Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tumbleweed Update


The 2nd addition of TEXAS CONNECTION is almost here!  You only have two more days to get your advance tickets.  This promises to be a great weekend of music and fun only the Tumbleweed can provide.  Just to make sure the Tumbleweed keeps with the Texas theme, we will have $1.50 Lone Star Beer, THE national beer of Texas, from 8:00 to 10:00 each night!  There will be tickets available each night at the door.  Come out, bring lots of friends and we the Tumbleweed will provide the rest!


CALF FRY TESTICAL TUNE UP Continues – March 3, March 26 and April 3

Calf Fry Testical Tune Up Contest Continues! Come out and watch some of best, up and coming bands in the region competing for a spot to play Calf Fry 2009.  The 3rd round is March 3rd and the 4th round is March 26th.  The final round is April 3rd.  Don’t forget to come out and get your balls wet playing beer pong each of these nights!


Mardi Party – Thursday, March 12

Come out and celebrate one of the hottest parties of the year at the Tumbleweed.  There will be free beads for the first 1000 people through the door.  We will also have any coin beer from 8:00 – 10:00 along with $4.00 Bourbon and Coke all night.  We will have a BIKINI contest that will pay $500 in cash and prizes for those ladies who think they have what it takes!


CALF FRY 2009 – April 29 through May 2

It’s that time of the year, and yes you read this correct, Calf Fry 2009 is 4 days this year.  This year’s music line-up is stronger than ever.  You will be able to view the entire line-up and buy your advance tickets at calffry.com on March 1st.  Trust us you will want to get your tickets early!

Tumbleweed Concerts
Th,Fr,Sa 8:00pm - 2:00am 

Monday, February 23, 2009







 Rockin Rodeo



 Denton, TX,








Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Mama Sweet

The first:


We have been selected to compete against 3 other bands for a chance to play at WAKARUSA!!!!!  So, we need your support.  The competition is this Thursday (February 19th) at the Belle Isle Brewery in Oklahoma City (it is in 50 Penn Place).  You are always telling us that we are the best band no one has ever heard of.  Well, this is your chance to help get us heard.  Please, come out and support us.  The music starts around 10:00.


The Second:


This week (February 20th) brings an end to the contest for free studio time.  If you don't already know, all you need to do to help us is to go to http://www.pennycreekstudios.com/contest/2009stcvote.html

and vote for Mama Sweet.  I received an email earlier this week to let us know that we where in the top 10 as far as votes go.  So, we are headed in the right direction.  Let's just get as many more votes as we can in the next couple of days and see if we can't make this happen!





2/19 Belle Isle Brewery (OKC, OK)

2/20  Wallstreet (Duncan, OK)

2/26  Othello's - Aron Acoustic (Norman, OK)

2/27  JT's Cowtown - Opening for Stoney Larue & Micky & the Motorcars (Shawnee, OK)

2/28 JT's Cowtown

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Ryan Reid

Artist gets back to roots

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Artist gets back to roots

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Local recording artist Ryan Reid is celebrating the release of a new CD, aptly titled “Home.” Reid has returned to his home state of Oklahoma after working for several years on the east cost.

Reid said the five song extended play CD is autobiographical.

“This CD really captures me, where I was at a certain period of time,” Reid said, noting the EP was a “shedding of skin.”

“My whole heart is in the EP,” he added. “I’m ready to share it with people.”

This acoustic recording ranges from the soulful title song “Home” to the highenergy “A Modern Day Tragedy.”

Reid effectively produces feeling through his music that listeners can easily identify with. Reid said he hopes listeners take whatever they want from the songs.

“It’s a privilege to be able to share it with people,” he said.

Reid, born in Stillwater, Okla., grew up in Cushing before leaving Oklahoma for school in New York where he developed his music.

Reid said he has been influenced most by artists who put a lot of themselves in their performances.

Those influences include a variety of artists such as Janis Joplin, “She gave you her whole soul,” and Eddie Vetter “whose passion grabs you.”

“It was nice to be able to come home to Oklahoma to record,” Reid said.

The artist is poised to sign with Tough Records, a label located in Stillwater. He will be the first rock artist under the Tough Records label. Reid said he is pleased to be working with Tough Records.

“It was great working with [Tough Records engineer] Tony Pierce,” Reid said. “Whatever he puts his finger on is magic.”

Reid is planning a lot of acoustic performances this year. He said he enjoys the intimate atmosphere during performing before a live audience, and appreciates it when he can connect with the audience through the music.

“There’s no place like Oklahoma,” he said. “People just make up this state. The love felt here is overwhelming.”

Reid said he’ll soon be performing in this area and the Oklahoma City area.

“Every single performance is just a gift,” he said. “Every time I get to step on stage is an honor.”

Besides performances, Reid also plans to start work soon with a band on a new fulllength album.

“Home” is available now on iTunes and on Reid’s website, www.ryanreidmusic.com, and during any of his live performances.

This is part of the February 12, 2009 online edition of The Journal.


A Thursday night at The Deli with Camille Harp!

Come join us!

Thurs. Feb. 12th....Music at 10:30pm.

The Deli is on Campus Corner in Norman on White Street.

Have a happy Valentine's Day, lovers!


Friday, February 6, 2009

Have you heard Monica Taylor’s new CD ‘Cimarron Valley Girl’?

Have you heard Monica Taylor’s new CD   ‘Cimarron Valley Girl’? Monica’s  CD has a lot of  sweet music w/a combination of a hummingbird’s touch.

You will be surprised of the many musicians that join Monica in making such beautiful tunes.  This CD  is well worth adding to an existing music collection.


Many young and upcoming artist want to express their own new style and there is nothing wrong with that, but I enjoy some old style and sometimes holding on to that  can be difficult for some when there is a high demand for change.  I truly love how Monica and Skinner did  ‘If I Were a Carpenter’… and Monica’s voice is so pleasant in ‘Church in the Wildwood’ –Old Fashion Love … you’ll hear nothing difficult in this lady’s voice.



Thank you,


PJ Moore

Hello friends!  Just a quick note to tell ya that Camille Harp and the Homewreckers will be at Brewsky's at 2600 S. Meridian on Saturday night, February 7th.


ALSO, If you haven't gotten the album, you can get it online at Camilleharp.com or NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES!


We've got exciting things in the works right now so stay tuned!


X's and O's,


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Kite Flying Robot and Brother Gruesome, 51st Street Speakeasy. ROCK
Kristy Kruger, D’s Pub. ACOUSTIC 
South Austin Jug Band, The Deli, Norman. ROCK
Andy McKee, Blue Door. ACOUSTIC 
Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Riverwind Casino, Norman. ROCK
Hill Family Band and Ryan Lindsay, 51st Street Speakeasy. ROCK 
Hush Hush Commotion, Fires of Atlas and The Fine Prints, Opolis, Norman. ROCK 
The Move and The Mysterium Tremendum, Sauced Annex. ROCK 
Chris Sullivan, Charles Cole and Mandala, VZD’s. ROCK 
Early Beat and Penny Hill, Opolis, Norman. ROCK 
Gatlin Gates, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill. COUNTRY
The Gunship and Klipspringer, The Deli, Norman. ROCK 
Jabee, Sauced Annex. HIP-HOP 
Sideshow Tramps, 51st Street Speakeasy. ROCK 
Ryan Montbleau Band and Josh Grider Trio, Blue Door. FOLK
Ashers, The Rippers, Excess Enemy and Wasteful Youth, The Conservatory. ROCK
Black Stone Cherry, Crooked X, Texas Hippie Coalition and Blank Stare, Diamond Ballroom. ROCK
Dark Castle, Komarov, Los Hijos Del Diablo and Plagues, The Conservatory. METAL
The Music Tapes, Nana Grizol and Brian Dewan, Opolis, Norman. ROCK 

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Concert review: Movie star Kevin Costner brings country-rock to Wormy Dog Saloon 
By Brandy McDonnell - Entertainment Writer 
Published: February 4, 2009
Buzz up! 

Kevin Costner received a fervent greeting worthy of a movie star Tuesday night from the capacity crowd at the Wormy Dog Saloon in Bricktown. 


He and his band Modern West made music that sometimes warranted the loud and avid cheers, especially when he was growling along to country-rockers powered by a scorching fiddle, soulful harmonica and grinding guitars.

The sold-out crowd numbering abou t 750 – people were trying to buy tickets right up until the moment the show started — jammed the ground level of the Bricktown venue and howled with excitement when Costner quietly took the stage with a boyish grin and laid-back wave. The unexpectedly diverse audience — the crowd ranged from the expected throng of middle-aged men and women to folks who looked barely old enough to meet the Wormy Dog’s 21-and-older requirement — was clearly thrilled to see the Oscar winner up close. 

Dressed casually in a dark ball cap and black button-down shirt, Costner, 54, quickly acknowledged the reason for the enthusiastic welcome. 

“Before I go any further here I want to thank you for going to the movies all these years,” he said before launching into the first song. 

The band opened with a rumbling rendition of “R ed River,” from ‘90s Midwestern roots rockers The BoDeans, and Costner revealed a gravelly singing voice startlingly different from the modulated tones so familiar from his films. He kept rasping and his talented six-man band kept rocking through the first few songs, including “5 Minutes from America,” about the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and “Long Hot Night,” about losing a love and living with mistakes. 

The actor-turned-musician shared stories about his family’s Oklahoma roots, telling about ancestors who traveled from the East to the state Panhandle on the Trail of Tears and his grandfather’s Dust Bowl pilgrimage from Oklahoma to California. 

“You don’t get more Midwestern than mid-Oklahoma ... and sometimes it’s easy to think about this place in other terms, but some of the most resourceful, toughest people in the world come from here,” he said. 

In between crooning and strumming his acoustic guitar, Costner often launched in rambling stories about his family or the roots of the band’s original songs. But his tales could barely be heard over the clinking of beer bottles, the chattering of patrons and the shuffling of boots at the Wormy Dog. 

“I know that last story was as long as my movies but tough s- - -,” Costner joked with a grin after weaving a long Dust Bowl yarn. “I’ve a got a few more but I probably won’t tell ‘em.” 

By the fourth song, the road anthem “90 Miles an Hour,” Costner’s voice had settled into a markedly mellower and less distinctive tone as the band shifted into a series of middle-of-the-road introspective country-rockers. The midtempo, ‘80s-tinged heartland rock songs all seemed to blend together, and the crowd’s biggest cheer came when Costner referenced his beloved film “Field of Dreams” on the track “Every Intention.” 

“Who would have thought a little movie like that would have gone this far, but that’s what movies can do when they’re at their best,” Costner said, dedicating the song “for anyone who’s ever waited too long.” 

The band redeemed its set with the old-fashioned country ballad “Down in Nogales,” which had Costner channeling Marty Robbins, along with the testosterone-fueled NASCAR tribute “Backyard” and the raucous drinking song sing-along “Saturday Night.” One of the highlights was the debut of a new song, a seductive country-rocker called “Maria May.” 

Costner had only to spread his arms and grin winningly at the crowd to earn avid shouts, but violinist Bobby Yang proved the scene-stealer, amazing the audience with his fleet and furious fiddle work. The crowd demanded an encore the=2 0moment the band left the stage, and Costner and Co. quickly returned for four more songs. 

The band finished on a strong note with a rollicking country-fried cover of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man,” which got the crowd crooning along. 

“It was a privilege to be here and see you at the movies,” Costner said as he bid the crowd farewell. 

Costner & Modern West received able assistance from opening act the Paula Nelson Band. The Austin, Texas, band, led by smoky-voiced singer-songwriter Paula Nelson, set a rocking tone with its electric Southern rockers “Baby You’re Mean,” “Standing Tall” and “Fire Below.” Again, it was a Dylan cover that got the crowd singing along, as Nelson and George Devore produced terrific harmony on20a country-fied version “It Ain’t Me Babe.” 

The band’s diminutive front woman, daughter of country legend Willie Nelson, easily showed off powerfully bluesy pipes that bore no small resemblance to her famous father’s singular voice. 

Monday, February 2, 2009

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For Immediate Release:  Contact: Brandy Reed  (615) 673-0150

Nashville, TN-Monday, February 2, 2009-After closing out the year hitting the Texas Music Chart’s Top 10, again, with his latest single "Back Down," Bart Crow got the news that "Understand" (also from his latest CD DESPERATE HEARTS) was the #4 most played single of 2008. With a history of chart hitting singles since 2006, Bart Crow is off to a full throttle start in 2009 with the release of his brand new single “Hollywood” on February 2nd. Crow teamed up with acclaimed writer/producer Dexter Green to record a more enhanced version of the song laden with picturesque piano overlays and musical hooks. “Hollywood is one of the more spiritually honest songs that I have ever written. It’s a true story about a friend who lost their path to their dreams by believing in false hope, but I guess sometimes it takes a heart break to realize you were blind to begin with. It’s only then that you can make the decision to move on or sink.”

Dexter Green has quickly become one of most promising young rock writer/producers in both Nashville and Atlanta. His most recent writing and production credits can be found on Youth, the latest album from Atlanta’s Collective Soul. Dexter co-wrote and produced the album’s biggest single, “Better Now,” which broke the Top 10 on the Billboard charts, scored a #1 position in Canada, was featured in Wes Craven’s film, Cursed, and had a year long run in a series of commercials for Kellogg. In addition to Collective Soul, Dexter has also worked with Atlantic Records pop artist Leslie Mills, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Arista Country artist Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Atlanta indie favorites Five Star Iris. A graduate of New York’s Manhattan School of Music Dexter is as adept at writing string arrangements as he is at laying down his signature guitar work. Dexter is one of the top composers/writers with one of the top commercial music houses in Nashville: iV music. His commercial credits include spots for Dodge, Ford, Toyota, O’Charlie’s, Mattel, Folgers and Coors Light.

Bart Crow’s New Year’s Eve gala and food drive set the stage for a stellar New Year with an upwards of 1,000 tickets sold and over 1,000 pounds of food donated to Waxahachie Care, a non-profit organization providing counseling/referrals, food and financial assistance to help struggling families. Crow was overwhelmed with his fan’s generosity! “I always look forward to going home to play music, especially on New Year’s Eve, because it always seems to bring out some old faces that I haven’t got to see in a while. Teaming up this year with Waxahachie Care made the show a thousand times more rewarding. We raised over 1000 pounds of food for Waxahachie Care! Thanks everybody!”


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Sunday, February 1, 2009

      Country music fashion behind the seams: Taylor Swift, Toby Keith launch new lines

February 1, 5:57 AM

Taylor Swift's sundress line by L.e.i. launches Feb. 1.
A few years back, country superstar Reba McEntire launched her REBA brand, a line that includes clothing, footwear, home collections and other products. But now, two more country stars are looking be fashionistas, too.
Toby Keith and Taylor Swift each recently announced they’re expanding the already-diverse scope of their respective celebrity brands by jumping into the fashion biz with their own self-approved lines.
Specifically, Keith has created a new clothing line called TK Steelman that was developed in partnership with Royal Merchandising Group—a company that already produces merchandise for the country star’s restaurants.

Toby Keith says his line will be "moderately priced."
Keith will officially launch the line with a Feb. 18 event at his own I Love This Bar & Grill in Harrah's Las Vegas. It’s no coincidence that the launch date coincides with the world's largest fashion trade event, the MAGIC Marketplace convention, which is being held in Vegas on Feb. 17-19 in Las Vegas. (Word has it that TK Steelman will have a strong presence at the show.)
Keith's fahion line rides after the 'country-sexy' crowd

The Oklahoma-born Keith says he hopes to keep the items in his new fashion line—from long-sleeve shirts, T-shirts, polos, sweatshirts, jeans, cowboy hats, to baseball caps, bandanas, belts, leather wrist straps—moderately priced.

Keith’s clothing is said described as combining the influences he brings to his own wardrobe—part rocker and part biker—with a "country sexy" look that includes oilfield imagery in the logos. The successful musician/actor specifically asked that his brand, which targets men ages 25-54, feature more sleeveless shirts, signaling a nod to the fact that he’s personally removed the sleeves from so many of his own shirts.

Additionally, the Tobster has personally approved each item, and TK Steelman is looking to distribute the line via retailers such as Kohl's, Target, Wal-Mart and Macy's, with plans to augment the line to include apparel for the ladies following the line’s initial introduction to the market.
Swift's sundresses swiftly sweep in under $20
Not one to be discluded from any country music-related roster, country-pop princess Swift has jumped on the fashion train, too, but unlike fellow country star Keith, Swift’s line will focus on sundresses versus the “part rocker/part biker” look.

Swift starred in L.e.i.'s denim campaign in 2008.
According to a report in Women’s Wear Daily, the under-$20 sundresses will debut exclusively in Wal-Mart stories Feb. 1. The Jones Apparel Group's L.e.i. (life, energy, intelligence) brand will oversee the dresses, which will be available in three styles; namely, a tie-back dress, a printed tie-back dress and a printed tier dress.
The long-legged, model-ready Swift, of course, will be featured in the company's ad campaign to promote the line; after all, it just makes good sense on all fronts. (By the way, the singer-songwriter starred in L.e.i.'s 2008 juniors-size jean campaign before her signature sundresses were conceived.)
Chatting up the new sundress line, the entrepreneurial teen says, "It was very important for me to create cute, affordable dresses. Especially in these hard times, making expensive dresses just doesn't make any sense."
The Hendersonville, Tenn., resident—who even has a line of Swift-inspired dolls in her honor, thanks to toymaker JAKKS—says she will be among the first and most frequent to flit about town in her own L.e.i. Sundresses by Taylor Swift line. In fact, she assures that fans can expect to see her donning the attire often this spring and summer, including during her upcoming 2009 Fearless Tour, which kicks off Feb. 10 in San Antonio.
"These are my favorite things to wear,” she shares. “When we were designing them, we had so many ideas to work from, and it came down to creating dresses that I would wear. If I couldn't see myself wearing them, I wasn't interested in making them."
Sew you wanna be a country star?
Country music artists have come a long way in gaining mainstream fashion status. This writer remembers when the only country-music fashion endorsee she could name was singer-guitar extraordinaire Steve Wariner, who represented an upscale men’s fashion line back in the ‘90s.
Kudos for country musicians who’ve always had a style all their own for breaking into pop culture’s mainstream fashion world. You all look fabulous. … Now, shut up and play yer guitar, ya’ll!
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Tulsa original music show promises it all

by: JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Sunday, February 01, 2009
2/1/2009 3:32:52 AM

Local radio station "Z-104.5 The Edge" (KMYZ) and the all-Oklahoma streaming music site TulsaOriginalMusic.com presents the 2009 Tulsa Original Music Showcase on Friday at Cain's Ballroom.

Last year's showcase sold out, and this show promises a big crowd with an even broader variety of genres, from reggae to rock to anti-folk.

"It's Woody Guthrie meets Joey Ramone, comedy rock with a dark side," said Ross Greenawalt, aka Acoustic Ross, of his music and new album, "The Anarchist Fakebook," released last year.

Trite tunes tell about study hall, swords of protection, tornados, "y'all," life imitating life and how "the RIAA took my baby away."

"This is going to be fun," said Greenawalt. "I haven't played with any of these bands outside of a festival setting, and this is my first time on the main stage of Cain's. So, yeah, it's going to be really fun."

Other acts are:

Oklahoma City-based Aranda is quickly becoming one of the hottest bands in Oklahoma. Brothers Gabe and Daemon Aranda have been writing, singing and performing together for over a decade, with influences including Led Zeppelin, the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.

Sam and the Stylees formed in 2002 in Tulsa. This vibrant band captured the hearts of the masses in the regional music scene, drawing large crowds with their enchanting instrumental work.

Left of center and pushing the envelope, Congress of a Crow is a five-piece, regionally touring band from Tulsa. This is rumored to be the band's last show together, so catch 'em while they're here.

Hailing from Tulsa, My Solstice creates music that anyone can relate to.

Singer-songwriters Dante Schmitz and Acoustic Ross will play mini-acoustic sets between the four headlining bands.

Jennifer Chancellor, 581-8346


When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St

Tickets: $8 advance, $10 day of, plus fees Online: tulsaworld.com/TOM

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Sam & the Stylees perform Friday at the Cain's Ballroom as part of the Tulsa Original Music Showcase. Tulsa World file