Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Years Eve Porty... at Ell's.... with Stillwater rockers... Nick Gibson, Chris Booth, Randy Burch with Jake Moffat opening

From Chris Booth...
Tomorrow night you can catch Nick GibsonRandy Burch and myself at Ell's for the New Year's Eve Eve PORTY! First 25 guests who select attending on the event here on Facebook and then actually show up to Ell's will get their first beer paid for by us! So free beer and live music... What more can you ask for? You have to select Attending to get the free beer.
Location: Ell's, Stillwater OK
Time: 10:00PM Thursday, December 30

Heard ole Jake Moffat is opening for this awesome show... 9:30pm showtime

Jason Savory Band rocks Outlaws.... Jan 6!

Live next Thursday January 6th @ Outlaws in Stillwater-(Full Band) 10:00 PM

Monday, December 27, 2010

Chris Booth says....
I'm back on facebook!! I had to take a break from this site for a while, but I'm back... Hope everyone had a great holiday! It's time to end the year right... Why not start with a New Year's Eve Eve Party? Ell's this Thursday, the 30th... me, Nick Gibson and Randy Burch!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Entertainment blogging from The Oklahoman's Brandy McDonnell

Our entertainment guide LOOKatOKC has named its 2011 “People We Love,” honoring those who are making life in Oklahoma better than our parents and grandparents could have imagined.

North Texas’ top five albums of 2010

5. Truth on Tape by Smile Smile(Kirtland Records): The second album from the up-and-down pair couldn’t be more honest and delightful. Ryan Hamilton and Jencey Hirunrusme have found the perfect spot between conflict and teamwork. Every song chronicles one dimension of heartbreak, with Hirunrusme’s piano weighing down Hamilton’s acoustic to create light, but sad, songs. Their harmony is exact, as if they were paired together by a label.
Spooky Folk violinist Petra Kelly
Spooky Folk violinist Petra Kelly
4. Spooky Folk by Spooky Folk (I Love Math Records): You could argue that no local group did more with 2010 than Spooky Folk. The five-piece Denton band was the talk of the town for much of the year after releasing their self titled debut album on I Love Math Records. The masterful freshman effort catapulted the band from relative obscurity to the forefront of the local music scene.
Photo, taken 2010-05-03 14:30:25
3. Fatty Lumpkin by Fatty Lumpkin:This trio from Denton stands out from the rest of our picks for top album of 2010. This funky jam band’s first full-length self-titled album has all the ingredients to get your booty shaking. Each member of the band is a master of their perspective instrument and takes the time to craft each riff, beat, and bass line to perfection, and when you think you've had enough, they go and blow your mind with their precise time signature changes. Fatty Lumpkin infuses rock, blues, jazz, and funk in just the right way on each track, none of which you should skip. Just listen to the album in its entirety from start to finish and you will see why Fatty Lumpkin belongs on this list.
Photo, taken 2010-04-26 15:58:08
2. Suburban Nature by Sarah Jaffe(Kirtland Records): Sarah Jaffe, the jewel of Kirtland Records, broke out in a big way in 2010 with the release of her first full length album, Suburban Nature. She was already Denton’s worst kept secret heading into the year, after a series of impressive EPs. But from the moment we first heard “Clementine,” the album’s first single, we knew this one was going to be special, and it was. Not only wasSuburban Nature one of the best local albums of the year, it was among the best and most intriguing releases nationwide.
O Ye Devastator by Doug Burr
O Ye Devastator by Doug Burr
1. O Ye Devastator by Doug Burr (Spune Productions): He’s as polished an artist as there is in DFW. Doug Burr is known for his deeply moving lyrics and outstanding story telling ability. Both qualities are present on Spune’s release of O Ye Devastator, an 11 track emotional journey through the good and the bad of life, love, and the conficts with God himself.

Flaming Lips’ 2011 “album” will be released in rather odd ways

Flaming Lips’ 2011 “album” will be released in rather odd ways

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Flaming Lips To Unveil New Music, One Song At A Time

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips performing live at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn.
Shantel Mitchell for NPR
Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips performing live at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn.
This time last year, The Flaming Lips rang in 2010 in epic fashion by covering Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety. The band then did an encore performance of the album during its memorable set at this past summer's Bonnaroo. For New Year's Eve this year, the Lips plan to run through their seminal 1999 classic The Soft Bulletin for a home crowd in Oklahoma City. For most other groups, that would be enough to warrant a break to relax and recharge the batteries. But the exuberant psychedelic rock band has even bigger plans in 2011.
As Rolling Stone reported this morning, The Flaming Lips will jump right back into recording new material with longtime producer Dave Fridmann, as soon as January. But instead of a traditional album, singer Wayne Coyne says the band will release songs every month of the year, as soon as each is completed, while filming the creative process.
A lot of artists have looked for ways to get music to their fans much faster. But for The Flaming Lips, it sounds like the band wants more creative immediacy than a typical album release cycle might allow. These videos will likely be cobbled together to make a larger film. As for distribution, Coyne hints that the music could take the form of vinyl, or even little toys.
For a band always looking to adapt musically, The Flaming Lips' members have once again found promising ways to engage their fans and put their own spin on it. Should be something fun to look forward to in the new year.

RDR CD REVIEW: My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean (Broken Bow Records) 2010

Reviewing Jason Aldean's previous album, Wide Open, back in May 2009, Red Dirt Report wrote that Aldean, having endured a sophomore slump, was back on his third album "with a new energy" in the form of a "crisp, rockin' new album."

And Wide Open was a monster. Incredibly popular and loaded with hits. Songs like "She's Country" and "Big Green Tractor" stick with you long after hearing them.

Well, upon listening to My Kinda Party I just don't get that same impression. Granted, it's song-heavy – 15, all told – and there are some solid, straight country songs here. But even though he brings Michael Knox back to the production booth, Aldean's heart just doesn't seem to be in it.

Aldean likes his guitars on the heavy side when he can get them. On album opener "Tattoos On this Town" he stays true to that tradition. Sounding similar to his song "Amarillo Sky," this Georgian does embrace a certain, comfortable style that can get repetitious at times.

This is also evident on the title track, "My Kinda Party," a song that is bona fide redneck rock but is lacking in a certain soulfulness that would have given this lyrically run-of-the-mill track a bit more bite.

Teaming up with Texas pop star Kelly Clarkson on "Don't You Wanna Stay," Aldean offers up an overwrought power ballad that shows his willingness to take chances and his willingness to make mistakes. Clarkson's got the pipes, it's Aldean that struggles to keep up.

I knew country rapper Colt Ford had to be involved on the clunky "Dirt Road Anthem," which he co-wrote, and with Aldean sounding awkward as he talks-raps lines over a rippling bass line reminiscing about life in the country. Ford can pull it off, Aldean, on the other hand, needs to ditch the rap stuff no matter how tempting it is.

Up-and-coming country singer Josh Thompson co-wrote one of My Kinda Party's better songs called "Church Pew or Bar Stool." A slower-tempo track which showcases Aldean's unique voice and traditional themes of struggling with life and deciding between "a shot glass or revival." This song is one of the better songs in his growing catalog.

Oklahoma gets some well-deserved attention on the middling country rocker "Fly Over States." This one written by Neil Thrasher and Michael Dulaney really captured the idea of the Heartland, often forgotten by coasties.

Singing: "On the plains of Oklahoma / With a windshield sunset in your eyes / Like a watercolored painted sky / You'll think heavens doors have opened / You'll understand why God made / Those fly over states."

Songs like "Just Passing Through" and "Days Like These" are decent while Aldean shows his vocal strengths (and musical direction) really standing out on pedal-steel-flecked "open road" songs like "Texas Was You." This sounds influenced by the Texas/Red Dirt scene.

This isn't Aldean's strongest album to date but it still shows the Peach State native can still belt out big numbers and twang his way through mid-tempo country rockers with ease.

Grade - B

Copyright 2010 West Marie Media

Octane Blue New Year's Even Blowout

This just in - KMOD's Lynn Hernandez will be emceeing the Octane Blue New Year's Even Blowout and Fishbonz Owasso - how cool is that? Tell all your friends - FB Owasso is the place to be on NYE!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Oklahoma Tourism Commission and the Film & Music Advisory Board

In our efforts to keep you informed of our activities, as well as recent developments in our film and music industries, attached please find the Activity Report for November 2010.

This report is prepared for the Oklahoma Tourism Commission and the Film & Music Advisory Board, our two governing bodies. Some of the information included in the reports:

  • Points of Interest
  • Public Relations/Industry Development
  • Industry Services and Technology Development
  • Production/Potential Production in the state
  • Media Mentions/Press/Ads that ran in a particular month
  • Upcoming Activities

For those of you who have not yet registered for Reel-Crew, our online production guide, please do so at

As always, we thank you for your continued support and participation as we continue working to build our industries in Oklahoma.


Happy Holidays!


Abby Kurin

Development Coordinator

Oklahoma Film & Music Office

(405) 230-8440

A Very Static Christmas

NewsOK's music performance and interview series, "Static", has a special treat for this holiday season.

This special episode includes appearances by JabeeDr. Pants,Daniel WalcherSkating PollyMatt StansberryJoe StansberrySherree ChamberlainBrine WebbK.C. Clifford,Jami SmithCami StinsonCara Black and Jeremy Thomas.

Jabee and Dr. Pants - "Christmas in Hollis":

Daniel Walcher and Skating Polly - "Happy Xmas (War is Over)":

Matt and Joe Stansberry - "White Christmas":

Sherree Chamberlain and Brine Webb - "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas":

K.C. Clifford and Jami Smith - "Draw Near":

Cami Stinson, Cara Black and Jeremy Thomas - "Silent Night":

Saturday, December 18, 2010

15th Annual Red Dirt Christmas at Cain's Tonight!!

Brad Piccolo reminds us ~ 15th Annual Red Dirt Christmas at Cain's Tonight!! (12-18-10). Doors open at 7:00pm. Red Dirt Rangers, Stoney LaRue, Turnpike Troubadours, John Fullbright, Travis Linville, Jesse Aycock and more will be there. Happy, happy, joy, joy

Feds relent on Perkins bank's display of Christian-themed items |

Feds relent on Perkins bank's display of Christian-themed items |

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Camille Harp - Libby's Friday night!

Hey friends! Hope you'll join us this Friday night, Dec. 17th at Libby's in Goldsby. (Exit 104 just 5 minutes South of Norman).  Music will start at 9pm and good times will be had by all!

If you're looking for New Year's Eve plans, I will be playing solo at Othello's in Norman.  There will be a dinner pianist until around 8:30 and I will start around 9 or a little after.  Seating is first come/first serve and there is NO COVER!

See you kids soon!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

     We're less than three weeks way from the beginning of a new year, which means we're less than three weeks away from our New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball  at Cain's Ballroom here in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Be sure to come in costume, we'll be having a best costume contest with $$ prizes.  The evening will culminate with a set of Beyonce, Madonna, & Lady GaGa songs with special guests Annie Ellicott, Travis Fite, & Costa Stasinopoulos.  This night is going to be a lot of fun, so be sure to grab your tickets in advance (which saves you at least $5).  TIckets are  available here as well as at Starship Records.  VIP tickets (which gets you up to the Cain's mezzanine, champagne, snacks, and JFJO goods) can be  purchased here.

     A week later we'll be playing the first JFJO show of 2011 at Le Poisson Rouge as part of the 2011  NYC Winter Jazz Fest.  The show will also serve as a showcase for the 2011 Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference.  This year JFJO has it's own booth at APAP, booth 543, so if you are attending the conference please stop by and say hello to us there as well as at booth 119.

     Soon after we return from NYC we will enter the legendary  Church Studio in Tulsa and begin to record Chris Combs' Race Riot Suite.  The album will feature a special horn quartet consisting of Jeff Coffin Steven BernsteinPeter Apfelbaum, &  Mark Southerland.  More on that next time though.

     A big thanks goes out to all of you reading this.  Thanks for making 2010 the best year of the Odyssey yet.  From a month in  Europe, to Jeff Harshbarger's first show on Record Store Day, to the  LUDWIG premier and months of touring the US behind Stay Gold, this year was truly one for the books.  We'll see you in 2011.  Merry tidings, Happy holidays, and lots of Love. 



Fri. Dec. 31st - Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK
w/ Panda Resistance
New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball
playing Madonna, Beyonce, & Lady GaGa

Sat. Jan. 8th - Le Poisson Rouge - New York, NY
1:00am set at the 2011 New York Winter Jazz Fest

Sat. April 30th - Maple Leaf - New Orleans, LA
w/ Johnny Vidacovich
Special LATE Night 3:00am Set

Fri. May 6th - Maple Leaf - New Orleans, LA
w/ special guest horns TBA
Special LATE Night 3:00am Set

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Last minute! Ft. Worth tonight!

> Hey friends! I am so sorry for the last minute notice but I will be playing tonight at Woody's in Ft. Worth with my friends, Mama Sweet!
> If you have any friends in the area, send 'em our way!
> Music starts 10pm
Camille Harp

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hell Pony Express - December Update - Jason Boland & The Stragglers

Jason Boland & The Stragglers
Hell Pony Express
December 2010
Check out Jason's new Facebook page!  DON'T MISS OUT on important news, tour, and music updates, become a fan of the OFFICIAL Jason Boland & The Stragglers Facebook page today!  Check back on the site for a new merch, music, and Straggler TV pages!
Jason Boland & The Stragglers will once again be accepting new, unwrapped toys that will be donated to a children's hospital at Christmas time.  For all those that donate, they will receive a free JB&S tree ornament. 
Here's how it works…
1.  Go to a JB&S show through December 18th.
2.  Take your new, unwrapped toy to the merch booth.
3.  Donate your toy & get Christmas tree ornament.
4.  Go home, put on your favorite JB&S song, and hang your new ornament!
Can't make it to a show or just can't wait for your own JB&S ornament?  They are available for purchase at!
"High In The Rockies" Signed Guitar Package!
As if we weren't hooking you up enough already! Purchase tickets to The Straggler's show on January 1, 2011 at Billy Bob's Texas directly from THIS LINK and you will be automatically entered to win...
  • A custom "High In The Rockies" acoustic guitar signed by the band!
  • A "High In The Rockies" CD signed by the band!
  • A Jason Boland & The Stragglers T-Shirt
Become a fan on Facebook!
Become a fan on Facebook and never be out of the loop!  View and share pics and vids, get tour updates, and buy your favorite Jason Boland & The Stragglers music!  Facebook merch page coming soon!

JBS Toy Drive
Click here to check out shows in December!

Billy Bob's Texas
 Click to purchase your tickets for The Stragglers show on January 1, 2011 at Billy Bob's Texas and be automatically entered to win a "High In The Rockies" Signed Guitar Package!


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Oklahoma Film & Music Office
This Week in Film & Music: Wish List
December 09, 2010 - December 12,2010

There's no need to wish upon a star, because This Week in Film & Music has activities designed to be all you want and more. December's installment of Art "a la CART" enlists Norman High School music ensembles and two short films from deadCENTER Film Festival to present an evening of enticing local entertainment. For those who prefer live music as they do a little Christmas shopping, the Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar offers a full roster of talent, including Skating Polly and Sugar Free Allstars. Plus, Oklahoma musicians Maggie McClure and Shane Henry partner for a special performance at The Blue Door. This weekend is the stuff that dreams are made of.

Thursday, December 9, 2010 - Sunday, December 12, 2010 
The Millennium Trilogy
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art concludes its two-week engagement of theMillennium Trilogy this weekend. Earlier this week, the saga began as reporter Mikael Blomkvist and hacker Lisbeth Salander team up to uncover the truth about the disappearance of a business tycoon's niece decades ago in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. On Thursday evening, Salander finds herself as the prime suspect in two gruesome murders in The Girl Who Played With Fire. Then, the rest of the weekend, Blomkvist and Salander must prove her innocence as they uncover the truth about a government conspiracy and Salander's own past in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr., 405-236-3100, Please check the Website for screening times, $5-$8
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Thursday, December 9, 2010 
Jerrod Niemann
As a renowned songwriter, Jerrod Niemann has seen his songs recorded by country giants such as Garth Brooks, Jamey Johnson, Neal McCoy, Julie Roberts, and more. As a performer, the Kansas native has released three albums, charted his first singe, "I Love Women (My Momma Can't Stand)," and scored his first number one hit with "Lover, Lover," a remake of Sonia Dada's 1992 song "You Don't Treat Me No Good No More." Austin native country artist Kyle Park will open. 
Tulsa, Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main St., 918-584-2306, 8:00 PM, $22, 08:00 PM
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Thursday, December 9, 2010 
Resident Funk 
The members of the Norman band Resident Funk are a decade into their musical journey and still going strong. Embracing an eclectic lineage of rock and funk with elements of jazz and reggae, the quintet's songs have a lyrical depth that has captivated fans for years.
Norman, The Deli, 309 White St., 405-329-3534, 10:30 PM, Cover may apply
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Friday, December 10, 2010 - Thursday, December 16, 2010 
One of the voices of the Beat Generation, poet Allen Ginsberg wrote "Howl" in 1955 as part of his collection of work entitled Howl and Other Poems. Two years later, Ginsberg and his publisher, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, were on trial for obscenity. Starring James Franco as the famed poet, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's drama Howl follows the events of the widely publicized, controversial trial and the defining moments leading up to it in a genre-bending hybrid that captures a pivotal moment in the birth of an entire counterculture. 
Tulsa, Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis, 918-592-3456, Please check the Website for screening times, $5-$8.50 
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Friday, December 10, 2010 
Art "a la CART"
Each month, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art teams up with the Norman Arts Council's Second Friday Circuit of Art, a monthly Cleveland Area Rapid Transit route that connects the Downtown Arts District, outlying galleries, performance halls, and Campus Corner. Together, the organizations host Art "a la CART," a monthly celebration of creativity including art activities for the family, live music, and a short film. For December, the museum will host performances by Norman High Schoolensembles for global and general music, theatre, and the jazz and show choirs along with the short films O Pintor De Ceos and Junko's Shamisen presented by the deadCENTER Film Festival.
Norman, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., 405-325-3272, 6:00 PM, FREE!
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Friday, December 10, 2010 
Patty Larkin
Combining folk, traditional, and contemporary music with sounds heard every day,Patty Larkin is part of the emerging multi-genre field of international women guitarists who produce, write, sing, and engineer their own albums. Winner of 11 Boston Music Awards, the folk-rock singer-songwriter recently released her latest project, 25, a collection of 25 love songs in celebration of two and a half decades in the recording industry.
Tulsa, All Soul Acoustic Coffeehouse, 2952 S. Peoria, 918-743-2363, 7:00 PM, $15
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Friday, December 10, 2010 
After only a few years together, Norman instrumental group MONTU has developed a large fanbase among college students across the country. Producing an individual and danceable sound, keyboardist John Barkley, guitarist Zane Russell, bassistJohn Godsy, and drummer Colby Cowart infuse the influences of rock, electronica, jazz, and jam-based music into their memorable live performaces. Stillwater jazz-funk group Flatland Travelers will open the show.  
Stillwater, Eskimo Joe's, 501 W. Elm St. , 405-372-8896, 10:00 PM, Cover may apply
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Saturday, December 11, 2010 
Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar 
Featuring live demonstrations, music and activities, the Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaaris a community event in which unique artists show and sell their handmade work to shoppers from all over the region. With live performances by the Oklahoma Childrens Acting GuildKris NickellSkating PollyBalcum Rancum Puppetry, and Sugar Free Allstars, this year's Bazaar wil also include a fundraiser for ProjectOKC. 
Oklahoma City, OK State Fairgrounds Centennial Building, 3001 General Pershing Blvd., 405-948-6704, Please check the Website for a full schedule, FREE!
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Saturday, December 11, 2010 
The Byron Berline Band
As a three-time National Fiddle Champion, Grammy-nominee Byron Berline has been touted as one of the nation's most inventive fiddlers and continues to be both critically and commercially acclaimed. Along with banjo player John Hickman, guitarist Jim Fish, fiddle and guitar player Greg Burgess, bassist Richard Sharpand drummer Steve Short, the Byron Berline Band consistently demonstrates skill, versatility, artistry, and bluegrass dexterity.
Guthrie, Double Stop Fiddle Shop, 121 E. Oklahoma Ave., 405-282-6646, 7:30 PM, $10
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Saturday, December 11, 2010 
Maggie McClure and Shane Henry
Two accomplished Oklahoma musicians join forces for one night of unforgettable music. Pianist, singer and songwriter Maggie McClure has had her original songs featured on popular television shows such as MTV's The Hills and CBS's The Young and the Restless. The songbird recently released her album Good Morning and Good Night and wrapped up a tour with Sara Bareilles. Oklahoma City blues and soul singer-songwriter Shane Henry likewise enjoyed the release of his latest album, Beauty in the Struggle, this year and continues to tour throughout the country. 
Oklahoma City, The Blue Door, 2805 N. McKinley Ave., 405-524-0738, 8:00 PM, $10 in advance, $15 at the door
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Saturday, December 11, 2010 
Boyz II Men
Best known for emotional ballads and intricately complex a cappella harmonies, Grammy-winning R&B group Boyz II Men has sold an estimated 60 million albums worldwide. Often recognized as one of the most successful groups of the 1990s, the band's hits include "On Bended Knee," "Motownphilly," "End of the Road," and "One Sweet Day" with Mariah Carey. Now touring as a trio, Boyz II Men recently announced plans for a special 20th anniversary album, which will feature all four members: Wayna Morris, Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris, and Michael McCary, who left the group in 2003 due to health problems. 
Newkirk, First Council Casino, 12875 N. Highway 77 , 877-725-2670, 8:00 PM, $35-$75
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Saturday, December 11, 2010 
Rich O'Toole 
Houston singer-songwriter Rich O'Toole is the first artist to have three consecutive singles off a debut album reach the Top 10 of the Texas Music Chart. Produced by Grammy-nominee Mack Damon, that album, Seventeen, was also named by theTexas Music Times as the "Best Album of 2006 That No One Told You About." Again working with Damon, O'Toole's second album was released in 2008 and includes ten self-penned songs and a cover of The Postal Service's 2003 single "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight." 
Davis, Arbuckle Ballroom, 12201 Hwy. 7, 580-369-3870, 9:30 PM, Cover may apply
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Sunday, December 12, 2010 
Susan Herndon
When she was young, Tulsa singer-songwriter Susan Herndon took guitar lessons from Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame member Tommy Cook. Also skilled on the piano and accordion, Herndon is especially known for her sweet voice, gifted songwriting, and versatile style. Her latest album, All Fall Down, was produced by celebrated Grammy-winner Lloyd Maines.  
Bixby, Buster's Guitar Store, 12606 S. Memorial , 918-369-3573, 3:00 PM, $8.50
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Sunday, December 12, 2010 
Janet Rutland's "Baby It's Cold Outside"
Armed with many of her favorite selections, Janet Rutland and her musicians return to the Jazz Hall to prove again why theirs is one of the most sought-after shows of any season. This special holiday performance will also feature special guest vocalist Chuck Cissel
Tulsa, The Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St., 918-281-8600, 5:00 PM, $10-$20
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