Nudie Cohn and Gram Parsons in Cohn’s workshop. Photo by Raeanne Rubenstein.
I think Gram just came in the store one day, since it was the thing to do, to go to Nudie’s. If you wanted prestige, that was where you’re going to go, so these young kids would just stumble in there. Nudie took Gram under his wing, bailed him out of jail on several occasions, and did the same for the whole band. He made all their suits.
Gram looked up to him like a father figure. Raeanne Rubenstein did all these great photographs of the two of them in the store and with my grandfather’s car. Since Gram was on the religious side, his most famous suit had a big cross on the back, and at that time there was all this marijuana-smoking and pill-popping so my grandfather included those things, too.