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Planting the seed

“We think about it as a team,” she said. “Watching so many bands for so long and standing in the audience, I was like, ‘I want to try that.’ After playing by yourself for so many years and seeing what level you can reach with so many musicians coming in, you pretty much have to.
07/22/2014 | Comments 0

Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Friday-Saturday
Downtown Tulsa 
centeroftheuniversefestival.com 
$35-$50 

07/22/2014 | Comments 0

Mack truckin’

Swizzymack
9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 
lndrnrs.com 
819-6004 
$10-$15 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 
$20-$40 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

Rock steady

Tesla
7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
frontiercity.com
478-2140
Free with park admission 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle — We Still Love Our Country


Gorgeous country duets and ballads abound

Stephen Carradini June 3rd, 2011

Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle’s “We Still Love Our Country” follows a very simple formula: Beautiful female vocals + easygoing male vocals + country standards + gentle acoustic-based accompaniment = an album of duets that’s an absolute gem, because they found an excellent plan and stuck with it for a wonderful half-hour.

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There are only eight tunes on the record, but they are all wonderful. Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed You” gets a spare, forlorn treatment only trumped by the astoundingly gorgeous John Prine/Robert Braddock number “Unwed Fathers.” The former is the sort of song that stays on your mixtapes for months, if not years. Fans of sad, beautiful acoustic songs will swoon hard for this one, even if it’s about men who don’t swoon hard for their baby mamas. Frown.

The two even manage to make “Love Hurts” sound respectable. It’s by no means the highlight, but even camp like that is redeemed by these two talented musicians. “You’re Still on My Mind” is a two-step country song, as well as “Fire Alarm.” Fans of traditional country will have a field day with those, as well as the aforementioned ballads.

Fans of the acoustic guitar need this album. That’s all there is to it. I’m guessing you can pick it up when Carrie Rodriguez plays tomorrow at The Blue Door. —Stephen Carradini
 
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