Music journalist Charles Donovan has written a new feature on Bobbie for Pop Matters, where he examines the impact of the boxset, and speaks to four Gentry commentators to try to understand more about her life, her music career and her decision to call it quits including; Andrew Batt (boxset compiler/producer), Tara Martha (author/journalist), Donald Bradburn (Bobbie’s choreographer), and John Cameron (Musical Director for Bobbie’s three BBC series).Check it out here.
The plaudits continue for The Girl From Chickasaw County which was voted number 1 re-issue in the 19th Annual Country Music Critics’ Poll. An interesting piece was published today on nashvillescene.com looking at Bobbie’s legacy and her retirement in context of the position of female artists in the industry today. This year’s poll was dominated by women whose artistic triumphs, haven’t always been matched by airplay, which still favors male artists despite the critical and commercial success of the women featured.
The Times have published their end of year review, and the Bobbie Gentry boxset The Girl From Chickasaw County has been chosen as their number one boxset of the year, and gets a solid gold 5* out of 5: “One of the most underrated songwriters of the 20th century… This is a fitting tribute to a great talent.”
Mojo magazine have published their end of year review, and the Bobbie Gentry boxset The Girl From Chickasaw County has been chosen as their number one re-issue of the year, ahead of stiff competition from The Beatles and Bob Dylan – hurrah! Journalist Bob Mehr interviewed boxset compiler/producer Andrew Batt and John Cameron the Musical Director of Bobbie’s BBC TV series for the article. The January issue features Kate Bush on the cover, and is on sale now.
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.’
Happy Birthday Bobbie! We are pleased to announce the forthcoming 8-cd boxset The Girl From Chickasaw County. This is the first major retrospective of this groundbreaking artist, and includes all seven of Bobbie’s studio albums sensitively re-mastered from the original tapes, supplemented by over 75 previously unreleased recordings including her ‘lost’ jazz album, outtakes, demos, rarities and an eighth disc of live performances taken from her celebrated series for the BBC. The release has specially commissioned cover art by David Downton and includes an 84-page book with a comprehensive essay by the boxset compiler Andrew Batt, rare and unseen photos, eight postcards and a facsimile of her original handwritten lyrics for ‘Ode To Billie Joe’. The boxset will be released by UMC on 21/09/2018. You can pre-order the set here, and for more information on the tracks and contents, visit our album page.