The reviews are in folks! critics are loving the new highlights edition of The Girl From Chickasaw County :
Shindig! ***** – An essential best of, Bobbie Gentry remains impossible to resist
American Songwriter ***** – A classy, indispensable portrait of Bobbie Gentry’s short but influential career
MOJO **** – A concentrated shot of singer songwriter’s dizzying scope
Record Collector **** – supremely versatile, she was also a huge songwriting talent
Pop Matters 9/10 – One could drop the needle anywhere and be mesmerized by Gentry’s rich and diverse talents
Daily Express **** – Showcases her stunning voice
The 2CD and 2 LP compilation is out now and the LP edition comes with a limited edition print over at the Udiscovermusic store.
Following on from the huge success of 2018’s now sold-out The Girl From Chickasaw County Box Set, comes The Girl From Chickasaw County Highlights From The Capitol Masters which aims to be the ultimate ‘all killer, no filler’ Bobbie Gentry 2 LP & 2 CD compilation. It features treasures from the Grammy nominated Box Set including selections from all 7 of Gentry’s studio albums, supplemented by the cream of the previously unreleased recordings including tracks from her ‘lost’ jazz album The Windows Of The World that was a standout vinyl release of RSD 2021. For more info and the tracklisting head to our album page. Pre-order here.
For 10 seasons, the Berkeley-born record store chain Amoeba Music has been exploring the myriad muses of famous patrons with the web series “What’s In My Bag?” The latest episode features Margo Price, the American country singer-songwriter, who picks the Bobbie boxset The Girl From Chickasaw County as one of her top releases. You can watch the video on YouTube and skip forward to around 3.20 to see her dish on Bobbie and the boxset.
Fans will already know of Margo’s love for Bobbie from the Mercury Rev album The Delta Sweete Revisited for which she recorded ‘Sermon’ and ‘Louisiana Man’ as it’s B-side when the track was issued as a single. The deluxe edition of Margo’s new album That’s How Rumors Get Started also features a cover of ‘He Made A Woman Out Of Me’.
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.