Sittin' on Top of the World

Sittin' on Top of the World

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by Jack Cooke
     
 
A singer doesn't really need a long résumé if he's performed in Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys for 37 years. Standing this close to bluegrass royalty (an oxymoron if there ever was one) says all that needs to be said: Jack Cooke is the real deal. Like Stanley, Cooke loves the old-time, traditional sound, filled with lots of

Overview

A singer doesn't really need a long résumé if he's performed in Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys for 37 years. Standing this close to bluegrass royalty (an oxymoron if there ever was one) says all that needs to be said: Jack Cooke is the real deal. Like Stanley, Cooke loves the old-time, traditional sound, filled with lots of rough edges that create something one might refer to as mountain soul. Cooke's rough-hewn vocals, backed by an impressive who's who of bluegrass notables, take the listener back to the '40s and '50s when the genre was dominated by traditional singers like Jim & Jesse and Flatt & Scruggs. Much of the material likewise offers a glance toward yesterday, with well-loved songs like "North to Alaska," "Dark Hollow," and "Long Black Veil." Cooke picks at least one song that, lyrically, may produce unintended chuckles. It's difficult for anyone, no matter how much hurt he puts into his vocal, to make a line like "that's how the cookie crumbles" (from Jim Lauderdale's song of the same name) seem tenderhearted. There are also two bonus tracks from 1963, which help push the disc to an acceptable album length (around 38 minutes). For folks sick to death of smooth-toned bluegrass crooners, Cooke serves as a staunch defender of non-pretentious, down-to-earth bluegrass.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/2007
Label:
Pinecastle
UPC:
0755757115728
catalogNumber:
571157
Rank:
188908

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Cooke   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Del McCoury   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Ralph Stanley   Vocal Harmony
Jim Lauderdale   Bass (Vocal),Rhythm Guitar,Baritone (Vocal)
Mike Bub   Bass
David Grisman   Mandolin
Rob McCoury   Banjo
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin
Steve Sparkman   Banjo
James Alan Shelton   Guitar
Ralph Stanley   Rhythm Guitar,Baritone (Vocal)
Billy Sage   Fiddle
Todd Meade   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Johnny Horton   Composer
Jim Lauderdale   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Paul Clayton   Composer
Walter Vinson   Composer
Lonnie Chatmon   Composer
Tim Coats   Engineer
Eddie Hill   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Tom Riggs   Executive Producer
Jeff Sterling   Engineer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Danny Dill   Composer
Tillman Franks   Composer
Tex Grimsley   Composer
Bill Browning   Composer
Audrey Butler   Composer
Larry Ehrlich   Composer
Alan Maggard   Engineer
Tom Six   Composer

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Sittin' on Top of the World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Mandolynn More than 1 year ago
Surely worth the buy. What a fun albumn! Jack's personality comes through in every song and the pickin' (done by some of bluegrass' greats) is fantastic! I love Jack's voice and have been listening to this albumn again and again since I bought it. I love "There's a higher Power", "Let's Go Down to the River", and "I've Always been a Rambler". Great stufff- sure hope Jack Cooke does another album soon. It's time he steps up front!!