Special to the Enterprise
The three headliners for the 16th annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival have stood in the dim light, right on the edge of the spotlight, during their musical careers.Each of the three, who have connections to some of the biggest stars of country-rock music, will be center-stage at the three-day festival, which runs from Friday to Sunday at the Okefenokee Fairgrounds in Waycross.
The late Parsons, who spent part of his childhood in Waycross, was a pioneer of country-rock, writing and performing such standards as “Hickory Wind” and “One Hundred Years From Now” and performing with The Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers and as a solo artist.Ian Dunlop, an early bandmate of Parson in The International Submarine Band, will take to the festival’s main stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Dunlop, from Cornwall, England, also came up with the Flying Burrito Brothers name, by which a loose cast of Los Angeles musicians became known in the 1960s.
Former Emmylou Harris backup singer Fayssoux Starling McLean will go on ahead of Dunlop at 5:40 p.m. and singer-songwriter Levi Lowrey will perform Friday at 10:20 p.m.Harris toured with Parsons before his death in 1973 at age 26.“In the early 1970s, following the untimely death of Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris continued Gram’s vision of country music with attitude by forming The Hot Band and taking her show on the road,” festival host and promoter Dave Griffin said.