying Burrito Brothers are the real deal, especially the first album (The Gilded Palace Of Sin) which has any number of standout songs- Hot Burrito #1, Hot Burrito #2, Sin City, The Dark End Of The Street (pretty much invented splicing country and soul), Christine’s Tune. The follow up, Burrito Deluxe, isn’t nearly as good but does contain this song, a rollicking celebration of the good ole boys down the bar, though the line about them ‘getting the ladies with their style, the older guys squeeze them til it makes them smile’ sounds more like sexual harassment now than maybe it did back in 1970.