Country music has always been home to strong women who made their names with feminist and protofeminist songs — think Kitty Wells' 'It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels', Loretta Lynn's 'The Pill' and much of Dolly Parton's oeuvre. That tradition continues today with Maddie & Tae and Miranda Lambert recently serving up breakout hits that took on bro country and condemn domestic violence, respectively.
On the fringe of the collective memory of this complex tradition of feminism in the country music world, there's Bobbie Gentry.
Shut it down. I think Audrey nailed it.
Feel free to contact me about events in the UK, everybody. I've been craving Hobnob biscuits since 1996, when I spent New Year's Eve singing "Hey Jude" with a circle of strangers at midnight in a pub in Covent Garden.