Vince Gill and Jimmy Webb Collaborate for Oklahoma Centennial

Two native Oklahomans — Vince Gill and Jimmy Webb — will debut a song on Sept. 11 in Oklahoma City as part of the state’s centennial celebration. “Oklahoma Rising,” with music by Gill and lyrics by Webb, provides a concise overview of the state’s history, including the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s and the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City. Gill was born in Norman, Okla. Webb, whose songwriting credits include “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston” and “Highwayman,” was born in Elk City, Okla. The 100th anniversary of Oklahoma’s statehood takes place Nov. 16.