Gene Parsons (Part 4)
From the eighties to the new century 1982 - now

In 1983 Gene Parsons wanted to make music again. He formed the GENE PARSONS BAND with Peter Oliva, who had previously played together with Gene Clark in the KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN BAND on bass and with Richie Rosenbaum on drums. The group rehearsed a lot and played a few concerts in California. They even managed to record some demos. They wanted to send these demos to some small record companies in order to get a recording contract. Unfortunately they could not gain a contract, so these recordings stayed unreleased.

GENE PARSONS BAND - demo recordings
1983: Don't Miss Your Water / Real Life Problems / Dark Moon / Nuclear Days / California Blues / TV's Gonna Save The World (unreleased)

GENE PARSONS BAND 1982
Gene
Parsons

gtr/bjo/
pdl steel
harm/vcl
Peter
Oliva

bs/vcl
Richie
Rosenbaum

dr/pcs/vcl

In 1983 Gene Parsons rejoined his friends from the FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS. As Gib Guilbeau and John Beland were still using the band's name, they had to call themselves something else. As Skip Battin and Sneaky Pete Kleinow had the idea to play together again, they called the group BATTIN, KLEINOW & FRIENDS.

BATTIN, KLEINOW & FRIENDS 3 83
Skip
Battin
gtr/pno/vcl
Peter
Kleinow

pdl steel
Gene
Parsons

gtr/bjo/vcl
Ed
Ponder

dr/pcs

BATTIN, KLEINOW & FRIENDS 4 83
Skip
Battin
gtr/pno/vcl
Peter
Kleinow

pdl steel
Greg
Harris

gtr/bjo/fdl/vcl
Gene
Parsons

gtr/bjo/dr/vcl

After several concerts the group was able to present a really group name: PEACE SEEKERS. The group consisted of Skip Battin, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Greg Harris, Gene Parsons and Ed Ponder. Sometimes Sneaky Pete Kleinow was not able to play with the group so that Gene Parsons played a lot of pedal steel guitar.

PEACE SEEKERS 1 84-85
Skip
Battin
gtr/pno/vcl
Peter
Kleinow

pdl steel
Greg
Harris

gtr/bjo/fdl/vcl
Gene
Parsons

gtr/bjo/dr/vcl

PEACE SEEKERS 2 84-85
Skip
Battin
gtr/pno/vcl
Jim
Goodal

dr/vcl
Greg
Harris

gtr/bjo/fdl/vcl
Gene
Parsons

gtr/bjo/
pdl steel/vcl

The group played everything from rock'n'roll classics like "Alley Oop" to country- and bluegrass music. Even the BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD songs Skip Battin had played earlier in Italy were played. Gene Parsons offered the "Mercury Blues" and "Take A Whiff". After a short while Ed Ponder is replaced by Jim Goodall. The PEACE SEEKERS even manage to come to Europe in 1984 where they play a tour with Roger McGuinn. The concerts start with Roger McGuinn doing his solo acoustic material. The second set is played by the PEACE SEEKERS and in the end they all combine for some BYRDS songs.

At the end of 1984 they learn that Gib Guilbeau and John Beland had decided to finish their cooperation as the BURRITO BROTHERS.

When Skip Battin, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Jim Goodall and Greg Harris decide to pick up the name of the FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS again, Gene Parsons decides to leave. He wants to concentrate on a career with his wife Meridian Green.

Together they record the album "Birds Of A Feather". Gene Parsons is playing almost every instrument on the album. Since this time Gene Parsons and Meridian Green are touring together, mostly as an acoustic duo, sometimes they get assistance from friends. In between they find the time to release a solo album or to record with some other musicians.

PARSONS GREEN
Gene
Parsons

dr/gtr/bjo/
pdl steel
bs/harm/vcl
Meridian
Green

gtr/vcl

PARSONS GREEN - albums
1988: Birds Of A Feather (Sierra SE 4223)
2001: Live From Caspar (StringBender Records 09363 70572)

After the death of Michael Clarke Terry Rogers reassembled the group and struggled on first as BYRDS CELEBRATION. The first line up of the BYRDS CELEBRATION consists of Terry Rogers, Skip Battin, Gene Parsons and Scott Nienhaus.

BYRDS CELEBRATION 1 94
Skip
Battin
bs/vcl
Gene
Parsons

dr/gtr/bjo/
harm/vcl
Terry
Rogers

gtr/vcl
Scott Nienhaus
gtr/vcl

When Gene Parsons left after a few weeks he was replaced by Vincenzo Barrenco, an old friend of Scott Nienhaus.

Gene Parsons concentrated on building the string bender guitars, which he had invented together with Clarence White in the early nineties. Sometimes he played a concert with his wife or just alone.

Gene Parsons - album
2001: Gene Parsons - In Concert / I Hope They Let Us In (StringBender Records 09363 68762)

Meridian Green releases her solo debut "In The Heart Of This Time" in 1998. Gene Parsons plays most of the instruments and he sings the harmony vocals. Amongst the guests is also Gib Guilbeau who plays on one track the fiddle.

Gene Parsons - session
1998: Meridien Green - In The Heart Of This Town (StringBender Records 09363 66242)

Gene Parsons even found the time to record together with Joe Craven and two further musicians a bluegrass album as HAYWIRE.

HAYWIRE 1998
Gene
Parsons

gtr/bjo/harm
Joe
Craven

fdl/mdl
Bill
Douglass
bs
Will
Siegel
dobro

HAYWIRE - album
1998: Bluegrass Christmas (NatureQuest 18236 60112)

Julian Dawson, who had always been a fan of Gene Parsons, wanted to record an album together with him. They met and soon they had recorded an album together, which was released in 2002 as "Julian Dawson with Gene Parsons - Hillbilly Zen"

Julian Dawson & Gene Parsons
Gene
Parsons

dr/gtr/bjo/
pdl steel
bs/harm/vcl
Julian
Dawson
gtr/harm/vcl

Julian Dawson with Gene Parsons - album
2002: Hillbilly Zen (D: BlueRose 028466 302724)

The Stringbender business now takes most of the time for Gene Parsons.

On November 22nd 2002 the DAVID NELSON TRIO played a concert at 200 Oak Club in Ft. Bragg, California. Gene Parsons joined the group for this special concert.


photo courtsey of John Metzger, webmaster of the DAVID NELSON BAND

 

A very special thank you to Thomas Aubrunner (Austria), Steve Wisner (USA), Raffaele Galli (I) and Jean Pierre Morisset (F)