Thursday, March 27, 2008

Jack Guthrie - Oklahoma Hills/Oakie Boogie 7"

Here's another record from my now infamous country music find from a few years back. I also purchased the 78 of this same record at the same time.

This is good old country music and I mean that in the truest sense of the word. These songs are from the 40's. I don't know when this record was pressed, but I'm guessing that it was back in the 50's or 60's.

This is simple hillbilly type music, with some western swing thrown in for good measure. The first "Oklahoma Hills" swings well and good, but "Oakie Boogie" is the one that will cause you to burn up the rug. It's got a great pep to it. The fiddle work is great. The lyric delivery is awesome. This has got to be one of my favorite country records of all time and chances are pretty good that this one is going to be new to you.

Jack Guthrie was a cousin to Woody Guthrie, but from what I've read, Jack was far more successful commercially than Woody ever was. Judging by these couple songs I an see why. There's nothing controversial here, just plain old shoe shufflin' fun.

Jack grew up in the Texas/Oklahoma area which explains these songs. He's from the school of cowboy country music like Jimmie Rogers and Gene Autry. Some stories say that Gene taught Jack how to play guitar.

"Oklahoma Hills" was a hit for Jack. In fact it was his first hit. It was the song that got him a record contract with Capitol records. The song was originally penned by Woody. Jack made some changes to the song and recorded it. Jack's version is the one that became the most famous. Read more about Jack and "Oklahoma Hills" here.

So find a dance partner, clear out your living room and put on "Oakie Boogie" and enjoy 2 and a half minutes of dancing glee.


01 Oklahoma Hills.mp3
02 Oakie Boogie.mp3

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