The end of a year is always a time of reflection on the past, which is why pretty much every music publication has been running some variant on the Best of 2018 for the last three weeks. A column dedicated […]
When I saw Don McLean in concert some years ago, he introduced “American Pie” by mentioning that people often asked him what the song meant. “It means,” he noted after a pause, “that I never have to work again.” Bobbie […]
ODE TO BOBBIE GENTRY: CELEBRATING A LIVING LEGEND TRIBUTE SHOW FOR COUNTRY MUSIC CULT HEROINE OCTOBER 30TH AT THE BELLHOUSE IN BROOKLYN In 1967, Bobbie Gentry released the Billboard chart topping and Grammy-winning single, “Ode to Billie Joe,” and […]
Imagine being Glen Campbell. Forging an early and brilliant career as a musician which means that all your life you’ll be a guitarist’s guitarist. Recording prolifically as part of the global A-Team of session musicians which was Nashville’s Wrecking Crew. […]
It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day I was out choppin’ cotton, and my brother was balin’ hay And at dinner time we stopped and walked back to the house to eat And mama hollered out […]
Despite charting a clutch of country and pop hits some three decades ago, as well as hosting her own prime-time TV hour, Bobbie Gentry is remembered, at this remove, as a one-hit wonder. But what a record it was, an […]
A great smoky, sexy and smart singer-songwriter, Bobbie Gentry has seemed doomed to be remembered as a one-hit wonder for, of course, the provocative international smash “Ode To Billie Joe”. The bulk of her work has not been available for […]
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