Doug's notes:

After Kevin Conner left the band as a full-time member back in the late '80s, guitar phenom Mike Williams of Cedar Rapids, Iowa stepped in to fill the vacancy. Mike had just cemented his reputation as the area's hottest guitarist  by winning the Martin Guitar competition in 1990; and when I heard his audition tape, it was a no-brainer that he'd be a perfect fit with the Memory Brothers.

Mike and I worked together on the road and in the studio full-time for approximately five years - from about 1990 to 1995. During that time we toured the upper Midwest a lot and recorded several albums together. I soon discovered that Mike was not only a great, live performer but also a talented songwriter and very studio savvy. So we ended up recording demos of several of his original songs. "Goin' To Oklahoma" was one of those demos.

I recently came across the master tape of "Goin' To Oklahoma," and was shocked to realize we'd recorded it a quarter of a century ago! Tempus fugit! Nevertheless the song still holds up even by today's standards and rocks out by melding rock 'n roll with Mike's blues roots. As Jerry Lewis (aka the Nutty Professor) would have said, "It was a toe tapper. I must admit that!"

Mike was inducted into the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 as a member of the Memory Brothers.
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SONG #26

writer: Mike Williams
album: unreleased
recorded: August 14, 1991
artists: the Memory Brothers
  • lead vocal and scat singing: Mike Williams
  • guitar and bass: Mike Williams
  • organ: Doug Koempel
  • drum machine (Alesis HR-16) programmed by Mike
  • recorded at: Bird-On-Fire Recording Studio / West Union, Iowa

play "Goin' To Oklahoma"