Tuesday 29 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 

07/22/2014 | Comments 0

Mack truckin’

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

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Chevy cruisin’

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

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

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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The Point Blank Band — Sad Songs and Whiskey

Hot country with excellent songwriting


Stephen Carradini
The Point Blank Band is a tight unit, as each member contributes to its hot country sound. The title track and opener features great bass and guitar work, a neat fiddle part, and Mike Novotny’s welcoming vocals, which deliver memorable, ear-catching melodies.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle — We Still Love Our Country

Gorgeous country duets and ballads abound


Stephen Carradini
Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle’s “We Still Love Our Country” follows a very simple formula: Beautiful female vocals + easygoing male vocals + country standards + gentle acoustic-based accompaniment = an album of duets that’s an absolute gem, because they found an excellent plan and stuck with it for a wonderful half-hour.
Friday, June 3, 2011

The Workweek — Promises, Promises


Stephen Carradini
Oklahoma City’s The Workweek follows The Jayhawks and Wilco in making the lines between folk, country and rock negligible on its debut release, “Promises, Promises.”
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

MilkDrive — Road from Home

Average 'newgrass' release filed next to Nickel Creek


Stephen Carradini
Average must be the most frustrating thing to be labeled.
Thursday, May 12, 2011

Leon Russell — The Best of Leon Russell

Country rocker gets retrospective


Rod Lott
Last week saw the release of “The Best of Leon Russell,” a 16-track collection of the Oklahoma native’s biggest hits of the 1970s, plus one song from last year’s collaborative album with Elton John.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Alison Krauss and Union Station — Paper Airplane

It's good. But you probably knew that already


Stephen Carradini
At this point, Alison Krauss is impervious to criticism.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mark Growden — Lose Me in the Sand

Some great tunes, as well as some odd ones


Stephen Carradini
Mark Growden’s 2010 release, “Saint Judas,” saw him comfortably in mournful, New Orleans jazz mode.
Friday, March 4, 2011

Kerri Arista — 50 Different Ways

Not heart-stopping, but not snooze-inducing either


Stephen Carradini
Kerri Arista’s “50 Different Ways” is a solid acoustic country/pop album all the way through.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Aaron Lewis — Town Line

Solid country tunes from rock songwriter


Stephen Carradini
Aaron Lewis is not just some guy. He’s the lead singer of Staind.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Jon Hardy and the Public — A Hard Year

Four solid country/rock tunes


Stephen Carradini
I discovered Jon Hardy and the Public via their 2007 tune “Cassius Clay,” which would have been my 2010 song of the year, had it come out then. Hardy’s sturdy yet emotive vocals against the vaguely twangy guitar-pop structures created an immersive mood. The sleigh bells help, of course.
Monday, January 17, 2011

Jack Rowdy - Jack Rowdy


Stephen Carradini
Jack Rowdy’s self-titled album features a diverse array of subgenres within modern country.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Green Corn Revival' Say You're a Sinner

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hayden Miller' Self-titled

Thursday, August 19, 2010