Oklahoma native JD McPherson and roots torchbearer Pokey LaFarge have teamed up for a rendition of country swing legend Bob Willis’ “Good Old Oklahoma,” which they’ll release on June 28th. You can take an exclusive first listen to their charming duet, which features skipping tick-tack percussion, fluttering horns and McPherson and LaFarge’s swooning harmonies. All proceeds from the track will go to the Oklahoma City Community Fund’s Tornado Relief endowment, which contributes to dozens of charities assisting relief efforts for those directly affected by the recent tornadoes.
“I don’t consider myself to be versatile enough a singer to hold a candle to Tommy Duncan’s original vocal, but Pokey’s sublime, informed performance on the second verse and harmony make the track for me,” McPherson tells Rolling Stone. “Though I’m not built (unfortunately) to sing Oklahoma jazz, I hope that what comes through the speakers is an audible love letter to my beloved home state.”
“It’s with great pleasure that I get to work with one of Oklahoma’s finest, JD McPherson,” adds LaFarge. “To be able to record this Bob Wills tune is all too fitting for a good cause. We hope this helps. We love Oklahoma!”