Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons tells the fascinating story of the original cosmic cowboy who lived fast and died young.

The creative force behind some of the most important recordings of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Parsons pioneered country rock with The Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo, schooled the Rolling Stones in American roots music, created The Flying Burrito Brothers and recorded two classic solo albums, GP and Grievous Angel, with his musical protégé, Emmylou Harris.

Gram Parsons was just 26 when he died, overdosing on morphine and tequila. His death and the bizarre theft of his body by his road manager and its subsequent burning in the desert, turned Parsons’ life and music into a legend.

Celebrated Australian performer Jordie Lane tackled the role of the man who, to this day, is hailed as the patron saint of alt-country and roots. Jordie’s connection to Gram Parsons runs deep. He wrote much of his latest album in Room 8 where Parsons died, and even released one of Gram’s songs: I Just Can’t Take It Anymore.

Australian songstress Clare Reynolds played Emmylou Harris. With an empathetic band behind them, they enacted the story of Gram’s life, punctuated by his heartfelt songs including Love Hurts, That’s all Right Momma, Streets of Baltimore, and over a dozen more hits.

Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons is written and directed by Michael Bate, the last man to ever record an interview with him (in March 1973, six months before he died). The theatrical concert gives a unique insight into Gram’s thoughts and passions on life and music, as expressed in his final interview.



  • 2012 – Melbourne Athenaeum Theatre (2 week season)