Friday January 30th 2009, 1:51 pm
Video of the Day: Gene Parsons with Clarence White
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YouTube Preview ImageGene Parsons with Clarence White- Banjo Dog

Gene Parsons played the banjo and Clarence White played guitar and mandolin on this track that appeared on Parson’s debut solo album Kindling (1973). The two men appeared in the Byrds and Nashville West together before creating the B-Bender, a guitar accessory that enables a player to mechanically bend the B-string up a whole tone making it sound like a pedal steel guitar and giving it a country-ish sound. They were true pioneers in the country rock scene and between the two of them, went on to play with the likes of the Flying Burrito Brothers, Parsons Green, the Kentucky Colonels, Linda Rondstadt and Muleskinner. Clarence White was tragically killed, however, in 1973 by a drunken driver. His good friend, Gram Parsons (no relation to Gene), wrote the tune “In My Hour of Darkness” in his partial honor (the song was dedicated to three of Parson’s friend who had recently passed away). The verse that discusses the man who “safely strummed his silver string guitar” is devoted to White. Gram Parsons wrote:

Some say he was a star
But he was just a country boy,
His simple songs confess
And the music he had in him,
So very few possess

The Adios Lounge recently did a great retrospective on some of White’s work. Be sure to check it out here.



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