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Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooookkkkkkk!!!!!! Lahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain… ,

To many Americans of a certain age, these lines, along with a few other verses by Rodgers &, Hammerstein, are the sum total of what they know about the state of Oklahoma. ,

It’s understandable. Oklahoma is just one of 50 states. It’s far from the sophisticated and intellectual east, it seems flat, hot and dry to the fun-loving west, and it is more than eclipsed by its neighbor to the south, whose name happens to be Texas. What’s an Okie got to do to get a little recognition, much less, respect? ,

The answer came from an unlikely source. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein were not the kind of guys to spend time punching cattle, but they did manage to write one of the most successful Broadway musicals of all time. Titled simply, 'Oklahoma!,' their show opened in 1943 and was still being performed all over the country when a movie version appeared in 1956. To date, there have been more than 30,000 productions of 'Oklahoma!' in more than a dozen languages. Barely a season goes by when somebody doesn’t stage a major revival of 'Oklahoma!' for a whole new audience generation. Together, shows, film, soundtrack albums and even a postage stamp – the US issued one in 1993 to commemorate the Broadway show – have brought more fame and attention to the state than anything since 1907, the year Oklahoma officially joined the US of A. ,

Needless to say, this CD is not about show tunes and Broadway visions of Oklahoma. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. No sir. This collection of 25 tunes looks at the real Oklahoma, as reflected in the state’s dance floors, bars and honkytonks. As with other CDs in this 'Greetings From…' series, we weren’t necessarily looking for big hits. Rather, we were looking for vintage recordings (typically 1940s through 1960s) that convey the sounds and styles of the State. A lot of Oklahoma music is dance music: boogies, shuffles, polkas and waltzes. It was meant for Saturday night, for kicking back and getting out on a dance floor once the week’s work or the daily chores were done. Like most songs in this series, this is basically working class music. The maxim that folks who work hard, party even harder is nowhere more evident than on this collection of tunes. ,

Some of the artists like Bobby Barnett, Sheb Wooley and Jack Guthrie were native Oklahomans but, for the most part, this collection features songs about Oklahoma, recorded by artists from all over the US and, in the case of Wilf Carter, even Canada. Jack Guthrie, represented by four tracks on this collection, brings us one of the most assertively rural voices on this or any compilation. Jack and his cousin Woody Guthrie co-wrote Oklahoma Hills. The song may have faded from memory, but it was a major hit in 1945 and was one of the most frequently recorded tunes in country music. We present three versions of it here: the original by Guthrie as well as covers by Hank Thompson and Marvin Rainwater. Jack Guthrie died in January, 1948 from TB. ,

Few of these tunes cracked the national charts although in Merle Haggard's Okie From Muskogee we have a certifiable mega-hit that became a political rallying call for folks on both sides of the great divide. Some of these tracks, while not chart-toppers in their day, are still quite memorable. Charlie Walker – a survivor of many styles and seasons in country music - presents a clever and less than thrilling portrait of regional pride in Moffat, Oklahoma. Similarly, Marvin Rainwater draws a picture of limited leisure-time activities in Henryetta, Oklahoma. Just check out these lyrics: "If you want to mix the sexes/Then you'd better go to Texas." It’s a song the local Chamber of Commerce won’t be broadcasting any time soon. Wilf Carter’s wonderfully dated rendition of My Oklahoma Rose offers us another slice of musical time-travel, as does Ella Mae Morse’s Oakie Boogie, a 1951 track dating from the same session that produced her biggest hit, The Blacksmith Blues. Finally, there’s Bobby Barnett’s Oklahoma’s OK – a candidate for official state anthem if we ever heard one.

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Various - Greetings From - Greetings From Oklahoma CD 1
01 Okahoma's OK BARNETT, Bobby
02 Oklahoma Hills GUTHRIE, Jack
03 Take Me Back To Tula WILLS, Bob
04 The Everlasting Hills Of Oklahoma SONS OF THE PIONEERS
05 Okie Boogie MORSE, Ella Mae
06 Oklahoma Hills THOMPSON, Hank
07 Oklahoma's Calling GUTHRIE, Jack
08 Oklahoma Waltz BOND, Johnny
09 Moffet, Oklahoma WALKER, Charlie
10 Good Old Oklahoma WILLS, Bob
11 Oklahoma Honky Tonk Girl WOOLEY, Shep
12 Oklahoma Boogie BASHELL, Louie
13 (Gotta Get To) Oklahoma City WILLS, Luke
14 All Aboard For Oklahoma COOLEY, Spade
15 Oklahoma Bound WESTMORELAND, Paul
16 Okie Boogie GUTHRIE, Jack
17 My Oklahoma Rose CARTER, Wilf
18 Henryetta, Oklahoma RAINWATER, Marvin
19 Oklahoma Blues WILLS, Luke
20 Tulsa Straight Ahead McAULIFFE, Leon
21 She's An Okie VAUGHN, Al
22 Ramblin' Okie FELL, Terry
23 Oklahoma Hills RAINWATER, Marvin
24 For Oklahoma I'm Yearning GUTHRIE, Jack
25 Okie From Muskogee HAGGARD, Merle
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This series featuring the various regions of the United States is launched with the spotlight on the nation’s foremost areas for country music, Tennessee and Texas. Each cd contains a generous 25 tracks with the compilations combining the familiar with the lesser known, both artist and songwise.

With the name of the state in each song title, the Tennessee collection comes up with some all time favourites – like Jimmy Martin’s Tennessee, Pee Wee King’s Tennessee Waltz (naturally) and Eddy Arnold’s Tennessee Stud, with the lesser knows … Tears, … Blues, … Boogie, … Jive and … Rock ‘n’ Roll (among others) perhaps providing a first airing for some listeners. Likewise, with the Texas collection: Ernest Tubb’s Waltz Across Texas, Roy RogersYellow Rose Of Texas and Bob Wills/Leon Rausch’s Deep In The Heart Of Texas certainly don’t need any introductions while Love You As Big As Texas, Texas Silver Zephyr, Two Texas Boys and A Texas Honky Tonk may be new found delights to many listeners.

The assortment of artists (not always a citizen of the State they’re proclaiming the virtues of) similarly range from the very famous to the relatively obscure. Ernest Tubb, Tex Ritter, Rex Allen, Willie Nelson, Hank Snow, Pee Wee King, Hank Williams, Bobby Bare and Johnny Cash are among the music’s foremost contributors while Jimmie Logsdon, Zeb Turner, Jimmie Dolan, Gene O’Quin and Ole Rasmussen would probably be only known to the more specialist record buyers (and several of them not known at all if it weren’t for Bear Family releases!).  There’s a couple of curiosities in the Texas collection: Say Pardner by Cowboys And Indians (an outfit no one seems to know anything about, apart from the fact this record was played on AFN in an age long ago) and  the non-country sounding group The Offenders (Can’t Get The Hell Out Of Texas) which actually comprised Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Jimmy Day and David Zettner.

These very entertaining, highly listenable CDs are accompanied by full colour booklets in which Hank Davis throws a non-too scholarly look at the history of the respective state and the music, along with a photo gallery of all the artists (apart from the enigmatic Cowboys & Indians. Any clues, anyone?).

Greetings From ... CD-Album-Series by Bear Family  

Music about the US Staates re-released on CDs by Bear Family

Read more at: https://www.bear-family.com/bear-family/country-series/greetings-from/
Copyright © Bear Family Records

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Tracklist
Various - Greetings From - Greetings From Oklahoma CD 1
01 Okahoma's OK
02 Oklahoma Hills
03 Take Me Back To Tula
04 The Everlasting Hills Of Oklahoma
05 Okie Boogie
06 Oklahoma Hills
07 Oklahoma's Calling
08 Oklahoma Waltz
09 Moffet, Oklahoma
10 Good Old Oklahoma
11 Oklahoma Honky Tonk Girl
12 Oklahoma Boogie
13 (Gotta Get To) Oklahoma City
14 All Aboard For Oklahoma
15 Oklahoma Bound
16 Okie Boogie
17 My Oklahoma Rose
18 Henryetta, Oklahoma
19 Oklahoma Blues
20 Tulsa Straight Ahead
21 She's An Okie
22 Ramblin' Okie
23 Oklahoma Hills
24 For Oklahoma I'm Yearning
25 Okie From Muskogee