Jack Cooke: Sittin' On Top Of The World 

Fans of traditional country and bluegrass music will enjoy Jack Cooke's Sittin' On Top of the World, the first solo CD recorded by Cooke after a full, 52-year career. The playlist features light-hearted tunes such as "Gotta Travel On" and "I'm Walking the Dog," gospel songs like "Let's All Go Down to the River," and "There's a Higher Power" and the haunting ballad "Long Black Veil." There's even a cover of Johnny Horton's gold rush tale "North to Alaska." Cooke began his musical career in 1955 playing upright bass for Carter and Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys. A year later he joined the Blue Grass Boys led by Bill Monroe, who is considered the father of bluegrass music. Both bands are credited for creating the uniquely American genre. In 1970 Cooke returned to the Clinch Mountain Boys and has played upright bass with them for the past 37 years. He is hailed as a loyal sideman to bluegrass music's greatest stars and is joined by several on this disc. Like the National Oldtime Fiddler's Festival in Weiser, Cooke's enjoyable CD overflows with deceptively simple, old-style toe-tappers backed by banjo and fiddle, rhythm guitar, mandolin and harmonious vocals. Take a listen online at Myspace.com/OleJackCooke.

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