As part of a group of “red dirt” musicians who migrated to Stillwater in the late 1970’s – a rag-tag outfit that includes Jimmy LaFave, Tom Skinner, Bob Childers and the Red Dirt Rangers – Checotah singer/songwriter Greg Jacobs helped set the standard for great Okie songwriting. His landmark CD, “Reclining With Age” brought Jacobs to an audience far beyond his Oklahoma home, and his new recording, “Lucky Live,” a mostly best-of live collection, promises to be his most successful collection. “Lucky Live” features Travis Linville, John Fullbright and Terry Buffalo Ware assisting Jacobs on most of his best known songs including “Farmer’s Luck” “A Little Rain Will Do” “Okie Wind” “Enjoy The Ride” “I’m Not Afraid Of The Blues” and Patient Man,” as well as newer songs “C Chord” “From Here To Tulsa” and “Eyes Of A Child.” Some call Jacobs the red dirt crooner because of his easy goin’ style, and that just might be right. He is the smoothest of all the red dirt troubadours, laying down a solid Okie groove, on songs that are both historic and personal. While big-time success by way of Nashville isn’t in the cards for Jacobs, he remains one of the more original of all singer/songwriters working in America today and more than most delivers on the promise of Woody Guthrie, who said ‘ all you can do is write what you see’.
At present, on her new album, VAGABONDE~ Herndon collected a number of French songs and the album was a featured favorite record of the year by Jerry Wofford of the Tulsa World. Her last album, All Fall Down, found her working with Texas musical legend Lloyd Maines and the perpetually lost gonzo Bob Livingston as co-producers.
All Fall Down opens with Herndon – the Oklahoma girl and woman of the world – posing the musical question “Who knows all the ways of the world, and who can know all the ways of a girl?” Lone Star Music Magazine in its glowing review noted the “vaguely European je ne sais quoi that flickers throughout” while observing that “her beloved state of Oklahoma … figures prominently,” particularly in the reflective closing track, “The Bad Roads of Oklahoma,” which americanprofile.com has deemed one of the 10 Best Route 66 Road Songs.
As Herndon looks down the road to new musical horizons, she hopes to continue to collaborate with writers whose work she admires, as she did on All Fall Down with the elegant “Everything to Me,” a co-write with John Hadley. And to have her own songs covered by fellow artists. But no matter where her journey takes her, it’s a safe bet that Susan Herndon will be forever singing that universal language of a good song that speaks truth with every note and every word.
Build your house on song
it carries you along
walls made of rock
You sing by the blue fireside of the hearth
And roll on …