Palm Springs’ Bob Gentry is set to release the follow-up to his Back on the Horse EP, and continue the third stage of his career, with full-length album Fortune Favors on Sept. 10. The singles released so far, “Lonesome” and “One Lucky Guy,” show experimentation with vocal harmonies and instrumentation. Gentry is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
I have two that I count as first concerts. My stepdad was a smokin’ banjo player, so as a kid, he took me to see Ronnie Milsap at the Grand Ole Opry (which was awesome), but my first concert that I went to of my own free will was Soul Asylum with The Lemonheads. Seems pretty wild that I’d end up on the same record label as Soul Asylum all these years later.
What was the first album you owned?
The first full album was A Hard Day’s Night—a gift, which was a quick gateway to owning the entire Beatles collection, and also learning how to play LPs backward. “I buried Paul …” The first 45 I wore out? Snoopy vs. The Red Baron on one of those old kids’ record players, where you’d have to close the lid just right to get the record to play.
What bands are you listening to right now?
The last three artists I played: Jim Croce, Roan Yellowthorn and Jeffrey Osborne.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Wow … too many to mention, but I’d give anything to travel back to the ’70s to catch a KISS concert. As a kid, I really got off on hearing all those stories, like, “Gene Simmons’ tongue was surgically transplanted with a with a cow’s tongue,” or, “Someone snapped a photo of them without their makeup, so their bodyguard broke the photographer’s arm.” It’s really funny—all silly stuff I believed, but those huge stadium KISS concerts back then seemed like they would have been amazing to experience!
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
The Carpenters. I absolutely love cranking those songs in the car.
What’s your favorite music venue?
I really love the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, but outdoor music can’t be beat anywhere!
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“Rainy Night in Georgia.”
What band or artist changed your life? How?
I know it’s probably a stock answer to say The Beatles, but it’s an honest answer. If not for getting hooked on them, I’m certain that I wouldn’t be doing music today. I don’t really get starstruck, but I admit sitting next to Paul McCartney at a Brian Wilson concert about 12 years ago had me doing the “OMG, I can’t believe I sat next to Paul” thing for, like, 10 years. (Unless, of course, that wasn’t the real Paul.)
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
Probably Prince: “Can we do a song together?”
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“The End,” The Beatles: “And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make.”
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Abbey Road. Everything about it is brilliant—the production, the songs, the cover, and especially how it’s really a full experience. In today’s iTunes shuffle world, you can’t just listen to a track since almost all the songs flow together as one. When my song shuffle lands on “Golden Slumbers,” I immediately cue it back up to “You Never Give Me Your Money” and listen to the rest in order.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
Roan Yellowthorn, “Acid Trip.”