Oklahoma Music

Appreciating Oklahoma's rich and varied music scene and heritage.

Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
No Depression Community Members: 13
Latest Activity: Oct 28, 2012

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Woody Guthrie Festival

Last night I caught Butch Hancock's set in the Pastures of Plenty at the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah. He was amazing. I admire all the musicians who come to the festival and play, but, at least…Continue

Tags: birthday, guthrie's, pastures, of, plenty

Started by Richard Higgs Jul 16, 2011.

Cody Canada & The Departed -This Is Indian Land

Have you listened yet to Cody Canada & The Departed's new CD "This Is Indian Land"? This is, for me, one of the most exciting Oklahoma-based CDs to come out in a long time. It's a fine tribute to…Continue

Tags: Music, Oklahoma, Departed, Folk, Salad

Started by Richard Higgs Jul 9, 2011.

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Comment by Richard Higgs on October 28, 2012 at 9:33am

Welcome to our newest member Faith Phillips! Faith, feel free to join in or start a conversation here any time.

Comment by Richard Higgs on February 12, 2012 at 6:08pm

Hey, Bill! Yeah, Truckstop Honeymoon is hilarious. Fine people, too. Nice to know you were listening, Cuz. Our playlist was even more eclectic than usual tonight. Some how, it still held together, though.

Comment by bill haile sr on February 12, 2012 at 5:39pm

listening to the show tonight Richard good mix of old blues music. It Had to be you! i like truck stop honeymoon

Comment by Richard Higgs on February 12, 2012 at 5:48am

Welcome to our two newest members, Bill Haile (hey, cuz!) and Joe Charles. Please feel free to kick off any conversation you like that is relevant to Oklahoma music -past or present.

Comment by Richard Higgs on July 31, 2011 at 4:16pm

Well, Lata Gouveia, Felix Sorger, and Oli, the filmmakers from Luxembourg and Germany, are wrapping it up this weekend in Tulsa. Their film, as best as I can piece together, has a lot of performance footage in various Oklahoma jukejoints, featuring a who's who of Oklahoma musicians --and a fictional story overlay. A ghost story, at that! Sounds verrrrrrrrrrrrrrry interesting!


Comment by Richard Higgs on July 19, 2011 at 8:09pm
Welcome to Roger Osburn. Roger, please feel free to join the discussions, and/or start a new one! --Rich
Comment by Scott Meredith Aycock on July 16, 2011 at 7:23pm

Returned from the Woody Guthrie Free Folk Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma.  It was hot outside, but even hotter inside, when I arrived, as young John Fulbright heated up the stage. 

John Fulbright went to high school in Okemah and is now a strapping 22 yr. old singer/songwriter, that I think it is fair to say is the  chosen one to take on the mantle of Woody Guthrie.  He represents so much of what Woody was about.  He has a prolific gift for writing and performing songs that seem to have a depth of vision into life, that far exceeds his 22 years.  He also has a self-deprecating humor that strikes me as genuine and humble.  His musicianship, however, is a wonder to behold.  He can move from guitar to piano to harp to accordian and make them breathe.  His playing is soulful and heart-wrenching at times and joyful and jubilant at others. 

Truth be told, I heard one genuinely inspiring performance after the other.  Mary Reynolds, from Okla. City did the most definitive version of Hobo's Lullaby I have ever heard.  Then later, out at the "Pasture's of Plenty" stage, I caught Texas singer/songwriter, Butch Hancock, rendering song after song in the tradition of Woody.  Butch has a way of seeing the world that, like Woody Guthrie, is "Curly" to the way mainstream culture views itself.  He's not afraid to address the hypocrisy and the injustices that exist around us.  More important, he's not afraid to raise uncomfortable questions which stand political correctness on it's end.  This was evidenced by a new song about the death of Osama Bin Laden that talks about all we did in the wake of his death, ie. celebrations, congratulations, but asks, did anyone pray? 

This is truly an American festival which attempts to be true to the spirit of Woody Guthrie.  The artists who play this festival, do so as a loving tribute to Woody Guthrie and all he stood for and still stands for through voice and guitar and in the hearts and minds of all us folks.


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