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Music Without Labels II. Gram Parsons, Vetusta Morla and Myles Sanko

Music without Labels II

Californian country rock by Gram Parsons

Indie pop by Vetusta Morla

British soul by Myles Sanko

Country Rock II: California

In the country rock movement (which emerged in the early 70s), the Californian scene had special importance. It was started by folk rock groups which, following Bob Dylan's example, created melodic and smooth country rock.

One of the first was singer-songwriter Jeff Hanna with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, where Jackson Browne played. He was followed by members of bands such as Buffalo Springfield, where Poco was born, or The Byrds, where Gram Parsons (one of this genre's best musicians) came from.

The Flying Burrito Brothers - Christine's Tune (1969)

Song written by Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons, The Byrds' ex-members. It was part of the album The Gilded Palace of Sin, one of the first country rock albums.

The Flying Burrito Brothers was formed by Gram Parsons, a creative musician who had been a member of bands such as The Shilohs, The International Submarine Band or The Byrds. The Burritos became the first electronic cowboys when they created reformist country music which mixed its roots with the hippie uprising. When they first emerged, nobody accepted them but years later they became the most imitated model. After the band's breakup in 1971, Parson released two extraordinary solo albums with his muse, Emmylou Harris.

National: Vetusta Morla

Vetusta Morla is a pop rock band from Tres Cantos (Madrid). Nine years into their music career, and faced with lack of support, they created the record label Pequeño Salto Mortal and they released their first album, Un día en el mundo (2008).

From that point onwards, they have had a meteoric career which has placed them on the top of the Spanish indie scene. They have an extensive discography which they have displayed in their impressive tours in Spain and abroad.

Vetusta Morla - Consejo de sabios (2017)

Song credited to Guillermo Galván, guitar player and the band's usual composer. It was released with the album Mismo sitio, distinto lugar and Rodrigo Guardiola directed the music video for it.

Indie is a musical subgenre of alternative rock which originated in the United Kingdom and the United States in the 1980s. Very diverse, it includes subgenres such as lo-fi, post-rock, indie pop, dream pop, noise rock, etc. "Indie" comes from the term "independent", which originally designated record labels which supported styles and musicians that were reviled by big companies. With time it has become a music industry of its own, aimed at a well-defined public and market.

International: Myles Sanko

Myles Sanko is a British soul and jazz singer-songwriter. Of Ghanaian origin, he grew up in Cambridge and was artistically educated in bands such as Bijoumiyo and Speedometer. He began his solo career in 2013.

Sanko, who has extensive musical knowledge, defines himself as a songwriter who has fun creating. He composes all his songs, writes the lyrics, and creates the rhythms and the melodies. He also designs his own album covers and records his music videos.

Myles Sanko - High on You (2015)

Song of his own authorship which opened his album Born in black & white. With this title, he expressed the dichotomy of his cultural identity: son of an African mother and a father from the north of France. 

With his album Born in black & white (2013), Myles Sanko became known in the most prestigious music scenes in Europe. Forever dreaming (2014) and Just being me (2016) complete his discography. In these albums, this British soul gentleman talks with a subtle elegance about love, hope and the hard times we live in. Backed by an impressive classic jazz band, he has performed in some of the best soul and jazz festivals in Europe, including Spain.