Parsons wrote this song with Burrito bass player Chris Ethridge while the band was residing in their San Fernando Valley house famously dubbed "Burrito Manor." The song, like the album The Gilded Palace of Sin
, barely registered on the music world of 1969 - there was a lot going on that year. However, those who did hear it quickly established a cult following for the band - that includes musicians such as Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.
The Flying Burrito Brothers are one of those acts more legendary within the music industry than in the consumer base. Gram Parsons came from The Byrds, while Ian Dunlop and Mickey Gauvin came from the International Submarine Band. At their peak, they were hob-nobbing with Keith Richards and opening for the Rolling Stones at the Altamont concert, which became a pivotal moment in the 1970 film Gimme Shelter
. Most surviving members leaving this group went on to found or join other bands.
This album is cited as a major influence on the Eagles, as well as being a cornerstone of the New Traditionalist movement in mainstream Country music, influencing future artists such as Travis Tritt, Vince Gill
, Alan Jackson, Clint Black, and Randy Travis.