Café Plaid co-owner and Norman songwriter Farrel Droke took honorable
mention with “Hard Times” in the 2011 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival
Songwriting Competition. You can hear the track here. I wonder if he books himself at his café. I totally would.
Local songwriter JD Smith is raising money for Piedmont’s Hamil family, who lost two sons in the May 24 tornado. The country song “Close to Home” is available on iTunes.
While we’re talking about country music, I’m gonna quote this straight from the press release: “There's no summer vacation for Toby Keith, whose combination of creativity and work ethic have made him one of the most successful entertainers of his era. Most recently, Forbes has ranked him as the top earning country performer on its list of the World's 25 Highest Paid Musicians.” Moore’s favorite son (who now lives in Norman) came in 11th, behind Dave Matthews Band (10) and Justin “the Biebz” Bieber (9). U2 tops the list.
And because new Gazette website editor Matt Carney doesn’t agree with me that Cobra Starship is awesome, this might be your last chance to ever hear about the band on this blog. Here’s a new (and, admittedly, kinda skanky) video for yr summer jam “You Make Me Feel.”