Okemah

Okemah

BandAlternativeAmericana

Okemah is a "Roots Infused Rock n’ Roll band" in the grand tradition of American music. Following the line of their musical ancestors, Okemah has one foot firmly planted in American roots music and the other in unchartered territory.

Biography

Okemah (O-KEE-MUH) N.
1. City in Oklahoma (pop. 3,085)
2. Home of Woody Guthrie
3. In the Kickapoo Language, means "Things up High"

Okemah is a Rock n’ Roll band in the grand tradition of American music. Following the line of their musical ancestors, Okemah has one foot firmly planted in American roots music and the other in unchartered territory. This combination has helped Okemah create a sound all their own which has been described as "Roots Infused Rock n’ Roll." Okemah’s unique sound relies as much upon the long friendship between its players as it is on American music.

The founding members of Okemah grew up together outside of NYC. During that time, they were introduced to the likes of of John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Woody Guthrie, and The Band. Inspired by these artists, they formed a band, and began writing songs to emulate the spirit of their musical heroes. Similar to Wilco, The Black Keys, and M. Ward, Okemah’s music pays respect to their roots while letting their music evolve naturally into a sound altogether new.

Okemah's music is truly at the crossroads of a lifelong friendship and the sincere desire to push the boundaries of American music while never losing its inherent spirit.

Lyrics

Mother and Father

Written By: D. Ubriaco

Mother and Father

Clouds were rolling across the water
As you knelt down to pray

Wind was blowing through your hair
Gently urge you on your way

Leaves were laughing all around you
As the rain began to fall

Eyes were smiling as your heart filled
With the distant siren’s call

Stars were shining on the water
Scent of smoke hung in the trees

The constellations were within you
As you rose up from your knees

The birds of fear in your headset
They had all up and flown (spread their wings and away had flown)

For your mother and your father
Had welcomed you back home

Spinning

Written By: D. Ubriaco

Rain was fallin on the mountain
River was flowin to the sea
You were sailin around the world yeah
The world was spinning in eternity

plates were shiftin beneath the ocean
mountain was rising forever free
you were taking in the horizon
the world was spinning in eternity

And I was singing in my bedroom
Trying to write you a song
Give you strength yeah on your travels
As you journey all night long
All night long

Clouds were rolling across the concrete
the forests were shrinking from the city
you were dancin in a night club
the nightclub was spinning in eternity

And I was singing in a nightclub
Trying to write you a song
Give you strength yeah on your travels
As you journey all night long
All night long

Breeze was blowin across the meadows
the highway rolled out to the country
you were laughing in the backseat
The world was spinning in eternity

And I was singing from the frontseat
Trying to write you a song
Give you strength yeah on your travels
As you journey all night long
All night long

Brand New Day

Written By: D. Ubriaco

Brand New Day

I’m gonna give you
All of my love
Come on Janie girl
Hear the chanting of the bees
You got the light of the Evening sun
to the kingdom you have the keys
Take a look and see
All your hidden beauty
break these chains that bind you
Start a brand new day

For so long now
You’ve lived your life
For your mother
You traded in all your dreams
Now I’m offering – come take my hand
Live the life you want to
No more misery
Under a full moon light
Darling I’ll treat you right
Break these chains that bind you
Start a brand new day

Train is leaving
So get on board
Come down south now
So I can marry thee
Put on your blue dress
And let down your hair
Let your light shine
For all the world to see
Let your love fly free
Shiver like the dust bearing bee
Break these chains that bind you
Start a brand new day

Discography

Johnstown Flyer - 2008
Okemah - 2006

Spinning, Julie Jones, Mother and Father, What Went Wrong, & Back on the Ground have found airtime on local and college radio stations

Set List

We play mostly original music. A typical night consists of two 90 minute sets. We mix it up between electric and acoustic songs - depending on the night.

Covers that we do include songs by Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Pete Seger, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Wilco, Tom Waits, M. Ward, etc...