Freedy Johnston with Kevin Bowe + The Okemah Prophets on Wed, March 13, 2013

Freedy Johnston’s songs are often praised for their literary quality—and deservedly so—but they also hit you on a gut level. As a young man, Johnston was drawn to both the raw energy of punk and the austere beauty of Paul McCartney’s vocal melodies. It’s no surprise that Elvis Costello’s My Aim Is True is among the first albums that inspired him. One can hear Costello’s gift for meticulous songcraft and wry storytelling on Johnston’s second album, Can You Fly.