This Old Town is Filled with Sin

When I blogged about my Flying Burrito Brothers t-shirt I mentioned I had another Gram Parsons inspired outfit on the way once I got something back from the shoe repair. Well, it’s back! And it’s not shoes. It’s a jacket.


On Gram’s tour with the Fallen Angels, a group of fans calling themselves the Sin City Boys (after the Burrito song, “Sin City”) bore patches reading “Sin City” and gifted patches to Gram and Emmylou Harris. Linda Ronstadt, who was also touring with Gram, requested a patch as well. Gram later requested one for his road manager Phil Kaufman. Kaufman still wears his (as seen in the Gram documentary Fallen Angel), but his vest also features a Sweetheart of the Rodeo patch. In 2003 Kaufman produced Grand Theft Parsons, the highly fictionalized account of his legendary escapade of cremating Gram’s body, where Kaufman, played by Johnny Knoxville, wore a jean vest featuring the same patches. While it’s easy to have a love/hate relationship with Kaufman, I thought this combination of the two patches was really great, and when I found out both patches were available on-line (and from Chris Hillman no less!), I instantly ordered them. So why the shoe repair? I personally didn’t have enough faith in myself or my sewing machine to sew the patches on myself. Shoe repair shops are known for doing more than just shoes. I’ve had mine do patches, as well as leather repair on jackets.

Shortly after my visit to Joshua Tree I was scrolling through Instagram and came upon the turquoise cross necklace. It reminded me so much of the back of Gram’s infamous Nudie suit, which featured a large cross with bursts radiating out of it. It is yet another one of those items I own that I have bought right off of Instagram, from Portland’s own Wanderlust.

Jacket: Buffalo Exchange, but with patches from Chris Hillman, and sewn on by Dorian’s.
Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels Tee: Worn Free
Skirt & Boots: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Tooled Leather Belt: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Necklace: Wanderlust, Portland, Oregon
Bracelet: Some antique show…
Ring: Ray’s Ragtime, Portland, Oregon

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