(Columbus, NC) - "I'm never going to work. I'm going to let this guitar do it
for me." The words of a teenage Jack Cooke to his sister say it all.
After over 40 years as a sideman, Jack Cooke is releasing his first solo release,
Sittin' on Top of the World, on February 20th. Jack has played a large
part in the evolution of America's traditional music form as the lead vocalist
for the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe and as an integral part
of the Stanley Brothers and Ralph Stanley and
the Clinch Mountain Boys' success throughout his 37 year tenure
with the group.
Sittin' on Top of the World was a labor of love for Grammy Award winner,
Jim Lauderdale, who approached Jack about working on a solo release. As producer,
Lauderdale helped line up some of Jack's good friends to help him out
on the record.
The result is an all-star lineup including Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury,
Rob McCoury, Mike Bub, David Gisman and others.
Jack's legacy is known throughout the bluegrass world and his playing has influenced
Please visit Jack's myspace.com site. The site features 4 tracks from the record
and a live video of Jack singing with the Clinch Mountain Boys.