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.
Spring Jam with Hudson Moore, Casey Donahew Band, Sunny Ledfurd and The Damn Quails 5:30 p.m. Saturday Wormy Dog Saloon 311 E. Sheridan wormydog.com 601-6276 $22-$25
Hudson Moore is something of a young gun on the country circuit. At just 22, he’d seem more at place at college than opening for the likes of Alan Jackson. In truth, he’d be right in the thick of finals if not dropping out to pursue music full-time.
“I had these songs that I had written over the past five or so years and recorded it there in Austin, and we just got a really good reaction,” Moore said of his debut album, 2010’s Fireworks. “Before you know it, we were booked to play every night of the week. My desire to play music was greater than school. We were having to turn down good opportunities, so I decided to put my education on hold.”
Although the Texan thought he’d ditched the world of ramen noodles for bar gigs, he soon found
himself thrust into a different kind of freshman year, attempting to
find footing alongside contemporary country and Red Dirt favorites like
Kevin Fowler and Reckless Kelly.
“It’s kind of like a fraternity. They are all brothers. I’m kind of the newcomer … the pledge,” Moore said.
Green has taken me under his wing, introducing me to his fan base. For
someone like that I’ve always looked up to, it’s really special.”
is in the midst of recording a follow-up EP and single for release
early this summer. He said the material will be more focused on a
pop-country sound than Fireworks, which recalls anything from Keith Urban to B.B. King to Dave Matthews in the span of a song or two.
“There were so many different sounds.
didn’t really know how to describe me. That first album was a chance
for me to play around in the studio, to grow as an artist and put down
any idea I had,” Moore said. “Now, I’m concentrating my efforts and
finding myself as an artist. The more you play, the more you find out
who you are and what you want to say.”