About the Reader
There are few performers who bring more life to a room than the talented, personable Jim Garling of Guthrie, Oklahoma. Jim loves reaching into the past not to imitate Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, the Sons of the Pioneers or Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, but to combine their sounds for just the right mix of old-style, acoustic western cowboy music and western swing.
With guitar strap on shoulder, pick in hand and a bushy mustache bordering that genuine smile, he’ll bring you and yours cowboy-era music, classics from Saturday matinee silver screen heroes and some favorites tunes from contemporary artists who reflect on the cowboy life. In fact, Jim has recorded three CDs, reflecting each of those very styles in addition to one cowboy gospel CD.
Audiences young and old enjoy Jim’s incredible vocal style, his remarkable and long-proven guitar skills and the little dose of short histories and interesting anecdotes he gladly shares about the songs he sings. Jim doesn’t just talk about the past, which includes his great grandfather making the land run in 1889, and the family settling for generations around Norman. He takes listeners back to those days of pioneers.
Several Oklahoma schools, libraries and museums have selected Jim to do programs that incorporate western cowboy music and the history of the State of Oklahoma and traditions of our country. He is continually promoting and performing cowboy/western music to preserve it for generations to come.