Gypsy Twang (I) — 21st Annual Woody Guthrie Festival, 2018

Woodyfest 2018: Gypsy Twang

Gypsy Twang Woodyfest Debut

Gypsy Twang Woodyfest Debut

Making their Woodyfest debut, [Sidenote: Lucky num­ber thir­teen in our Woodyfest 2018 cov­er­age fea­tures Tulsa-based Gypsy Twang.] Gypsy Twang played the Hen House stage . Husband and wife Steve Huhn (bass) and Sarah Barker-Huhn (gui­tar, vocals), along with John Williams (gui­tar, har­mon­ica, voice) shared the stage with guests George Barton (man­dolin) and Kurt “Frenchie” Nielson. They played a mix of orig­i­nals, penned mostly by Barker-Huhn and Williams, tra­di­tional folk and coun­try tunes, Red Dirt, coun­try-swing, alt-coun­try, and Americana numbers.

According to the band bio, Huhn’s father played boo­gie-woo­gie piano, impart­ing young Steve with a taste for jazz and stan­dards from the Great American Songbook, while Barker-Huhn grew up lis­ten­ing to her father’s coun­try & west­ern clas­sics. Barker-Huhn picked up the gui­tar later than most — she was in her for­ties — and took to song­writ­ing almost imme­di­ately after.

While the band played, Hen House employ­ees scram­bled to keep up with the influx of din­ers, some of whom were there for the music, oth­ers being locals who just wanted some­thing for lunch. I sus­pect some were there to get out of the blasted noon­day heat.

In any case, the audi­ence in the large hall seemed to enjoy them­selves. Toward the end of the set, the band invited Linda Long Barton (singer and per­cus­sion­ist at Barton & Long) to join them on a cou­ple of numbers.

Gypsy Twang were estab­lished in . They played their first show at Lambrusco’z, a Tulsa deli that has since become a well-estab­lished music venue.

Gallery: Gypsy Twang


About Chris J. Zähller

International Man of Mystery. Cocktail Nerd. Occasionally designs websites. Sometimes snaps a picture or two.

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