Winter Haven's Country Rock Pioneer Gram Parsons Honored Feb. 16

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If you didn’t know it yet, Florida has produced a lot of incredible musicians – Gloria Estefan, Tom Petty, and Ray Charles among them.

Another you may not know about is Gram Parsons, the Winter Haven singer/songwriter/guitarist who helped create a genre of music known as ‘country rock’ through his work with The Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers.

Even if you don’t know about him now, Bob Kealing does. Orlando's Kealing is a Florida fanatic who has also written books about Floridians Jim Morrison and Jack Kerouac and Tupperware’s marketing genius Brownie Wise. He’s just completed ‘Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock,’ which looks at Parsons’ formative years in Winter Haven and how Florida helped shape his musical style – which in turn helped shape the course of music history.

Bob’s a great guy, and on Feb, 16 at 3 p.m. he’ll be hosting a discussion about Gram and his contributions to American music at The Shop in Winter Haven (329 W. Central Avenue) followed by a book signing at the Winter Haven Public Library. You can see more at this special Facebook page.

Even though Parsons died in 1973 at the age of 26, his life had amazing substance.

And Bob Kealing can tell you all about it.

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