Friday 25 Jul

Planting the seed

Chelsey Cope’s new band, Elms, is as earthy and native to Oklahoma as the trees that are their namesake. The soulful folk four-piece’s debut EP, Parallel Lines, was recorded at Bell Labs Recording Studio in Norman and is on its way in September. But the band has already given us a tease, with its first single, “Burn,” going live on SoundCloud on July 14.
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Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Downtown Tulsa 

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Mack truckin’

9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 

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Chevy cruisin’

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

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Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road
Free with park admission 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Barling — Barling With a “B”

Louis Fowler September 11th, 2013

With the exception of a few months in my early teens when I was trying to impress gutter-punk chicks, I have always had a deep and abiding love of country music. Because, as any kid growing up in this region will tell you, it was all my leather-skinned dad would listen to in the car.

Whether it was cheap truck-stop cassette tapes of Freddy Fender or just turning up Ricky Skaggs’ “Honey Won’t You Open That Door” just a little bit louder, it was what I learned to dig, mostly because it was all I had and it was better than nothing.

That said, I used to think most new country music was terrible. And then Barling came into my life.

While they may be coasting on the current potato famine roots revival, this is pure classic country, and Barling With a “B” a classic country album.

The opener, “I’ll Teach Your Lover a Lesson,” is a gorgeously arranged duet between leads Nick Poss and Kelly Crawford that ranks right up there with the playful banter of Conway and Loretta. “Expected” is even better — a rockin’ and reelin’ number that might as well be a rootsy piss-take of Billy Joel’s “You May Be Right.” Slow jam “Old Framed Picture” is suitably heartbreaking.

But the closer, “River of Jordan,” ends the proceedings perfectly: with a semblance of hope. Not only in the love of the protagonist, but for the future of country music in general. —Louis Fowler

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