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"Won't you scratch my itch sweet Annie Rich
And welcome me back to town
Come out on your porch or I'll step into your parlour
And I'll show you how it all went down
Out with the truckers and the kickers and the cowboy angels
And a good saloon in every single town"

- GP (1973)

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The Country Music Hall of Fame is the biggest attraction in Nashville, the country music capital of the world. Even if you're not really into country and western, this huge museum is the must-visit place in Nashville. And if you are somewhat interested in the genre (or in American music in general) it is heaven.

This picture shows Gram Parsons' famous Nudie suit .

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NUDIE COHN (December 15, 1902 – May 9, 1984), was an American tailor and fashion desinger famous for his decorative rhinestone-covered suits, known popularly as "Nudie Suits". He was born Nuta Kotlyarenko to a Jewish Ukranian family and made his fame and fortune in the country and rodeo fashion business.

This particular suit that Gram had designed for himself has been interpreted as a sort of eerie timeline leading up to his death, displaying his teetering between sinfulness and faith. Very, very country!

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GRAM PARSONS (November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973) revolutionized country music in the early seventies, though this was only recognized after his death. He recorded with the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers, but his finest work is on his two amazing solo albums. Most songs on those albums are sung in duet with the divine Emmylou Harris (who makes her debut on these albums).

His relatively short career was described by AllMusic as "enormously influential" for country and rock, "blending the two genres to the point that they became indistinguishable from each other."

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song title reference: Gram Parsons

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