Wednesday 23 Apr

IndianGiver - Understudies

There’s a difference between being derivative and being inspired by something, a line a lot of artists can’t seem to find — or at least don’t care to.
04/22/2014 | Comments 0

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.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

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
Home · Articles · Music · Music · Swap meet

Swap meet

Local singer-songwriters mix it up at the Saturday Song Swap.

Joshua Boydston January 4th, 2012

Saturday Song Swap featuring Samantha Crain, Ali Harter and more
9 p.m. Saturday
113 N. Crawford, Norman

It’s rare to witness six high-caliber performers share the stage on a given night, even more so at the exact same time. But Opolis’ Saturday Song Swap features six standout Oklahoma musical artists collaborating on one another’s songs, with the performers delicately adding their own little flourish to their colleagues’ ditties.

“Everybody’s mic and guitar will be on the whole time. As you feel led, you can add to your fellow songwriter’s song,” said Samantha Crain, a featured artist who also helped organize the show.

“That’s the fun of it. It’s a more public sort of jam session for songwriters, which is something you don’t see very often.”

This is the second year for the swap, with plans for it becoming an annual event. Crain amassed a healthy smattering of local songwriters and friends like Ali Harter, Penny Hill, Brine Webb (pictured), John Calvin and Jesse Aycock to play at this incarnation.

It’s an exciting and unfamiliar experience for these solo performers who typically opt for the seclusion of their bedrooms to write and assemble their most intimate thoughts and feelings.

Hill said she is looking forward to the chance to stretch herself beyond her normal comfort zone.

“It’s fun and exciting and vulnerable and nerve-wracking all at once,” she said of collaborating.

“You’re nervous it might come out jumbled, but you’re excited to hear new life in something you maybe have moved past already.”

Webb feels much the same, although he said he’s most excited to have influences like Crain and Aycock there to add to his own works.

“There’s the fact that we as songwriters often discuss ideas of collaboration, usually in the form of side projects, but it’s hard to get those ideas going,” Webb said.

“With this show, it’s kind of an instant forced collaboration, and whatever comes from it is the show. No hard work, no second-guessing, no arguing. Just collaborating. I think it is a useful exercise, if nothing else.”

The somewhat structured progression of the show, with each performer playing one of his or her own songs before moving on to the next artist, should prevent any sort of full-on jamband session.

Gaudy guitar solos and 30-minute bongo breakouts are likely to be replaced by something a little more purposeful.

“Songwriters are a little more thoughtful with what they add,” Crain said with a laugh. “It’s a different perspective than the typical jam.”

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5