Slow Gum

Likable 24-year-old folkie Fraser A. Gorman is the latest member of Courtney Barnett’s circle of Melbourne singer-songwriters. But where Barnett trades in self-aware grunge paranoia, Gorman is a classic-rock romantic who daydreams about ex-girlfriends and road trips. His tastes can run eclectic: These ballads and alt-country rockers find Gorman singing…

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Flashback: Bobbie Gentry Haunts Radio With Mysterious Suicide Ballad

Bobbie Gentry, the pioneering but reclusive country star who captured the world’s attention with her mysterious “Ode to Billie Joe,” turns 71 years old today. In honor of her birthday, we revisit her enduring, 1967 masterpiece.

A sparse, finger-picked ballad whose plot has never been fully explained, “Ode to Billie Joe”…