Three volumes in and A Blackwatch Christmasyet again nabs a spot on the nice list, showcasing a smattering of Oklahoma artists with charming new holiday standards. This year shakes up the status quo with two themed halves — serving up dusty, countrified Christmas ditties on the Holly-Tonk side and soulful hip-hop carols with Jingle Beats, both with joyful returns.
It has been a relatively rocky road for Weatherford alt-country outfit Green Corn Revival, which has seen its share of highs (acting as backing band for rockabilly icon Wanda Jackson) and lows before an (amicable) split in the road led half of the original lineup to forming Honeylark.
Oklahoma is quickly becoming the indie Christmas music capital of the world, it seems, with yearly compilation albums featuring everyone from Stardeath and White Dwarfs to Graham Colton. So it makes sense that Colourmusic — freak-poppers hailing from Stillwater — would craft a full album of original, offbeat holiday tunes themselves.
The Oklahoma City metro has a thriving garage rock scene. With seasoned acts like Broncho and Copperheads carrying the modern-day torch, the way has been paved for a flock of gritty, young, guitar-centric acts. But nascent Norman trio Poolboy has a knack for riotous hooks that few of its contemporaries can boast.
Chris Trapper 7 p.m. Sunday Performing Arts Studio 200 S. Jones, Norman pasnorman.org 307-9320 $15
Chris Trapper is an old pro … although he tends to forget that.
been doing this for a long time, 14 years, and have always had jobs and
opportunities, but I don’t think about it like that,” Trapper said. “I
still think I’m trying to make it.”
scrappy singer-songwriter has been rewarded for all his humble hard
work with tours supporting the likes of Matchbox Twenty in his alt-rock
band, The Push Stars. His songs — both with the band and solo — have
appeared in films like “There’s Something About Mary,” “The Devil Wears
Prada” and “August Rush,” which featured “This Time.”
of people have covered that song,” Trapper said. “There’s one from this
heavyset bald guy who sings it without a shirt on. I never thought that
someday, someone would be singing it shirtless on YouTube.” With The
Push Stars on indefinite hiatus, Trapper has cherished the move to the
more quaint routine of solo performer, watching his life go from a
massive projection to an open book.
“There’s this bizarre, outside pressure that everything has to be big.
When you do solo work,
it can be very isolated, but there’s a beauty in it,” he said. “I don’t
think anyone has seen my solo show and left not
knowing who I am and where I am from. I’ve seen people laugh at my gigs.
I’ve seen people cry at my gigs. You don’t get that sort of intimacy at
a big rock show.”
change also pushed him to become a more well-rounded performer, honing
his craft to include storytelling and even a few jokes to complement his
ceaseless work to grow as a songwriter and musician.
used to take it for granted that I had a little talent and could glide
by … play shows a little drunk or not practice,” Trapper said. “Now that
it’s solo, that goes out the window. You have to be good on all
Trapper believes his latest album, “The Few & the Far Between,” is
his best and most personal to date. The effort features vocals from a
recent tourmate, Men at Work’s Colin Hay, and he’s come to enjoy sharing
such personal ballads with strangers on the road, even if it initially
proved a tad difficult.
first, I couldn’t listen to it,” he said. “There were moments that were
too intimate and too personal. But that’s the thing I like about
records: that you can share a feeling.”