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Sweetheart of the Rodeo was released on 30 August 1968.

21-year-old Gram Parsons had joined the Byrds (which consisted of Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and recently hired Kevin Kelley at that time) in February and quickly dominated, pushing the group to make a country record.

The record was a commercial failure, rejected by the Byrds’ old fans and ignored or dismissed with hostility by Nashville (where they had recorded the album in March 1968). The band concluded their stay in Nashville with a live performance at the Grand Ole Opry, where they were booed and heckled by an openly hostile audience.

Back in Los Angeles, McGuinn replaced Parsons’ vocals on “The Christian Life”, “You Don’t Miss Your Water”, and “One Hundred Years from Now,” fearing that Parsons was too dominant on the album and in the band.

Parsons quit the Byrds in July 1968, saying he could not accompany them to South Africa due to his opposition to apartheid. Others have speculated that the true reason was that Parsons wanted to hang out with Keith Richards (which he did, helping take the Rolling Stones in a more country direction).

1. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (Bob Dylan)

2. I am a Pilgrim (traditional)

3. The Christian Life (Charlie Louvin, Ira Louvin)

4. You Don’t Miss Your Water (William Bell)

5. You’re Still on My Mind (Luke McDaniel)

6. Pretty Boy Floyd (Woody Guthrie)

1. Hickory Wind (Bob Buchanan, Gram Parsons)

2. One Hundred Years from Now (Gram Parsons)

3. Blue Canadian Rockies (Cindy Walker)

4. Life in Prison (Merle Haggard, Jelly Sanders)

5. Nothing Was Delivered (Bob Dylan)

In The Misty Moonlight
Dean Martin
In The Misty Moonlight

Dean Martin – In the Misty Moonlight

(recorded 1964, released 1967)

This Country Sunday, we’ve got Dean Martin–not your typical cowboy type, I know–covering a song by country music songwriter Cindy Walker.

Hat tip to Singing in the Wire, who compiled a bunch of Cindy Walker covers some time ago. Tracklisting here, though the download is no longer available. (shucks)