About the Reader
Boots tap, hands clap, and grins grow like new spring grass when the native Oklahoman, Jim Garling, begins to play.
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.
And you can rest assured, 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. Jim’s a neighbor, whether you live by him, or make your home 500 miles away. Everyone soon feels like they’ve known him for years, not hours.