Alanna Nash
January 07, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Woody Guthrie and Songs of My Oklahoma Home

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
James Talley
genre
Country

We gave it a B+

It may take a Sooner, with the gritty taste of the dust bowl still on his tongue, to hear the country twang (and Jimmie Rodgers influence) in the songs of America’s first urban cowboy. Talley, an Okie who went to Nashville to craft some of the best albums of the ’70s, doesn’t gussy up Guthrie but lets his stark imagery and humble melodies speak their own quiet power. A gem. B+

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