The Girl from Chickasaw County

I’m a signed up member of the Bobbi Gentry Fanclub and it seems I’m not alone as there is now a box set of her work that has just been released entitled The Girl from Chickasaw  County.  If that’s too much Gentry for you, I recommend the album ‘Touch ’em with love’ or failingly that …

Modern Country

It’s always exciting to discover a new artist who up to this point has been utterly unknown to you. I know now that William Tyler is not exactly new and has released several albums before this but this is the first one that’s come to my attention and it’s beauty. Spare instrumental country that is …

Suicide Song

Over the summer, I discovered the 1967 hit song ‘Ode to Billie Joe’ by Bobbie Gentry. It won a Grammy for Gentry, one of the first female country singers to write her own material. What is fascinating about this song is that it’s basically about a mother casually announcing at dinner that a friend of …