Wednesday 16 Apr

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.
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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

Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
03/18/2014 | Comments 0
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Watermelon Slim and the Workers return for bluesy benefit

C.G. Niebank May 22nd, 2008

Oklahoma natives Watermelon Slim and the Workers will perform at the Will Rogers Theatre 6 p.m. Saturday along with The Reverb Brothers, The Rexall Rangers and several other performers who will take t...


Oklahoma natives Watermelon Slim and the Workers will perform at the Will Rogers Theatre 6 p.m. Saturday along with The Reverb Brothers, The Rexall Rangers and several other performers who will take the stage to benefit The Referral Center, a local nonprofit that helps drug addicts detox and find recovery.

William "Watermelon Slim" Homans was nominated with his band for six Blues Music Awards for the second year in a row. Slim and his band were given awards for best Album and Band of the Year May 8 in Tunica, Miss.

Slim's music career started in the Seventies when he taught himself to play slide guitar, using a cigarette lighter as a slide, while confined to a Veteran's Administration hospital bed, subsequent to his service in Vietnam. He went on to record a self-produced album of antiwar protest songs, earn several college degrees, work for 12 years as a long-distance trucker hauling hazardous waste, and yes, grow watermelons on a farm near Snow in southeastern Oklahoma.

Sandwiched between these endeavors, which were engaged in to pay off college loans, Slim found time to play with a variety of blues luminaries that included Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Champion Jack Dupree and John Lee Hooker.

A near-fatal heart attack in 2002 propelled Slim back to a renewed full-time commitment to music. Upon recovery, Slim recorded the 2002 CD "Big Shoes to Fill," which became a calling card as he drove coast-to-coast, playing at any venue where he could get booked. The next year, Slim released "Up Close & Personal," and his tireless roadwork paid off when he was nominated in 2005 as best New Artist Debut award by the voting members of The Blues Foundation. The same year, "Up Close & Personal" was named the No. 1 Southern Blues CD of the Year by Real Blues magazine. " C.G.Niebank

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