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Posted by David Chirko on 11/18/2017, 3:48 pm
From a previous post of mine, regarding the origin(s) of country-rock, Hearts and Flowers is mentioned earlier in the paragraph I partially quoted from "America’s Music" (1996), by Robert K. Oermann. On page 201 the author states, in full, "Clarence White, Peter Rowan, John McEuen, Jerry Garcia, and Chris Hillman had all worked in California bluegrass, folk and/or country bands by the mid-'60s. Groups like Shiloh, Nashville West, Hearts and Flowers, the International Submarine Band, Dillard and Clark, and Longbranch Pennywhistle were also part of the emerging country-rock scene. But the figure who was the catalyst was Gram Parsons, and the album that defined the style was Sweetheart of the Rodeo, made when he, Hillman, and White were all members of the Byrds in 1968."
I first listened to the music of Hearts and Flowers just the other day via youtube uploads and, while I didn't find what was available that country-rock oriented, I acquiesce, that their music is, unequivocally, "startling and beautiful." I immediately made plans to order some of their material.