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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.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

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
 

‘Swing’ sets


Oklahoma’s most-likely-official gospel song is all over the Internets

By Rod Lott April 28th, 2011

 Remember the legislative showdown over The Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize??” being named the state of Oklahoma’s official rock song?

Yeah, nothing like that happened Monday when the state House voted unanimously (they can agree on something?!?) to name “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” as Oklahoma’s official gospel song. Now it’s all up to Gov. Mary Fallin to make it happen.

Interestingly, the 1862 African-American spiritual was not performed before the vote, although Rep. Jabar Shumate of Tulsa was asked to give a quick rendition. He declined.

That’s weird, because according to YouTube, just about everyone else has. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most notable — and please note that does not necessarily mean the best:

Some guy recorded it at double-speed:, which seems a tad disrespectful. From heaven, Harriet Tubman is wagging a finger in shame:




Hipsters, it’s totally cool for you to like the song, because Zooey Deschanel curled her lovely pipes around it:




It was covered in 2003 by UB40 to promote the Rugby World Cup, because somehow, rugby equals freedom from slavery. (Has any major-label act recorded more covers than UB40? Just curious.)


Diabetics, beware: Cedarmont Kids’ version may send you into sugar shock. Did the director not get the song’s point when he herded all the children in a caged wagon?



Johnny Cash could sing the Pull A Part ad jingle and make it sound heavy with meaning: 




Tay Zonday, aka the “Chocolate Rain” guy, pulls it off well, because I didn’t laugh once:




Our all-time favorite version is actually a partial one: Chevy Chase’s in “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” right before he tells Rusty to move his stinky feet. We couldn’t find that clip on YouTube, but this guy referenced it. Nice voice, sir; next time, may I suggest a comb? 




—Rod Lott

 
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