Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music

So, that whole "cosmic American music" thing.

What exactly was Gram Parsons getting at when he first muttered it? Each element of the term is loaded -- the cosmos are awful big. So's America. Did Parsons mean country music okay for hippies to dig and play? Rural music as informed by grass as the dirt? A melange of uniquely American musics: soul, R&B, folk, blues, western swing, and rock? Did the Flying Burrito bro mean for it to become an idea bigger than him, a sort of ambiguous legacy left behind after he space cowboy-ed his way . . .

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