Sunday 13 Jul
 
 

Next big thing

As far as songs go, few prove as challenging to sing as our national anthem.

It’s a technically demanding tune from first note to last, to be sure, beginning with a low bellow that quickly soars toward star-punching high notes, eventually swelling to a show-stopping crescendo that even the most seasoned performer can have trouble mastering.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

Sheriff Woody

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival featuring Jimmy LaFave, Arlo Guthrie and more

Wednesday through Sunday

Okemah

woodyguthrie.com

Free

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

California dreamin’

Modern Pantheist with The Wurly Birds and Larry Chin

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge 

2408 N. Robinson Ave.

thebluenotelounge.com

600-1166

$5

07/02/2014 | Comments 0

Major League tunes

Chipper Jones with The Hitt Boyz, Foxburrows and Milk Jr

8 p.m. Saturday

VZD’s Restaurant & Club

4200 N. Western Ave.

vzds.com

524-4200

07/02/2014 | Comments 0

Neon colors

Utah-based rockers Neon Trees spent a hot summer night setting fire to Tulsa’s legendary Cain’s Ballroom on June 19. Rounding out the aural palette were Smallpools, a lively L.A. powerhouse, and Nightmare and the Cat, a cadre of black-clad Brit/American alt-rockers. Neon Trees’ latest record, Pop Psychology, was the night’s flux capacitor, transporting all who were willing to a neon-soaked parallel universe.
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Zach Winters — They Were Longing For a Better Country


Matt Carney October 19th, 2011

Redemption, peace, fate and desire. Banjos, harmonicas and handclaps. God and man. Stillness.

No, Mumford & Sons hasn’t released their second album yet. Norman singer/songwriter Zach Winters’ fourth LP, “They Were Longing for a Better Country,” blends all the aforementioned into a haunting, but peaceful work that’s more personally convicting and beautifully recorded than what you’ll typically find in the local coffee shop after hours. 

“Country” is rich with delicate, acoustic interludes (I especially enjoyed “While You’re Making Other Plans”) and Winters’ voice, which performs harmonic acrobatics while whispering pastoral and fatherly wisdom.

“And the Little Child” is the centerpiece, chugging along on a fat acoustic bassline provided by brother Alex, as it pulls along a load of biblical symbolism. A midway breakdown transplants the listener to a desert, where the singer’s voice surrounds him as the “fear of the Lord.” It’s Christian music for Christians who seek the presence of God, not for those who just talk about it.

Soon after comes the other standout, the lovely ballad “Small Boat,” which ebbs and flows like the tide implied by the title. Winters’ voice echoes so murkily with the minor piano keys that the track couldn’t have been recorded anywhere but the bottom of the ocean.

What a terrific effort from a local talent. Buy it at zachwintersmusic.com. —Matt Carney

 
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