Community Outreach at the Okemah Nutrition Center
Princess of Twang Nancy Apple and country troubadour Rob McNurlin are are almost as familiar to Woody Guthrie Folk Festival regulars as festival house band The Oklahoma Geniuses; wherever you look, they seem to be there. Senior citizens at the Okemah Nutrition Center were serenaded by the pair during an afternoon concert this past July while the festival was in full swing. And swing this pair does, and rocks and rolls, and sweet-by-and-bys, with a repertoire deep and rich in American vernacular music.
Apple and McNurlin are used to playing with one another — heck, they recorded an album together in 2005 — and it shows in their laid-back performances. There’s a lot of smiling and laughing as they trade licks, but then they jump into a vocal harmony and the room gets still at their earnest reverence. Music is sacred, even when it’s about cat-head biscuits and gravy.