Sunday, September 30, 2007

The Angel/Devil

We are currently forming the street team for The Angel/Deviland are looking for the best of the best to join.

This team will be the band's eyes, ears and connection to the outside world.

We're looking for people who can do more than just hang up posters and pass out fliers (although those two things will definitely be done). We want people who can tell us where the hot spots are in their town or state, people who are tastemakers and always introduce their friends to new music, people who aren't afraid to get out and talk to people and most of all, people who get what The Angel/Devil is all about.

If you're interested in joining us, please e-mail for an application to see if you're what we're looking for. We look forward to having you...

A texas songwriter would like some help and your comments please...

with her guitar in her hand,
State to state she traveled
just to find a GUITAR loving MAN.
Yeah to hold her hand someone to call her babe.

Yeah, She's going down to Nashville,
Going to get herself a job
going to show this town what she's made of
she's worn-out of all these snobs.
Yeah, She's a woman a GUITAR LOVIN' WOMAN
Just a traveling' to make herself a big shot.
guitar loving women lending a helping hand
guitar loving women looking for guitar man
a going from state to state
got her guitar stamped in gold
on the back of her certificate plate.

Yeah she's a woman a GUITAR LOVIN' WOMAN.
Just traveling to make her well known.
I go out on the town, with my guitar.
JAMMIN' HONKY TONKIN' in all the bars.
Doing the boogie all night long
Hillbilly stomping' to nation songs.
Getting together for a party night,
me and my guitar will do it up right.
Dancing and singing will take us far.
JAMMIN' HONKY TONKIN' with my guitar.
guitar loving women lending a helping hand
guitar loving women looking for guitar man
a going from state to state
got her guitar stamped in gold looking
for guitar man too grow old.

The strings start squealing as the people
start to scream, Rocking' and rolling is
a making' the scene. Give a little country
every now and then, JAMMIN' HONKY TONKIN'
is a blue ribbon sin.
JAMMIN' HONKY TONKIN' with my guitar,
Will get the people dancing yeah, near and
far. Rocking' and rolling' will make a scar
Look over yonder and what do you see, a
swinging' rocking' roller dancing round that
OLD fir TREE. Another was a smoking' and a
really getting' high, the rest was a rocking'
now man this isn't no jive.
guitar loving women lending a helping hand
guitar loving women looking for guitar man
a going from state to state
looking for her soul.

Yeah, Let the music take control.
Yeah, going to get into the groove baby,
Showed how we move baby.
Let's a ROCK to the beat,
Get out on our feet.
We're going to ROCK tonight
because it feels so right,
we're going to do it, do it baby all night.

Boohoo baby yeah you turn me on, AROCIN' to
the rhythm of those hungry songs. The place
is in the pend orille vally where the crowd is wild and
high, listening to ROCK music while the
weathers nice and mild.
guitar loving women lending a helping hand
guitar loving women looking for guitar man
crazy as you she rockin for the man
of her dreamsgot her guitar stamped in
gold ready to give her soul.

JAMMIN' HONKY TONKIN' with my guitar,
Will get the people dancing yeah, near and
far. Rocking' and rolling' will make a scar
JAMMIN' HONKY TONKIN' with my guitar
Look over yonder and what do you see, a
swinging' rocking' roller dancing round that
OLD fir TREE. Another was a smoking' and a
really getting' high, the rest was a rocking'
now man this isn't no jive.
I'm reaching out, into the dark,
desperately trying to grasp a loving hand.
of that guitar women.
I'm drowning; I'm drowning,
in this sea of broken dreams.
find me the guitar man let him ,
hear me when I scream for your loving hand your guitar loving women
with guitar loving man.

Please.. email you comments and help, interest to and we will forward on to the writer. Many thanks...

Saturday, September 29, 2007

On this day in history... Gene Autry born...

1907 : Gene Autry born
Actor and singer Gene Autry is born in Tioga, Texas, to a horse trader who also worked as a Baptist minister.

During his boyhood, Gene's family moved from Texas to Oklahoma. In high school, Autry worked as a railway telegrapher at the local railroad depot, where he spent slow moments strumming his $8 guitar and singing. Passing through the depot one day, a stranger-who turned out to be Will Rogers-suggested that Autry try singing on the radio. Inspired, Autry traveled to New York City to look for a singing job but had no luck. Back home, he began working for a local radio station and found success as "Oklahoma's Yodeling Cowboy."

Eventually, Autry and railroad dispatcher Jim Long wrote several country songs, including the world's first gold record, "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine." Autry became a regular on Sears Roebuck's National Barn Dance, the forerunner of the Grand Ole Opry.

In 1934, producer Nat Levine was looking for an actor who could sing and ride a horse. Autry wasn't an actor but had already established a loyal radio audience, so Levine put him in numerous B-grade westerns. Playing the lead role in a long-running series of Saturday matinee films, Autry became America's favorite singing cowboy.

In 1940, his musical-variety radio show, Gene Autry's Melody Ranch, debuted; it ran until 1956. He became America's favorite television cowboy in 1950 when he debuted The Gene Autry Show, which ran through 1956. In each episode, he and his sidekick, Pat Buttram, rode from town to town, maintaining law and order.

From "Back in the Saddle Again" to yuletide mainstays like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman," Autry's music became part of American life. He was also an entrepreneur, owning hotels, gas stations, and the California Angels baseball team, among other ventures. He also owned a television production company and was proud of discovering "Annie Oakley" star Gail Davis, whom he featured in dozens of his movies and television program episodes. Her appearances spun off into her own series, which Autry's company produced. Autry was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1969. He died in 1998.


From: Deeper

Is Online

Date: Sep 29, 2007 7:28 AM
Subject: Last Night
Body: Thanks for coming out last night at Snockers. Larry was up to feeling his old self again.
The band couldn't have sounded better.
We saw some old friends we haven't seen in awhile and we had a great time. Richard showed us just how good he is on the guiter.
Our fans ROCK

Classics Bar and Grill

From: Classics Bar and Grill

Date: Sep 28, 2007 6:57 PM
Subject: Saturday
Body: Dont forget the End of Summer Bash is on Saturday!!!!!!!!!!!

T shirts are on sale now for $12!!!

Blake Lankford

From: Blake Lankford

Date: Sep 28, 2007 7:43 PM
Subject: GOT A NEW SONG! click on pic
Body: Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


From: HollowEye

Date: Sep 28, 2007 7:53 PM
Subject: Holloweye plays battle of the bands this sunday.
Body: HollowEye plays Battle of the Bands this Sunday @ The Bricktown Ballroom. This is an all ages show and is $8 in avd thru me and $ 10 at the door.

The Angel/Devil

From: The Angel/Devil

Date: Sep 28, 2007 8:46 PM
Subject: Big OKC Show Announced....
Body: Listen up Oklahoma City....

We'll be headlining the 94.7 The Buzz 'Buzzfeast' block party on November 1st outside of the Coca-Cola Events Center before the Blue October/Shiny Toy Guns/Yellowcard show!

The show will start at 4 pm and it is ALL AGES and FREE.

Listen to 94.7 The Buzz for more details....

See you then!

-The Angel/Devil


From: Deeper

Is Online

Date: Sep 29, 2007 7:21 AM
Subject: TONIGHT Greg's Place, Caney Ks
Body: We start at 9 tonight. Come on out and enjoy our journey.
We'll be looking out for you.

OH MY......

Red Dirt Road Mom

From: Red Dirt Road Mom

Date: Sep 29, 2007 2:37 AM
Body: Well...I wanted to go see Kevin ^ Aaron but didn't want to have to mess with the HUGE, we were going to go to the Neon Spur to see Cody, Johnny, Casey, Doug, & Jay...but it looked we headed to The Iron Horse to see Wes Jeans...never seen him before & it was pretty crowed but we decided what the heck...MAN...I AM SOOOOOOOOO GLAD WE DID!! We had seen all of the other people in town & HE WAS SO AWESOME! HE IS ONE OF THE MOST GIFTED GUITAR PLAYERS WE HAVE EVER SEEN!
We were just blown away with his talent ....if you have never heard this guy....go to his Myspace page & hear him & do yourself a favor....GO SEE HIM NEXT CHANCE YOU GET...he did JIMI HENDRIX & STEVIE RAY VAUGHN...all justice & then some!! CHECK HIM OUT!

He is definately...Mama PJ certified & Papa Ron certified too!
BTW...we had our Johnny Cooper shirts on & he asked who he was & we told him & he said to be sure to TELL JOHNNY COOPER HELLO FROM WES JEANS!

Junior Brown

Guit happy

by: JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer

Alt-country’s poster boy Junior Brown gets ready for his newest guitar

When Junior Brown moved to the Tulsa area more than 20 years ago, it was to play music with legendary steel guitar player Leon McAuliffe, who played with Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys.

It was also to teach music at Oklahoma’s Hank Thompson School of Country Music at Rogers State College.

“Leon McAuliffe and Eldon Shamblin were the guys who were teaching music classes up in Claremore,” he said in a recent phone interview from his home near Bixby.

There, he also met his future wife, backup singer and rhythm guitarist Miss Tanya Rae, as he calls her.

It’s been a long, fun ride since then, he admitted.

And, eight albums and countless live solo shows later, he admits he has no intention of quitting any time soon.

Catch him this Friday, when he’ll combine alt-country soul with the lively and unpredictable spirit of rock ’n’ roll, at the Continental Club, First Street and Elgin Avenue.

Gunshy, a Chicago-based, throaty Tom Waits-meets-Bob Dylan indie folk/rock act, will open.

As for the venue, Brown is well-recognized for helping put a famous Austin, Texas, club by the same name on the map.

How? He’ll tell you: “It’s music for everybody. People who love country love me because it sounds like traditional country ... people who don’t love country music tell me they like me because I don’t sound like traditional country music at all,” he said with a chuckle.

Singing about (among other things) the highway patrol, parole boards, hillbilly hula gals, singing janitors and a wife who believes her husband’s mistress is dead, his song lyrics span the exploits of the working class – and are celebrated by it.

Also, Brown has been known to play just about anywhere that people will come to listen – from Cain’s Ballroom to, well, tiny underground venues.

“I’ll play wherever they’ll come to see me,” he said with a laugh.

“There’s even this little sort of a storage shed type of place called Unit D. I played all kinds of places. It’s fun.”

Simply, Brown loves to play.

And play he does.

He’s been named No. 1 lap steel player, No. 2 country artist and No. 3 country album in Guitar Player Magazine’s 1994 “Best of ...” listings.

He also was named the only contemporary musician in Life Magazine’s “All Time Country Band” rankings.

Since then, he’s released six more albums, which made him one of the most critically acclaimed country artists of the 1990s and early 2000s.

And a large part of that fame includes how he plays his dear custom guitars.

When asked about his guitar, “Big Red,” a custom dualnecked standard six-string and steel guitar combo that he calls a guit (southernly pronounced “get”), his slow drawl quickens.

When performing, Junior nimbly plays the guitar by standing behind it, while it rests on a small podium and music stand.

“That’s the only one I play anymore,” he said of Big Red.

Most of his others, including his first, Old Yeller, have been given away, he said. Yeller even hung in the Country Music Hall of Fame for years before he gave it to his mentor, Bobby Cudd.

“But I’ve got a new one coming with pedals on it,” that will allow him to play pedal steel while standing up, he said excitedly.

“I haven’t figured out a name for that one yet,” he said, explaining that a name comes with a “feel” for how the instrument plays.

And this one’s completely unique.

“It’s nice, the same kind of border inlay’s gonna be going around the steel, so it’ll tie it all together. It’s much bigger than the other guit steels I play because of the mechanism needed underneath to reach the pedals. It’s like nothing else, kind of like me,” he said, then chuckled.

It won’t be ready for Friday’s show, he said.

“But I will be,” he said with a deep laugh. “Y’all come out. It’ll be a ball.”

Down for Five

Down with that

by: JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Staff Writer

Hard rock band Down for Five nabs opening act slots for national acts

Local melodic hard rock act Down for Five is a busy, busy band.

From playing the main stage of monster rock festival Rocklahoma, to recently announcing their opening gig for the Misfits tour when it hits Tulsa, to playing with Rhino Bucket, to working on a new album, this gang of four just doesn’t quit.

But the highlight for the band so far this year?

Meeting and playing with some of their music heroes.

“Rocklahoma as a whole was so cool,” said lead guitarist Janna Jordan. “We got to meet some really legendary people at that event — major influences to us — and that was such a highlight for all of us, to not only see those bands perform but meet them, too.

“We made some really special memories out there.”

The band played alongside such bands as Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Poison, Dokken, Vince Neil, Ratt and more, she said.

One special memory in particular was how they met Deme Bermudez, tour manager for hard rock act Rhino Bucket.

That connection helped seal the deal for this Friday’s show, when DFF will open for the band at Torchy’s Two Bucks Saloon, 3128 S. Mingo Road.

“We had the opportunity to get to know Deme a little bit online on the Rocklahoma fan forum and then met him in person at Rocklahoma,” she said in a recent e-mail interview.

“He’s an awesome guy and he liked our band, so he got in touch with us about Rhino Bucket coming through Tulsa and asked us to open for them.

“We’re pumped; it’s going to be a really fun show.”

Recently, DFF was also named a 2007 Spot Music Award nominee for Best Hard Rock Act — where it will perform for the first time at the SMA awards show, Oct. 20 at Cain’s Ballroom in downtown Tulsa.

“It’s always an honor to know that the media feels we’re worthy of that kind of recognition,” she said.

“The Tulsa World said it’s our fourth consecutive, but we all thought it was the fifth one … I don’t know, I’ve lost count,” she said, then laughed.

“And honestly, being asked to perform is even more exciting because now we have a chance to shine for a few minutes in front of a large number of our peers and the great music supporters here in Tulsa. We can’t wait.”

After all, it is the band’s live show that earned them the recognition as one of the top five acts at 2006’s Diversafest (Dfest) music festival in Tulsa, by Denver Post pop critic and Rolling Stone contributor Ricardo Baca.

And then there’s that gig with the iconic horror punk band, the Misfits, in November.

When the band was approached about the idea of opening for the band on its 30th anniversary tour, “It was a no brainer,” she said. “What a killer opportunity to land an opening slot for such a legendary band,” said Jordan.

The show is Nov. 5, and DFF will play with openers HotrodboB and Sworn Against.

Each act is selling tickets for the show, which gives fans a change to avoid service charges, she said.

“Plus, this gives us an opportunity to connect one-onone with the fans and basically hand-deliver these tickets to them,” she said.

Tickets are $21 purchased from the opening acts, $23 in advance or $27 day of show, she said.


When: 9:30 p.m. Friday with openers Down for Five

Where: Torchy’s Two Bucks Saloon, 3128 S. Mingo Road

Admission: $5 at door, venue is 21+

Sneak a peek online: Down for Five:, and Rhino Bucket: www.tulsaworld. com/rhinobucket

Associate Images:


Janna Jordan (foreground) and Syke Mochek perform at Rocklahoma last summer.

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Riders in the Sky

Cowboy cronies

by: JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

Riders in the Sky celebrates 100 years of Gene Autry

The man known as Ranger Doug, the “Idol of American Youth” and front man of Riders in the Sky, can’t remember a time when Gene Autry wasn’t on his mind.

“I suppose that dates me as much as anything,” Ranger Doug said, chuckling. “But Gene Autry was very much a part of the fabric of my growing up.

“I saw his movies when they came out,” he said. “I watched his TV show. And everybody’s heard (Autry’s song) ‘Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.’ People my age just know Gene Autry.”

From the late 1920s, when a chance meeting with Will Rogers set him on a performing career, until his death in 1998, a lot of people got to know Gene Autry.

He first made his name on radio as “Oklahoma’s Yodeling Cowboy” (though born in Texas, Autry claimed Oklahoma as his home), and soon was a popular recording artist, with hit songs such as “That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine” and “Back in the Saddle Again.”

That latter tune would quickly become Autry’s theme song once he made the move to films in 1934. He made 45 Western films that established him as the prototype of the “singing cowboy,” a title later taken up by performers such as Roy Rogers and taken to sometimes comic extremes by Riders in the Sky.

As devotees of “The Cowboy Way,” Riders in the Sky – singer-guitarist Ranger Doug (Douglas Green), fiddler Woody Paul (Paul Woodrow Crisman), bassist Too Slim (Fred LaBour) and Joey the Cow Polka King (Joey Miskulin) on accordion – has been performing original and classic Western music for more than three decades.

This year is the 100th anniversary of Autry’s birth, and Riders in the Sky have spent much of the year celebrating that fact.

The group has re-released its 1996 Autry tribute album, “Public Cowboy No. 1,” with four additional tracks. They also participated in an all-star tribute recording, “Boots Too Big to Fill,” and are in the midst of an international tour that features the Riders performing a number of Autry’s best-known songs.

The tour brings them to Oklahoma this weekend for a series of performances throughout the state. These include appearing as part of the Broadway on Bartlesville series, and as part of the Gene Autry Film and Music Festival, to be held on Autry’s birthday in the Oklahoma town that now bears his name.

“Where else would we be on Sept. 29, except in Gene Autry, Oklahoma, celebrating Gene Autry’s 100th birthday?” Ranger Doug asked rhetorically.

The shows the Riders will do at these dates will be a mix of Autry tunes with other cowboy songs.

“It’s not that there’s any kind of dearth of material – Gene recorded something like 500 songs,” Ranger Doug said.

“And only a portion of those were in the genre we do. Gene did a lot of straight country songs, a lot of blues, a lot of holiday and novelty songs.”

Some may have thought Riders in the Sky was something of a novelty, too, when the group (originally a trio) took the stage at a Nashville nightspot in 1977.

But the Riders’ mix of sharp music and even sharper wit – disseminated through thousands of concerts, hundreds of TV appearances and dozens of recordings – has helped the group endure.

“Humor has been our stock in trade,” so quoth Ranger Doug. “By making everyone from kids to grandparents laugh, we’ve been able to keep something we think is a valuable part of our culture alive. I doubt there’s any way we would have lasted 30 years if we’d taken ourselves seriously.”


Centennial Salute to Gene Autry


7:30 p.m. – Poncan Theater, Ponca City.

Tickets: $21.55, $28.03, $33.43 and $38.83 (prices include sales tax). To order, call (580) 765-0943.


Part of the Gene Autry Oklahoma Museum Music and Film Festival in Gene Autry, Oklahoma.

2 p.m. – Matinee show.

4:30 p.m. – Reception with Riders in the Sky.

8:30 p.m. – Evening concert.

Tickets: $20 for matinee show only; $35 for matinee show and reception; $25 and $35 for evening concert. To order, call (580) 294-3047.


2 p.m. – Bartlesville Community Center, Adams Boulevard and Cherokee Avenue.

Tickets: $15-$43 adults, $5-$20 students. To order, call (800) 618-2787.

OCT. 2

7:30 p.m. – Herod Hall Auditorium, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva.

Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students. To order, call (580) 327-8590.

Associate Images:


Is this the address of the birthday party? Riders in the Sky is Joey the Cow Polka King (left), Too Slim, Woody Paul and Ranger Doug.

Copyright © 2007, World Publishing Co. All rights reserved

Jump 5

Jumping-off point

by: JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer

Jump 5 appearance is part of band’s farewell tour

Hello is indeed goodbye.

Especially for the young pop act of Jump 5, whose members are already veterans in the music biz, many of them already spending more than half their lives enmeshed in it.

Just in time for the release of its album, “Hello & Goodbye,” on Oct. 9, the contemporary Christian band has recently embarked on its farewell tour.

“It hasn’t completely hit us yet that it’s ending, but we still see each other all the time. It’s weird; we’ve been doing this for eight or nine years no w, so the thought of this being over is strange for us,” said band member Brittany Hargest in a recent telephone interview.

You won’t hear about any infighting or backstabbing or drama from these inspirational young pop idols, though.

They just thought it was time to move on to the next growing period of their lives, Hargest said.

Hargest and her brother Brandon are working on a rock band project.

Lesley Moore is getting hitched, and focusing more on a possible country music career.

Chris Fedun has moved to Los Angeles, throwing himself into his solo and acting career.

And how about that legion of loyal fans?

How have they taken the news?

“It’s been crazy,” she said.

“We have pretty dedicated fans — they’ve been catching many of the last shows,” she said.

“They’re still like, ‘Oh, we’ll see you a couple more times,’ ” she said with a laugh.

But that will change as the tour nears its end in January and reality sets in, she said.

“There’ve been a couple of girls that came through the signing line — we sign autographs after shows — and they were bawling. . . .

“They gave us a fan book they’d made from all the years they’ve been listening to us, and all the concerts they’ve been to. It was so cool and really made me sad,” she said.

In the meantime, however, the tour — and the new album — is a bittersweet homage to fans old and new, and an ebullient message of hope for the future.

Jennifer Chancellor 581-8346


Tulsa State Fairgrounds, Oklahoma Stage

8 p.m. Monday

All concerts on the Oklahoma Stage are free with a paid gate admission. Gate prices are: $8 adults, $4 for seniors 64+ and military personnel, $5 for children 6-12, and free for children age 5 and younger.

Sneak a peek online:

Associate Images:


Just in time for the release of its album, “Hello & Goodbye,” on Oct. 9, the contemporary Christian band Jump 5 recently embarked on its farewell tour. It will play the Tulsa State Fair on Monday.

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Country: Travis Tritt 'The Storm'

Fri September 21, 2007

Country: Travis Tritt 'The Storm'

Travis Tritt "The Storm” (Category 5 Records)
On "The Storm,” contemporary country hitmaker Travis Tritt unleashes his soulful side with the help of his co-producer, "American Idol” judge Randy Jackson.

Tritt put a rock edge on his hits "Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares),” "T-r-o-u-b-l-e” and "I'm Gonna Be Somebody.” On his new album, the Georgia-born singer successfully taps into the Southern R&B, soul and gospel traditions, adding moaning guitar riffs, jazzy piano flourishes and sassy female backup singers to several songs.

Besides Jackson, Tritt gets plenty of able help on his independent label debut. Songwriter and former pop star Richard Marx co-wrote the grooving tracks "Mudcat Moan (Prelude)/You Never Take Me Dancing” and "Doesn't the Good Outweigh the Bad.” Accomplished blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd gets a workout on "Somehow, Somewhere, Someway,” which he co-wrote.

Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren delivers romance with the ballads "(I Wanna) Feel Too Much” and "I Don't Know How I Got By.” Tritt and Matchbox Twenty front man Rob Thomas co-wrote the plaintive "What if Love Hangs On.”

Tritt hasn't forsaken his country ways. He ably covers Hank Williams Jr.'s "The Pressure Is On” and gets into the honky-tonk spirit with master fiddler Charlie Daniels on "High Time for Gettin' Down.”

— Brandy McDonnell

Jimmy Webb prefers music old-fashioned way

Fri September 28, 2007

Jimmy Webb prefers music old-fashioned way

By Gene Triplett
The Oklahoman
In this age of download services, instant stardom via TV talent shows and stars that fall as quickly as they rise, the son of a preacher man from Elk City still does his music business the old-fashioned way: writing his own songs and putting them out there an album's-worth at a time. And he'll probably be doing it that way for a long time to come.

"Live and at Large — Jimmy Webb in the U.K.” is his latest, featuring songs that span a 40-year career of writing hits for other artists, now sounding more emotionally genuine than ever as interpreted by the man who created them.

And even though tunes such as "Wichita Lineman” and "Paul Gauguin in the High Seas” were penned at different stages of his life, they seem to make sense as an album-format collection, tied together by his thoughtful monologue recollections of artists he's known, befriended and worked with, such as Richard Harris, Waylon Jennings, Glen Campbell and Frank Sinatra. It's not the kind of album that lends itself to the cherry-picking of single songs off the Internet at 99 cents a pop, a trend that's changing the face of the music trade.

Contrary to industry analysts' predictions, Webb says, it's not a trend that will kill the album concept.

"Artists are never going to give up the idea of making albums, because it is an art form,” he said in a phone interview from his home in Bayville on Long Island, N.Y. "It's the way you organize your music into something that makes sense. You can't just go along, popping out songs at random and have any continuity in your career, any real texture that you can go back and recount how a person changed or when they evolved into a different kind of artist, or a better artist, or went acoustic, or went electric or whatever.

"The album — it's the form that we use to communicate with our fans, with our public. That's not going to change. I don't see how that could possibly change.”

However, unlike other artists of his generation, Webb achieved his fame and fortune as a songwriter a full three years before he recorded his album debut, having penned the Grammy-winning songs "By the Time I Get to Phoenix” (recorded by Campbell) and "Up, Up and Away” (the Fifth Dimension) in 1967. A hastily assembled collection of demos was rushed onto shelves in '68 without Webb's permission, capitalizing on his new success, but his formal bow as a recording artist in his own right, "Words & Music,” didn't appear until 1970.

Ten albums and a lifetime of songwriting achievement have happened since, including a golden string of Grammy-winning hits he's composed (and often arranged and produced) for other artists, induction into the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters' Hall of Fame, and the respect and admiration of the biggest names in show business, not to mention a legion of faithful fans — many of whom wept or fell in love to the cinematically romantic music and lyrics of "MacArthur Park,” "Didn't We” and "The Worst That Could Happen.”

It's the fans, Webb says, who'll keep album sales alive.

"The dyed-in-the-wool Bruce Springsteen fan will buy the album,” he said. "He'll buy all the tracks, and whatever you release. And artists are not going to give up the idea of making albums, even if record companies do and even if the public does.”

As for the severe drop in compact disc sales in recent years, Webb says, "I don't know what to say about that except if you devalue the product that you make and if you make really bad records, that's what happens. If you forget how important it is to create albums that have great songs on them, and if you believe that artists are going to come from ‘American Idol,' if that's what you believe, if you believe in ‘instant showbiz,' then that's what you're going to get. But you can see there's no longevity to it, and it certainly has not been good for the business.”

On the "American Idol”-bred success of fellow Oklahoman Carrie Underwood, Webb said, "Oh, I'm very happy for her. I'm very happy for her. Certainly I take nothing away from her. And I'm sure that now she can go through the excruciating process of actually enduring the disappointments and the hard knocks of a long-term career in show business that just builds character and actually creates an artist of great depth and sensitivity.

"It's not winning a contest on TV. And the fact that we think this is the new way to pick our stars is really self-delusion. It's not the way the public is going to pick stars.”

Hinder homecoming

Fri September 21, 2007

Hinder homecoming

By Gene Triplett
The Oklahoman
"Always a good time.”

That's Hinder's motto. The five guys who form this Oklahoma City-bred band think that's what rock 'n' roll should be all about, and they do their damnedest to prove it all night, every night. First they play music, then they just play. And they go at it hard, on both counts.

Their songs echo the '80s school of straight-ahead, arena-roof-raising rock, with swaggering anthems and epic power ballads cranked to 11, while their offstage behavior recalls those thrilling days of yesteryear when hot and cold running groupies and grog were standard equipment in every rock star's hotel room. It seems Hinder is on a mission to uphold that tradition.

But when a band rises from hometown neighborhood bar circuit obscurity to double-platinum-selling, international-touring status in less than two years, that's cause for celebration. The right to party has been well-earned, and their Bad Boys of Rock Tour is aptly named. They're headlining now, with Papa Roach and Buckcherry along for the wild ride that brings them home to the Zoo Amphitheatre on Saturday.

When Hinder drummer-songwriter Cody Hanson called last week, he was stoked about the band's latest triumphant return, but it took him a fuzzy moment to remember where he was calling from ... oh yeah, Knoxville, Tenn.

"Yeah, this is actually one of the rare occasions where I'm actually able to answer that question,” he said.

Not surprising, as the band has been touring almost nonstop since the September 2005 release of its major-label debut, "Extreme Behavior,” which to date has sold 2.7 million copies in the U.S. alone and yielded five hit singles including "Get Stoned” (No. 4, Mainstream Rock chart), "Lips of an Angel” (No. 1, Pop 100), "How Long” (No. 6, Mainstream Rock), "Better Than Me” (No. 16, Mainstream Rock) and "Homecoming Queen” (No. 16, Mainstream Rock).

The 700-plus live shows have paid off handsomely in terms of fortune and fanbase, but Hanson admits the rigors of the road can sometimes take their toll on a dude, even one in his mid-20s who keeps fit playing drums for a living.

"Yeah, you know, it does a little bit, whenever you drink as much as we do,” he said. "It'll get ya a little bit, but nah, we're still good. That's kinda what makes it fun, you know? Just as long as we keep that up, and it keeps everybody's spirits and morale up, then we're good.”

One might suspect the members of Hinder — which also includes singer-songwriter Austin Winkler, guitarist-vocalist Joe "Blower” Garvey, guitarist-pianist-vocalist Mark King and bassist-vocalist Mike Rodden — consciously cultivate their "Bad Boys of Rock” image, openly and nonchalantly discussing their hard-partying ways to complement their lyrics about getting stoned and having a lot of casual sex. But Hanson insists it's a reputation they've come by without pretense.

"That's just us, man,” he said. "We don't fake anything, that's for sure. We're pretty open and honest in everything we do. We're not gonna shy away from it.”

And the boys in the band are unconcerned about the accusations of misogyny their lyrics have drawn from critics.

"You know, it's kind of funny,” Hanson said, "a lot of people ask that, but when you look out in the crowd, you know, 75 percent of our crowd is women. So I'm definitely not worried about it. That's for sure.”

In fact, the band should have no worries at all if Lady Luck is among that 75 percent, and so far it would seem that she is. In addition to colossal record sales, Hinder was tapped by TNT last spring to record a cover of Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild” to be used as the theme music for the NASCAR Fall 2007 TV campaign. The band also stars in an accompanying video full of hot cars and beautiful women.

On Sept. 6, fans jammed Monument Circle in Indianapolis for Hinder's performance at the National Football League's kickoff concert before the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints opened the new football season.

And following the last show of their "Bad Boys” tour — and the final Zoo concert of the summer — the band heads down under for the Australian leg of its seemingly endless traveling bash.

So has all this success — and excess — spoiled any of the members of Hinder?

"The only thing that's changed for us is that the chicks are hotter now,” Hanson said. "There's more of 'em, and they're a lot hotter. Except now a few of the guys have houses and stuff like that, which is pretty cool, to get to see some of the rewards for all the hard work for so long. Other than that, we're still the same guys that like to do the same stupid (stuff) that we've always done, you know?”

And when it comes to stupid (stuff), not even the road-seasoned members of Papa Roach and Buckcherry can keep up with Hinder's hard partying.

"Definitely not,” Hanson said. "They hang out, but those guys have been doing it for so long now that, for the most part, they're sober. But it's kind of cool. They're great guys, and we all get along really well.”

Buckcherry lead singer Josh Todd confirmed that assessment.

"Yeah, you know, some of us partake in that,” he said. "Me, personally, I have not. But, yes, they do go at it pretty good. They're just havin' a good time, you know?

Harvey Thomas Burdg, the leader of the longtime Oklahoma City band Harvey and the Wallbangers, died Friday

Sat September 29, 2007

Local rock band leader dies at 60

Harvey Thomas Burdg, the leader of the longtime Oklahoma City band Harvey and the Wallbangers, died Friday after a bout with cancer. He was 60.

Harvey and the Wallbangers performed their first gig at the 1984 Festival of the Arts in downtown Oklahoma City, and quickly earned a reputation as one of the best and hardest-working bands in the area. The group, which shifted lineups over the years but maintained the same good-time rock 'n' roll attitude from its inception, had one of the most varied and extensive repertoires of covers and original songs on the local scene.

"He had two passions in his life, really, and that was his family first, obviously: his wife and children and grandkids. His second was just making music here in Oklahoma,” said Mike Pritchard, original lead singer and percussionist.

"He loved this state, and he loved performing. He made people feel good about themselves. If it wasn't for him, I would have never had any musical success. He always made me feel like, man, I was the best thing to ever hit the stage when I knew I wasn't. He had that ability about him to make people join him in having fun.”

In addition to playing a variety of vintage rock 'n' roll songs, Harvey and the Wallbangers recorded several discs of original music, including 1990's "I Wish I Was a Kid Again” and 1999's "Nothing Takes the Place of You.”

"He was very generous, loved his family more than anything,” said Brenda Stockton-Hiss, a friend of the Burdg family. "I think everybody remembers hearing some of the oldies with Harvey at the festival or at a reunion. They were some rockin' good times with Harvey.”

His music in his words
In a 1987 interview with The Oklahoman, Burdg offered a jovial description of the attitude at a Harvey and the Wallbangers show:

"We do a lot of athletics, aerobics, dancing, a little martial arts with fun kicks and high kicks. Occasionally, I'll even do a split to ‘Johnny B. Goode,'” Burdg said. "Rather than just being another '50s and '60s type of solid-gold music, we see ourselves as trying to get into the mood of the era.

Burdg is survived by his wife, Linda; his son, Aaron; his daughters, Bevin and Catherine Burdg; his mother, Susie Burdg; two sisters, Letitia Marek and Emma Sue Burdg; and two grandsons, Chandler and Keaton Burdg.

Outlaw spirit lives on in Marlow's mascot

Thu September 27, 2007

Outlaw spirit lives on in Marlow's mascot

By Bryan Painter
MARLOW — All at once, or continuing education?

Each has a place.

But I can think of examples where having a story unfold throughout life — a continuing education about a subject — keeps it fresh.

One, for instance, is the story behind the Marlow school system's mascot, the Outlaws. A compact disc titled "Outlaw Ride” is the latest piece of one of those puzzles assembled across many years of my life.

Growing up, Outlaws was just that to me, a nickname like others.

But since my mother grew up about 20 miles east of Marlow and since our family traveled through Marlow many times on U.S. 81, I became more and more curious about why Outlaws got the nod as the school mascot. It had nothing to do with sports for me — it was more of a history lesson, and I just wanted to know about more about this nickname's tie to this community.

And thus I've learned a little more from time to time.

An Oklahoma history book told me of a family named the Marlows who were considered outlaws. Interesting. Tell me more.

I was told the 1960s movie "The Sons of Katie Elder,” which starred John Wayne and Dean Martin, was based in part on the story of the Marlow brothers.

Perfect, a story with a little Hollywood color to it.

Then in 2004, as workers in Marlow were readying for the annual Fourth of July celebration in Redbud Park, they discovered something.

The back wheel of a heavy lawn mower fell through a hole and that rekindled talk of a hidden cave near Wildhorse Creek used by the brothers as a hideout. I was in town a few days later and stopped by to see the site. The mystery was a nice touch to the story, which continued to interest me.

What's next?
Not that I was on a quest, this was a casual interest. But where would I find the next piece or when would it find me?

The answer came recently when Mark Melton, a childhood friend, told me about a compact disc his father-in-law Mickey Hoy had been working on. So while in Marlow recently, I pulled up a chair and listened to his reasoning for this CD.

"When people come to town and hear the name Outlaws, well, it has a sort of dark context to it,” he said. "Most don't understand the story behind it.

"Maybe if we give this CD to new teachers at the school and people who come to serve as pastors at our churches, they will have a better understanding of the unique history of the community.”

In this story, we start out with five brothers and then narrow our focus to two.

The CD cover shows all five Marlow brothers sitting horseback — George, Boone, Alfred, Lewellyn and Charley. But on the back are only two — Charley and George.

Also on the back is a quote from Judge A.P. McCormick from 1891 — "This is the first time in the annals of history where unarmed prisoners, shackled together, ever repelled a mob.

Such cool courage that preferred to fight against such great odds and die in glorious battle rather than die ignominiously by a frenzied mob, deserves to be commemorated in story and in song.”

When I thought about outlaws, I thought of those with last names like James or Dalton. What we're told in this CD and in text and so on about the Marlows isn't that type of story.

The Marlows
"Part of this story is about facing challenges,” Hoy said.

And that's what Martha Jane Marlow was left to do when her husband, Dr. Williamson Marlow, died in 1885, leaving behind a 65-year-old widow and five sons in a timber break on the Chisholm Trail.

They moved into a dugout home along the banks of Wildhorse Creek as they waited for an "opening of new land in Indian Territory.”

The CD tells the story of the five brothers and their fight against a lynch mob.

After one Marlow brother was accused of horse theft and another of killing a lawman, the four brothers were being transferred from a Graham, Texas, jail when the group was attacked by a lynch mob.

Two brothers were killed, and the others freed themselves from the corpses. The two brothers who escaped later were exonerated.

Following my visit with Hoy, I drove over to Redbud Park to walk through it for the first time since that stop in 2004. Hoy told me they'd added something.

What they had added was a metal building over the top of the cave. Signs on the end read "Outlaw Cave” and on the side facing the main portion of the park is a sign which reads "Legendary Marlow Outlaw Cave” with a photo of the brothers on it. The day I stopped by it was locked, but that didn't matter. I still thought it was cool.

Later when I was back in the car, I listened to the CD. What I came away with was that although these brothers possibly weren't model citizens, they also weren't outlaws in a stereotypical sense.

And that was pretty much the goal of Hoy, an Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame member, whose 28 seasons as a high school football coaching career included Davis, Tuttle, El Reno and yes, Marlow.

He also served as principal at Marlow.

"Our mascot is unique because it's named after real people,” Hoy said. "And when you do that you're going to get them warts and all.

"But how they handled adversity is what we'd like to pass on to our kids.”

Blake Shelton

photo by Jaconna Aguirre

reposted from


“Kurt Cobain About a Son: Music From the Motion Picture” (Barsuk)

Kurt Cobain About a Son: Music From the Motion Picture” (Barsuk)

The sound track to the documentary “Kurt Cobain About a Son” purports to be a close approximation of a mix tape the tragically troubled Nirvana front man might have made for a friend or lover to share ideas, emotions and philosophies.

The film, opening in limited release in October, is Cobain’s story told by the plaidclad grunge god himself, taken from 25 hours of audiotaped interviews conducted by Michael Azerrad for his book, “Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana,” and merged with moody, overcast imagery of the three cities in Washington state key to Cobain’s life: Aberdeen, Olympia and Seattle.

Only brief snippets of Cobain’s observations are heard on the sound track disc between songs that range all the way from Arlo Guthrie’s satirical folk and the early glam of David Bowie to the more contemporary influences of Bad Brains, Half Japanese, Mudhoney and Mark Lanegan.

It remains to be seen how revealing director A.J. Schnack’s film will be, but without the running firstperson narration and imagery, mixing Cobain’s boyhood favorites with his adult music of choice only makes for an oddly mismatched, variousartist assortment that few casual listeners will find wholly satisfying.

Gene Triplett

Band Q&A: Bleeding Wisdom

Thu September 20, 2007

Band Q&A: Bleeding Wisdom

By Chris Colberg
Why: This experienced hard-rock band runs somewhere between screamo and punk rock. The band members are determined to change the world one note at a time. Band members are vocalist Aaron Miller, guitarist Danny Taylor, drummer Bryan Eggleston and bassist Rufus.

Q: What was it about the guitar you found so appealing?

A: Danny Taylor, guitar: It was a cool way to pick up girls. I know everybody says that, but that’s the truth.

Q: How do you keep the audience’s attention when you’re playing?

A: I try to make eye contact with them. I do a guitar solo to try to get their attention, rock out as hard as I can.

Q: What do you do for inspiration?

A: It depends on what I’m going through. If I’m down, I write something that’s depressing. If I’m in a happy mood, I write something in a major key. Listen to a lot of classical.

Q: What kind of bands do you play with?

A: We’ve played with screamo and punk rock. We’re kind of in the middle of that. We play with death metal bands, stuff like that.

Q: How is your music changing the world?

A: One note at a time, man (laughing). Maybe people will get some inspiration from the lyrics. Some people say that some of our songs have helped them through some hard times.

Q: What have been your greatest musical accomplishments?

A: I got an “A” in a piano class in college (laughing). Our last show at Big Papa’s Pour House was really good. We had a good turnout. Girls were flipping their shirts up, which was kind of cool.

Q: What’s the meaning of your band name?

A: If you think about it, you gain wisdom by bleeding. You have to go through something, you have to hurt or fall and pick yourself up, and you gain wisdom from that.

Q: What’s your greatest lesson been?

A: Not to trust too many people in the music business (laughing). Don’t take their word for it, that’s all.

Graystone Bluegrass Revival and Steak!

Graystone Bluegrass Revival will be playing Saturday night (Sep 29) at
Brush Creek Steakhouse in Newcastle, from 6:00PM-8:00PM. If you haven't
tried Brush Creek yet, they have some of the best steaks around. As you
drive through Newcastle on Hwy 62 headed south, keep going until you
come to 16th. Turn east and Brush Creek is on 16th about a mile or so
down the road. There are some signs pointing the way as you enter
Newcastle. Come on out for an evening of great food and some hard
driving, close harmony, bluegrass music from Graystone Bluegrass