Artist: Gram Parsons Track: "A Song for You" Album: GP/Grievous Angel Listen

My friend Scott Sikon recently thanked me profusely for turning him on to Gram Parsons, and his genuine enthusiasm for the birth of alt-country gave me renewed hope that I could put something with pedal steel on this blog and not have people erase it from their favorite list. Still, it's risky.

Parsons, for the lame, was a monumental figure in the California rock scene that became increasingly fascinated with traditional country by Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings, Lefty Frizzell and, to some extent, Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys. It gave birth to bands like Eagles, and Parsons' own Flying Burrito Brothers. Today, you can hear the same mix in bands like Wilco. Well, when Tweedy's sad, at least.

As a whole, I'll take FBB's The Gilded Palace of Sin over any Parsons studio album, but this track is probably my favorite of his prolific catalog, the swan song of a genius who was dead of a drug overdose by age 26 but never forgotten.