1-CD with 36-page booklet, 22 tracks. Playing time approx. 54 mns.
Bear Family's 1991 collection, 'Oklahoma Hills', has been one of our best-selling country CDs. Now we have the remainder of Jack Guthrie's brief, incendiary career captured on two incredible CDs. Jack Guthrie was the cousin of the legendary Woody Guthrie (indeed 'Oklahoma Hills' was Woody Guthrie's song, although Jack Guthrie took the credit), but Jack's sound was unlike Woody's. His bright western swing sound used the cream of the Los Angeles-based country jazz pickers, including Porky Freeman, Red Murrell, Billy Hughes, and Cliffie Stone.
'Milk Cow Blues', drawn from previously unreleased transcriptions, includes several classic Jimmie Rodgers songs, such as Muleskinner Blues, Any Old Time, Waitin' For A Train, and My Rough And Rowdy Ways, all given a jazzy west coast feel. The set also includes fresh, vital versions of several Bob Wills classics, such as Home In San Antone and Maiden's Prayer, as well as traditional favorites like Footprints In The Snow and There's More Pretty Girls Than One.
'When The World Has Turned You Down' features the remainder of Jack Guthrie's Capitol session recordings (none of them on 'Oklahoma Hills') as well as the remainder of his transcriptions. He revitalizes classic country hits from across the spectrum, including Roy Acuff's Low And Lonely, Ernest Tubb's You Nearly Lose Your Mind, Red Foley's Freight Train Blues, The Carter Family's I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes, and Bob Wills' Time Changes Everything and Take Me Back To Tulsa. As before, Jack Guthrie reinterprets traditional favorites like Birmingham Jail, Careless Love, and Trouble In Mind.
Both sets feature extensive notes from Guy Logsdon, who has carried out more than 40 years research into the elusive and tragically short-lived Jack Guthrie. When Jack Guthrie died of tuberculosis in 1948 (the disease that had claimed his idol Jimmie Rodgers), one of the most promising careers in west coast country music was over. Now his story is complete for the first time on Bear Family Records.