Americana Highways is hosting this video premiere of Grace Pettis ‘ song “Oklahoma” live. The song appeared on her recently released album Working Woman, produced by Mary Bragg. Working Woman was recorded at Sound Emporium Studios, engineered by Rachael Moore with assistance from Skyler Chuckry; mixed by Shani Gandhi at Forty-One Fifty with assistance from Erika Nalow; and mastered by Piper Payne at Infrasonic Sound.
“Oklahoma” on the album is Grace Pettis on lead vocals and acoustic guitar; Ellen Angelico on electric guitars; Kira Small on organ; Ryan Madora on bass; Megan Coleman on drums and Mary Bragg on backing vocals.
Performers on this “Oklahoma” live video are Grace Pettis on guitar and vocals; Katie Marie on drums; Ruby Dice on bass and backing vocals; Casie Luong on keys and backing vocals; and Sophia Johnson on lead guitar.
The video was directed and filmed by Kelly Ngo; filmed and edited by David Reinis; with audio engineering and mixing by Joe Hilling, production by Chromatone Studios with special thanks to Jay Vickers and Big House Sound.
Grace Pettis is a heavy hitting performer, and this song in its live setting in particular establishes that. She created this song about the resiliency of the Oklahoman people but it’s a metaphor for a survivor, and even bigger, it’s a metaphor for all of our lives. Watch this performance for a seriously powerful refresh today.
The minute we started playing this song, I breathed this enormous psychic sigh of relief, like, Ok, this is not only going to work; it’s actually going to be great. This production and mix is SO GOOD (damn Team Mary + Shani). Thematically, it’s more on the subject of leaving the bad behind and powering through to the good; demanding the life you want, surviving. This song hints at trauma and domestic violence but ultimately feels uplifting. It’s about overcoming that trauma. — Grace Pettis