The concert is part of The Performing Arts Studio’s Summer Breeze Concert Series.
O’Keefe is recognized as one of the best songwriters of his generation. He may be best known for writing “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues,” which was recorded by Presley and Nelson, as well a host of others, including Cab Calloway, Charlie Rich, Waylon Jennings, Leon Russell, Dwight Yoakam and Jerry Lee Lewis.
O’Keefe’s other songwriting credits include “Never Got Off The Ground” (Alison Krauss), “When You Come Back Down” (Nickel Creek), “Angel Spread Your Wings” (Judy Collins), “Magdalena” (Donny Hathaway), “Along for the Ride” (John Denver) and “Anywhere on Earth You Are” (Alan Jackson). “Well, Well, Well,” which O’Keefe wrote with Bob Dylan, has been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Ben Harper, The Blind Boys of Alabama and David Lindley.
O’Keefe has recorded 12 solo albums since 1971. His most recent, In Time, was released in 2008.
He counts among his musical influences Miles Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, Stan Getz and Billie Holiday. His father collected jazz recordings of the early 20th century which, he said, still have a powerful effect on him.
The Summer Breeze Concert Series is supported by grants from the Norman Arts Council and Oklahoma Arts Council, as well as the generous support of many local businesses, organizations and individuals.
For more information about Summer Breeze and other PAS programs, call (405) 307-9320.