Reissued on its 30th birthday, James Talley's 1975 debut is now viewed as one of the defining documents of what has become the Americana movement. Buttressed by a stirring, Talley-penned essay on the life's journey that forged him as an artist, as well as a bonus disc containing an unabridged period interview, it's an impressive package honoring a landmark work by a still-vital artist who continues to conduct his career with an uncompromising vision of himself, his music, and his message. Mainstream country was in the first throes of the Outlaw movement in 1975, and though Talley was never lumped in with Willie, Waylon, and the boys, he possessed (and still does) the same reverence for the music's deepest roots, its link with the working class, and an unswerving self-assurance when it came to presenting his music his way. The music lives on the shoulders of giants, such as Woody Guthrie (both in the populist sentiments of the folkish, strutting title song and in the clever nursery rhyme wordplay of "Daddy's Song"); Bob Wills (in the spirited western swing of "W. Lee O'Daniel and the Light Crust Doughboys"); and any number of classic country tunesmiths whose influence is evident in tender, beautifully crafted love songs such as "Take Me to the Country" (with an aching pedal steel line every bit as sensitive and nuanced as Talley's heartfelt vocal) and the honky-tonk heartbreaker "No Opener Needed." This is where the soul of a man resides. Bear witness.