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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/2007
  • Label: Pinecastle
  • UPC: 755757115728
  • Catalog Number: 571157
  • Sales rank: 255,910

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 II 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Bluegrass Album from a living legend!

    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!!

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