Cast King

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Joseph D. "Cast" King (February 16, 1926 – December 13, 2007) was a country musician and songwriter from Old Sand Mountain, Alabama. King released the album, "Saw Mill Man", in 2005. He was aged 79 at the time of recording. A song from the album entitled "Outlaw" was included in the score of Gus Van Sant's 2007 film, Paranoid Park. "Saw Mill Man" drew comparisons to Johnny Cash's American Recordings series.[1] King's baritone voice and acoustic guitar have been praised as possessing a raw and affecting quality.[2] The narratives of the songs dealt with characteristic country themes such as poverty, broken relationships, and murderous outlaws. Although his opportunity to record a full-length album came late in life, Cast King had previously recorded for Sun Records in 1955. With his band, The Country Drifters, he cut around a dozen songs at this time.[3] It was musician, Matt Downer, who located King and encouraged him to come out of a long musical retirement and record. Downer also played electric guitar throughout "Saw Mill Man".[4] The record was met with favourable reviews from Rolling Stone, Arthur Magazine, Mojo, and No Depression among other publications. King was preparing a second collection of songs when it was discovered that he was suffering from cancer. He died at the age of 81 on December 13, 2007.[5]


  1. ^ "Cast King - Saw Mill Man - Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  2. ^ Johnson, Robin (2005-12-07). "Record Review: Cast King / Sawmill Man". Metro Times. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  3. ^ "Artists". Archived from the original on 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  4. ^ "Cast King: Saw Mill Man (Locust) | Dusty Wright's Culture Catch". 2006-04-17. Archived from the original on 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  5. ^ Ann VerWiebe at December 18, 2007 3:10 PM (2007-12-18). " Dan Fogelberg, Cast King and Henrietta Yurchenco Pass ". Folk Alley. Retrieved 2010-12-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

External links[edit]