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Burritos and Byrds: A talk with Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman

uncredited writer, Helix, 4 September 1969

THE FLYING Burrito Brothers, in their own bittersweet honkytonk way, have become the subject of much foolish controversy. Hailed by numerous critics, fans, and even straight C&W artists as a breath of fresh country air in the cloying citified, low-down-and-blue world of rock, the Burritos have also been scoffed at and berated by other purist listeners as being slick and phoney rock musicians jumping on the country haywagon. These decryers all manage to make the somewhat irrelevant point that Buck Owens is just so much "truer-to-life". (It would be enlightening to hear from Owens himself on the subject of the Burritos.)

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