Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Roger White "The Mystery Of Tallahatchie Bridge" 45
In addition to "Compared to What" there is another song that I am obsessed with, "Ode to Billie Joe". Bobbie Gentry's story of Billie Joe Macallister has had a long life and has been covered several times. This song had a real pop culture mystery appeal-why did he do it? did it happen? why?
Well like any country artist fluent in the concept of "answer records", Roger White stepped up to the plate to tell you why. Coming over a fairly straight cover of the tune, he lays out the what, wheres, and whys for a truly enjoyable twist in the world of Billie Joe covers. Not going to give it away, but the "seeds of love" are involved.
There apparently as many answer records as covers so stay tuned for another OCD series of installments.