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Catch the progressive bluegrass — or “newgrass,” get it? — sounds of the Grammy-nominated group The Greencards at 8 p.m. Sunday at The Blue Door, 2805 N. McKinley.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

5 WTF Facts About Randy Travis

These are true, amen.

Rest assured that country superstar Randy Travis — who plays 8 p.m. May 7 at Lucky Star Casino in Clinton — is going to love you forever and ever, amen. That much, we know.

But did you know this about the man who “Ain’t Made of Stone”?

1. His real last name? Traywick, which sounds more cafeteria than country.

2. He credits his manager, Elizabeth Hatcher, for turning his focus from drugs to ditties. (They married in 1991, despite her being two decades older, only to split last year.)

3. He has only three Grammy awards to his name, yet seven appearances on the TV series "Touched by an Angel." Believe it ... or not?

4. His most believable film performance? Playing himself in the "National Treasure" sequel. (Runner-up? Ummmm, we’re going with Control Room Technician, "Baby Geniuses.")

5. He once shot down tabloid rumors of homosexuality with, "Someone in Nashville is quoted as saying, 'If Randy Travis isn't gay, then my grandmother is Willie Nelson.' The person that made that statement better tell your grandmother to buy a red wig, get a bandana, and learn to sing through her nose." —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 04.26.2011 3 years ago
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Winning a Grammy, playing with Prince — it’s been a magical time of late for the Latin funk outfit Grupo Fantasma.


Joshua Boydston
Grupo Fantasma
8 p.m. Friday
Opolis, 113 N. Crawford, Norman, 820-0951
$10 advance/$12 day of show
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

'String' it out

Active in bluegrass, jazz and country, Mark O’Connor plays the fiddle, violin, mandolin, mandola and guitar.


Ryan Querbach
Two-time Grammy-winning violinist Mark O’Connor stops in the metro Sunday to stage his “American String Celebration.”
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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Legendary ’70s rock band Steely Dan takes the stage at 8 p.m. tonight at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Switch on

The guys of Switchfoot pray you’ll move your feet to Frontier City for their blessed brand of hard rock.


Joshua Boydston
7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road
Free with park admission
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pop this

OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Sans Garfunkel, Paul Simon brings his sounds of silence — and other legendary hits — to the Civic Center Music Hall stage, 201 N. Walker.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pilot this

OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
“Where ya going tomorrow?” Well, at 8 p.m. Saturday, to the Stone Temple Pilots concert!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Paul Simon — One Trick Pony / Hearts and Bones / Graceland / The Rhythm of the Saints

Disclaimer: Only once had I previously listened all the way through one of these recordings.


Matt Carney
Everybody over the age of 48, chill out.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Grammy errors

A few Okies and a lot of absurdity dot this year’s nominations.

Ada-born Blake Shelton; country’s shiniest lady-star Carrie Underwood; and local kiddie-rock stars Sugar Free Allstars (pictured) all got nominated in this year’s round of Grammy nominations, announced today.

OK, so the OKC-based Allstars’ nom comes tangentially, as they contributed the song “Cooperate” to the “All about Bullies ... Big and Small” collection for Cool Beans Music that was nominated for Best Children’s Album, but still cool. Shelton’s and Underwood’s came in the usual country categories.

But yeah, year after year, the Grammy nominees just get increasingly absurd.

This year’s no different. Bon Iver’s up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist (I suppose you have to sell out mid-size theaters across this country and others in order to be considered a “new artist” these days), competing against the likes of Adele (really?), Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and Skrillex.

Fleet Foxes got nominated for Best Folk Album, which is forgivable until you consider that they’re trying to take down Eddie Vedder’s “Ukelele Songs.” Radiohead is in the Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song categories for “Lotus Flower,” possibly the least rock-like song it’s ever recorded. The band’s bizarre, inventive “The King of Limbs” isn’t even in the Best Rock Album category — it’s nominated for Best Alternative Music Album, ostensibly ousted by Okie natives Kings of Leon’s “Come Around Sundown,” or as I like to call it, “the biggest turd in the whole bowl.”

Wilco is nominated again! I guess once you get nominated and keep making records, you get nominated for life. It’s a travesty that Beyoncé’s best-ever album, “4,” didn’t net anything, and even worse that single “1+1” received no recognition.

And sweet lord, “Sigh No More” was released in October 2009! And yet Mumford & Sons are still up for as many trophies as Bon Iver. I’m writing my congressman.

by Matt Carney 12.01.2011 2 years ago
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