This week on RecoveryPeople, it's South By Southwest (SXSW) time here in Austin, Texas and what better time to get to know a true pioneer in the music industry... Behind every legendary musical force there tends to be another legendary talent... if you have ever wondered who that muse is for people like Keith Richards, EmmyLou Harris and others, you will find the name, Gram Parsons, the Father of Country Rock. His brief career has been described as enourmously influential. He blended rock and country to the point that they were indistinguishable and he was the first to do so.
It has been nearly 40 years since Gram Parsons died at age 26 of an overdose at Joshua Tree leaving behind his daughter, Polly Parsons. Today, Polly is becoming a legend herself helping people in recovery from addiction. She operates Hickory Wind Ranch, sober living homes in Austin, Texas and is the President of the Gram Parsons Foundation keeping her father's musical legacy alive.
Polly and Benchmark Recovery Center are hosting a free day party at SXSW on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 and a VIP fundraiser benefiting the Gram Parsons Foundation that night. Tickets are available at www.gramparsonsfoundationvip.eventbright.com
RecoveryPeople recently sat down with Polly to hear her amazing history and her inspiring present...