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Encore Records Ltd

Various - Choctaw Ridge: New Fables Of The American South 1968-1973 - CD

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1 CD - UK Import

"Choctaw Ridge" explores a new country sound, one that emerged at the end of the 1960s in the wake of Bobbie Gentry's ‘Ode To Billie Joe’, a shock number one hit in 1967. When singers like Gentry, Jimmy Webb, Michael Nesmith and Lee Hazlewood moved from the south to Los Angeles to make it in the music business, they were not part of the Nashville in-crowd and they forged a new direction.

‘Ode To Billie Joe’ was the tip of the iceberg, and its success helped a bunch of singers and storytellers to emerge over the next three or four years. Suddenly, character sketches of southerners became a lot more rounded - women didn't have to stay home, or take abuse at the office, and darkness wasn’t only found at the bottom of a bottle. Storytelling is the link between all of the songs on this collection. The tracklist (featuring artists like Charlie Rich, Dolly Parton, Tony Joe White, and many others) and fulsome sleeve notes have been put together by Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne) and Martin Green (Smashing, The Sound Gallery), who have been collecting these records for decades.