JD McPherson and Pokey LaFarge have released a new digital charity single. The two recorded a cover of Bob Wills' classic "Good Old Oklahoma" with proceeds to benefit the Oklahoma City Community Fund's Tornado Relief endowment.
McPherson explains why they picked that organization, "This charity does the best work possible by contributing to dozens of local Oklahoma charities directly related to tornado damage relief: rebuilding, clean up, food and water disbursement, pet recovery... you name it. This fund applies to possible future tornadoes, as well as what we're dealing with now."
McPherson also explained in the announcement how the recording came about: "Pokey and I had been speaking in the days following the May 19th tornadoes about the possibility of recording a benefit song.
"He came up with the brilliant idea to record Bob Wills' 'Good Old Oklahoma' as a duet. Pokey is from Missouri, but each time he plays in my home state, his band performs that tune and brings the house down. It was a perfect fit."
A few days following the devastating Oklahoma tornados this spring, LaFarge and his band were scheduled to record a Daytrotter and LaFarge decided that the session would be the perfect time to record the song.
McPherson says "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. 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."
LaFarge adds "It's with great pleasure that I get to work with one of Oklahoma's finest, JD McPherson. To be able to record this Bob Wills tune is all too fitting for a good cause. We hope this helps. We love Oklahoma!"
Fans can purchase the single at JD McPherson and Pokey LaFarge's official websites here and here.