Mercury Rev on Covering Bobbie Gentry and Working with Norah Jones

Grasshopper also discusses new music and bringing the South into a universal context

Kyle Meredith With Mercury Rev

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On today’s Kyle Meredith With…, Mercury Rev’s Grasshopper talks about the new Bobbie Gentry cover album, which features an all-star cast of vocalists, including Norah Jones, Margo Price, Phoebe Bridgers, and Game of Thrones’ Carice Van Houten. Grasshopper also discusses an upcoming project at Big Ears Festival, the progress of the band’s next album, and the parallels between the time when Bobbie Gentry’s music was originally released and today’s political scene.

(Read: Mercury Rev Shine a Welcome Light on Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited)

Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Each episode, Meredith digs deep into an artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty. Check back Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for new episodes. Rate the series now via iTunes.

Buy: Check out The Delta Sweete Revisited and other vinyl from Mercury Rev here.


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