Great American Road Trip: Oklahoma music
So does Jack Guthrie. He was Woody’s cousin. His style tended more toward mainstream country and western swing than did the folk music and political broadsides of his well known relative. He wrote a quintessential song about Oklahoma, Oklahoma Hills.
Jimmy LaFave is an Oklahoma native too. He has a voice that speaks of the hills and prairies of his native state, and the wide open skies and rough places too. He’s a fine songwriter, as well, and brings his story telling abilities to bear both in the material he writes and in the songs he chooses to cover. A good place to hear him tell stories of the restless soul of the heartland in his album Cimarron Manifesto, which makes a fine soundtrack for travel through the Sooner state. Side note: if you ever get the chance to see LaFave live, take it.
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Music Road: Terri Hendrix
Music Road: reflections with Adrienne Young
Music Road: Road Trip Music: Arkansas and Missouri
check out our songwriter CD recommendations
This is part of The Great American Road Trip, in which I’m partnering up with A Traveler’s Library to add musical ideas to the book and film suggestions for journeys through the regions of the United States which you’ll find there. Stop by and see what the Library has in mind to inspire travels in Oklahoma.
For more about the road trip (and a look at some great road songs) see Great American Road Trip: Music begins