Barry Ollman Three Song Sampler

Barry Ollman Songs

See Ya' In Okemah



See Ya' In Okemah

  • Written by Barry Ollman, 2009
  • Produced and engineered by Dave Beegle, Loveland, Colorado
  • Acoustic guitars and vocals, Barry Ollman
  • Washboard and percussion, Christian Teele
  • Bass guitar, Dave Beegle
  • Penny whistles, David Amram
  • +  See Ya' in Okemah Lyrics

    For the past sixteen years some enthusiastic and dedicated folks in Oklahoma have given the world a lovely and free music festival in honor of our great American inspiration, Woody Guthrie, in his hometown of Okemah. I've been very happy to have been included in their program since 2007 where I have given a presentation called "Collecting Woody".

    A few years back I felt a desire to contribute something musical to this wonderful event and hence, this humble offering, See Ya' In Okemah.

    There are a lot of excellent musicians who play there year after year and a lot of amazing new ones too but when I started to record this song I knew I had to call my friend, the great David Amram and see if he would participate in the recording. Well, he did, generous soul that he is. I actually met David about 25 years ago in NYC where he was sitting in with one of my favorites, Steve Goodman, at the Lone Star Cafe. I'll never forget seeing David playing dueling penny whistles as Steve took us for a ride on The City Of New Orleans. The next time we met, a few years back, we became instant friends, playing in a large circle of musicians from all over the world, in the parking lot of the world renowned Okemah Motor Lodge. It was at least 2:00 in the morning, and I felt a great sense of appreciation for this most unusual man.

    He's truly the last of a breed and I'm proud to call him my friend. Check out his whimsical and lethal penny whistle parts on this song and put that together with Christian Teele (of the Etones) on washboard and percussion and enjoy.

    Next year in Okemah, everybody!

    PS: Check out photographer Jim Dirden's website where he uses See Ya' In Okemah as part of the soundtrack for his musical slideshow of a recent WoodyFest.