A Seance for the Grievous Angel / Earl Maddox benefit

Pedal steel player Bill Fleming and friends invoke Gram Parsons’ spirit while raising funds to fund former Redneck Underground cohort’s cancer treatment


Local pedal steel master Bill Fleming and a number of his very talented friends (Victor Johnson, Rich DeSantis, Craig Rafuse, and more) are celebrating the life and musical legacy of Georgia boy Gram Parsons at the Arts Exchange in Grant Park. Full disclosure, I will be performing a couple of songs throughout the night as well. Considered by many to be the father of Americana, Parsons was a member of the Byrds during their Sweetheart Of The Rodeo country incarnation, part of the groundbreaking Flying Burrito Brothers, whose blend of country and rock left an indelible mark on the music world, and also released two incredible solo albums before his untimely death from an overdose at the age of 26. Read more on Parson’s life and legacy .

On Friday, October 26, the music starts around 8 p.m. or so. A $10 donation is requested at the door, and all of the proceeds go to former Atlanta musician Earl Maddox, who played drums in several Redneck Underground bands (the Diggers, the Convicts, Gregory Dean and the Bubbamatics), and has been a bit actor for over 10 years while living in New Orleans. He was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in June, and has been going through chemo and radiation treatment ever since. Cabbagetown resident Tim Lathrop also set up a website to help raise funds as well.

The Arts Exchange, 750 Kalb St. 404-624-4211.