Oklahoma native JD McPherson and fellow American music torchbearer Pokey LaFarge have teamed up to record Bob Wills’ classic “Good Old Oklahoma,” which will be released digitally on June 28, 2013. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the single will be donated to Oklahoma City Community Fund”s Tornado Relief endowment. McPherson says, “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.”

Rolling Stone premiered the track today. Listen here: http://rol.st/19zqCPM

McPherson explains 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.”

LaFarge and his band were slated to record a Daytrotter session a few days after the tornado devastated the region, and made the impromptu decision to record the track during the session.

McPherson said “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!”

The single is available for purchase from www.jdmcpherson.com and .

Press contacts:

Regina Joskow at Rounder (JD McPherson): rjoskow@rounder.com

Mary Moyer at Sacks & Co. (JD McPherson): mary@sacksco.com

Michele Adler at Nasty Little Man (Pokey LaFarge): michele@nastylittleman.com