by Bill Forman
Local Gram Parsons devotees are in luck this week — at least to the degree that people obsessed with a country-rock legend who died at the age of 26 nearly four decades ago are likely to be.
Over the next couple nights, you can go catch two great box-state troubadours who are carrying on in the tradition of the late musician whose Grevious Angel ushered in an era of what he liked to call "cosmic American music".
First, there's Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels, who are coming to SouthSide Johnnys tonight (tonight being Thursday). I caught the group opening for Slim Cessna at the Bluebird Theater this past New Year's Eve, and can vouch for the veracity of the claim that Prestwood's croon is "drenched in the honest twang that made Gram Parsons and Hank Williams household names."
And then there's the J. Miller Band's CD release show this Friday at the Lon Chaney Theatre. You can read an interview with Jason Miller in this week's Indy (or online here), where he talks about Parsons' influence and Miller's own pilgrimage to the mystical Joshua Tree National Park in his honor.
In the meantime, here are a few videos to bring you up to speed: