Oklahoma's rock-and-roll governor shows off his talents to the masses 

Delegates from all over the United States found out at a recent meeting of state governments that Oklahoma's Gov. Brad Henry knows all about takin' care of business, according to a spokesman.


According to a source in Henry's office who preferred to remain anonymous, the gov knows how to lay down a few hot licks.


A source said the incident occurred at the state-hosted convention of the Council of State Governments, or CSG, a national organization devoted to the rights of state governments, lobbying on behalf of state governments.


The convention, which was held at the Skirvin Hotel, featured a talk by oceanographer, explorer and Titanic discoverer Robert Ballard; a meeting on state terrorism concerns; discussion of the recent mortgage slump; and an impromptu guitar solo by hizzoner Henry.


"Our Oklahoma hosts will showcase the food and music that makes their state unique," states CSG's convention brochure. "Dance to the sound of Pearl, one of Oklahoma's favorite groups."


"Unique" it was. Oklahoma City's "Pearl," a band known to have played with the likes of Toby Keith, Vince Gill and Dr. Hook, apparently backed Henry on a stirring rendition of "Freebird," which Oklahoma's chief executive reportedly really played on an actual guitar " not "Guitar Hero," or air guitar, but the real deal, according to the anonymous source.


But wait, that's not all. Other governors also found out what it means to Henry to sing a rousing version of "Respect." And if he started nice and easy, he finished rough. The set was topped off by Henry singing "Proud Mary" (was the governor, a Democrat, reaching across the aisle to 5th District U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City?).


So, when the rest of the state government leaders left Oklahoma, did they still remember us? At Chicken-Fried News, we bet they did.


"He's a man of many talents, the source said of Henry. "He's a rock-and-roll governor."

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