Those fans based in New York will not want to miss Ode to Bobbie Gentry: Celebrating a Living Legend which takes place on 30/10/2018 at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Hosted by Julie Klausner the show features Jill Sobule, Ted Leo, Laura Cantrell, Jean Grae, Tammy Faye Starlite, Eszter Balint, Nath Ann Carrera, Josh Kantor, Phil D’Agostino, & other Special Guests.
It’s sure to be a great night, and Tara Murtha who is producing the event will also be screening some of her rare Vegas footage of Bobbie, making this an unmissable night for fans! Tickets can be purchased here.
RIP Tony Joe White. Tony reigned supreme as one of the true masters of funky bluesy swamp rock. The singer/songwriter/guitarist unexpectedly passed away today aged 75.
Tony directly credited Bobbie’s ‘Ode To Billie Joe’ with turning him into a songwriter. Discussing the genesis of his first composition ‘Polk Salad Annie’ he recalled “I heard ’Ode to Billie Joe’ on the radio and I thought, man, how real, because I am Billie Joe, I know that life. I’ve been in the cotton fields. At that time I was doing a lot of Elvis and John Lee Hooker onstage with my drummer. No original songs, and I hadn’t really thought about it. But after I heard Bobbie I sat down and thought … well I know about polk because I had ate a bunch of it and I knew about rainy nights because I spent a lot of rainy nights in Marietta, Georgia. So I was real lucky with my first tries to write something that was not only real and hit pretty close to the bone, but lasted that long. So it was kind of a guide for me then on through life to always try to write what I know about.”
Tony and Bobbie later became friends and he guested on her 1971 BBC TV series. In one of his last interviews he said that some years later “she wrote me a letter and said, ‘We’ll still get together, maybe, and try to write the song we were talking about. But right now, I’m pulling away from the music business.’ I framed that letter. I still have it in my studio. Hand-wrote.”
The Guardian have a new piece on Bobbie by the journalist and musician Bob Stanley “She seems a very modern figure, a pioneer for women in pop…” check it out here.
Check out the great new piece by James Reed in the LA Times on Bobbie’s career and the new boxset: ‘Bobbie Gentry Gets Her Due’. James spoke to compiler Andrew Batt for the piece and in a separate article Andrew introduces his ten favourite unreleased tracks from the boxset: ‘Beyond ‘Ode to Billie Joe’ Listen to Bobbie Gentry’s 10 essential unreleased songs’. Readers outside the U.S. won’t be able to see the article, but can read it here: LA Times James Reed articles on Bobbie Gentry
It’s time to celebrate! A week after release, The Bobbie Gentry boxset The Girl From Chickasaw County has debuted at no. 1 on the official UK Country Music Chart in the compilation category. Thanks to all the fans that have supported this release!
At last the wait is over! The Bobbie Gentry boxset The Girl From Chickasaw County is out now. This major retrospective includes all seven of Bobbie’s studio albums sensitively re-mastered from the original tapes, supplemented by over 75 previously unreleased recordings, all housed in a beautiful package. For purchase and streaming options, head here!
Watch our trailer featuring rare BBC footage below.
The Great reviews for ‘The Girl From Chickasaw County’ boxset continue!
Sunday Times: Must have re-issue ‘Her talent for richly detailed songwriting roamed far and wide, as this fascinating box set shows.’
The Times: 5/5 ‘One of the most underrated songwriters of the 20th century, This handsome box set is a fitting tribute.’
The Sun: 4 1/2 / 5 ‘This sumptuous, beautifully curated box set rounds up all of her releases. A hidden treasure’.
Daily Mirror: 4/5 ‘This long overdue expansive eight-disc set shows her legacy is so much more than ‘Ode To Billie Joe’.
Daily Mail: 4/5 ‘This eight-disc CD retrospective is a fitting tribute to her enigmatic talent.’
Record Collector: 5/5 ‘A powerhouse of a woman, and a wonderful compilation to celebrate that.’
HiFi Choice: 5/5 ‘Brings her legacy sharply back into focus; what emerges is a revelation.’
The Arts Desk: Re-issue of the week ‘The Girl From Chickasaw County amply makes it clear that Gentry is a significant artist and this essential box set renders Bobbie Gentry more fascinating than ever’.
Shindig!: 5/5, ‘The box would be a formidable collection in it’s own right, but the rare and unreleased material make it unmissable – a stunning feat of excavation from compiler Andrew Batt’.
Music Week: ‘A strong and intriguing collection. Gentry was a versatile performer, with pop, soul, swamp funk, jazz and blues influences.’
AllMusic: 4 1/2 / 5 ‘The rarities deepen her work and add to the mystery, making The Girl from Chickasaw County a box set as endlessly beguiling as Bobbie Gentry herself.’
Check out the great new piece by Jeanette Leech on Bobbie’s career and pioneering spirit: ‘Why there is so much more to Bobbie Gentry than ‘Ode To Billie Joe’’ at udiscover
The first reviews are in for The Girl From Chickasaw County box set.
Uncut 9/10 “The previously unreleased material offers further fascinating insights… Gentry’s brilliance leaves you lamenting what she might have gone on to achieve.”
Mojo 4/5 “Shining a dark light on the other Bobbie Gentry…All the (re-mastered studio albums) are reason to invest in this retrospective, but the real clincher is the rare and unreleased recordings.”
Jeremy Roberts talks to boxset compiler Andrew Batt about the forthcoming 8cd set and all things Bobbie in his article for Medium.com “Bobbie Gentry’s archivist explores colossal ‘Girl from Chickasaw County’ box set”