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Dustin Prinz - Eleven

Few musicians take the time to master their instrument in the way that Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Dustin Prinz has; he’s a guitar virtuoso in every sense of the word, and Eleven gives him the chance to show just how far he can push that skill.
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Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
04/08/2014 | Comments 0

Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
04/01/2014 | Comments 0

Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
03/25/2014 | Comments 0

Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
03/18/2014 | Comments 0
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Local musicians remember Speedy West


Local guitar legend helped many musicians' careers

Charles Martin May 25th, 2011

In a world full of jaded, egocentric guitar heroes, local musician Gary “Speedy” West Jr. was a generous soul whose genuine love for people was as impactful as his sharp, soulful skills on the pedal steel guitar.

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In a world full of jaded, egocentric guitar heroes, local musician Gary “Speedy” West Jr. was a generous soul whose genuine love for people was as impactful as his sharp, soulful skills on the pedal steel guitar. Sadly, West passed away on May 4 after a long battle with cancer. He was 58.

Multi-instrumentalist Brent Saulsbury played with West in The Clique, the house band for Friends Restaurant & Club. He said while the band will carry on in West’s memory, there is no replacement.

“There might be other guitarists as good, but what made Speedy stand out was that he had an amazing ability to make people feel special,” Saulsbury said. “He didn’t mind stepping out of the spotlight to let me shine for a while, and he’d do that for anyone.”

After moving to Oklahoma City in 2004, guitarist Todd Lynch shared stage time with West, who was instrumental in helping him cobble together a career. Lynch even got to see one of West’s last shows, just two weeks before his passing.

“It’d been a while since I’d seen him play the pedal steel guitar, so I’d forgotten just how good he was,” Lynch said. “He was pretty sick at that point, so he wasn’t carrying the show or anything, mostly letting the other guys take the solos, but when he did solo, he would lean into it like it was the last time he’d ever play.” —Charles Martin

 
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