Saturday, February 26, 2011

Herndon dates/YOU COME TOO!


It's Dukes Country Kitchen in South Tulsa tonight, 9 to Midnight
with the CherryPickers....

(and February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March)

YOU Come on Down
and let's celebrate
the coming of SPRING
or something
or anything!
So hope
to see you there
or somewhere,
so here's
where we'll be
in this coming month.

Love and all great Good to YOU,


all locations Tulsa and Oklahoma unless otherwise noted...

Thursday, 24 February: 
Friday, 25 February: 
Saturday, 26 February: 
Sunday, 27 February: 
Good Folk Productions/Fayetteville, Arkansas
Tuesday, 1 March: 
Rick's Cafe Americain
Thursday, 3 March: 
Fred's Texas Cafe/Ft Worth, Texas
Friday, 4 March: 
Underwood Center/Lubbock, Texas
Saturday, 5 March: 
Barking Rocks Winery/Granbury, Texas
Tuesday, 8 March: 
Rick's Cafe Americain
Friday, 11 March: 
Blue Rose Cafe
Saturday, 12 March: 
Second Saturday House Concert/Pryor
Sunday, 13 March: 
Joseph's Birthday Bash/Addison, Texas
Wednesday, 14 March: 
SxSArtz/Austin, Texas
Tuesday, 22 March: 
Rick's Cafe Americain
Wednesday, 23 March: 
Saturday, 26 March: 
Sunday, 27 March: 
The Chouse/Norman
Tuesday, 29 March: 
Rick's Cafe Americain
Thursday, 31 March: 

Duke's.  (105th and Memorial, Bixby.)  Saturday, 26 February, 9 pm.  With the CherryPickers~  Stephen Rickey Lee and Michael Steed.    New venue, so you know the drill, come on out and be on your best behaviour.  It's Dukes Country Kitchen-- so there's good food too, drinks, and then maybe a good country brawl afterwards...

Good Folk Productions House Concerts.
  (229 N. Block, Fayetteville, Arkansas.)  Sunday, 27 February, 7 pm.
With Tom Skinner.
   This is Mike Shirkey's great concert listening hall, he also hosts a radio show there, "The Pickin' Post" in the beautiful Regnat Populus state.  For more info, go to:

Rick's Cafe Americain.
(31st and Harvard, Tulsa.)  Tuesdays, 6:30.  i'll just keep on saying it, because it's all true...  Here's lookin at you, kid  ;-)  My home away from home...  the world will always welcome lovers... as time goes by...  AND, the only intersection in Tulsa without any road construction (...knock on wood...)

Fred's Texas Cafe.
(915 Currie Street, Ft Worth, Texas.)  Thursday, 3 March, 7 pm.
I'll have a special guest with me on this evening... you'll just have to come out to find out...

Songwriter Conversations.
(Underwood Center, Lubbock, Texas.)  Friday, 4 March, 7 pm.
Stories and songs and the stories behind the songs, hosted by my dear friend, songwriter, archivist, and artist, Andy Wilkinson.  Guest appearance by Buddy Holly.

Barking Rocks Winery. 
(1919 Allen Ct, Granbury, Texas.)  Saturday, 5 March, 3 pm.
It's a long way back from Lubbock... so stopping off at this winery for some songs and refreshment... for more info and to sign up for their newsletter, go to:

Blue Rose Cafe. 
(21st and Riverside, Tulsa.)  Friday, 11 March, 9 pm.  With the CherryPickers.
"Oklahomans and Texans and Arkansas travelers, lay all of your worries away, and meet me tonight where the road meets the light, at the Blue Rose Cafe"  (~John Hadley)

Second Saturday House Concerts.  (, Pryor.)  Saturday, 12 March, 7:30 pm.
A new concert series!  Come out come out wherever you are!  Contact the above email address and be there or be a hexagon!

Joseph's Birthday Bash!  (Addison, Texas.)  Sunday, 13 March.

Joseph is so great-- if you were a party-crasher, he'd probably just be thrilled that you were there.  Happy Birthday, Joseph! 

(2330 South Lamar, Austin, Texas.)  Wednesday, 16 March, 6:20 pm.
At Artz Ribhouse, hosted by the dashing, Paul Barker, this is a showcase during SXSW.  It's "unofficial", but hey, it also doesn't cost 800 dollars a ticket and there's some great BBQ to go with.

The Canebrake. 
(33241 East 732nd Road, Wagoner. Wednesday, 23 March, 7 pm.
Good Music, Hot Yoga, Sweet Camaraderie, Delicious Dinner, Beautiful Accommodations-- what more could you ask for. 

.)  Saturday, 26 March, 9 pm.  With the CherryPickers.
I'm sure if you just show up in Enid-- you'll be able to find your way to this place... anyway, that's what i'm gonna do because i can't seem to find an address at this time... but once we get there it'll be a whopping good time!

The Chouse.
(717 West Boyd, Norman.)  Sunday, 27 March, 7 pm.  With Tom Skinner and Terry 'Buffalo' Ware.
My very favourite of all places to play-- it's a church, it's a house, with our wonderful friends and family and animals and food and drink and love and light and laughter and music and songs and and and...  the lovely Mary Katherine hosts this event and we can't wait!
French Hen.   (71st and Yale, Tulsa.)  Fridays and/or Saturdays when i'm in Tulsa, 7 pm.  J'adore toujours La Poule Francaise... quand je suis en ville j'y suis la... pour jouer des chansons francaises, manger de la bonne nourriture, et boire du bon vin!

Quantum Leap.  (104 South 2nd Street, Okemah.)  Thursday, 31 March, 8 pm.  This is a new music night and jam at the BrickStreet in my home town.  We had a lovely time this past Thursday.  Come on out, bring an instrument and play some tunes!

For further info, go to:   

Monday, February 21, 2011

Camille Harp

Here's the skinny for my upcoming week.  Hope that you're able to catch one of these shows. (2/24: OK Music Hall of Fame.  2/26: Othello's Norman)

This Thursday, 2/24, I will be in Muskogee at The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.  I will be playing with Joe Mack, Greg Jacobs and Chuck Dunlap in a songwriters series called Music Begins With A Song.  I'm honored to be a part of this and I'm very excited to play with these fellas.  7pm.  Check it out on Facebook/Myspace if you have more questions.

Saturday, 2/26, I'll be back at one of my regular rotations, Othello's Restaurant in Norman.  Othello's has become one of Norman's best listening rooms.  Great food and atmosphere make this a great place to be.  9pm-Midnight.

Keep this in mind for future Thursdays: The Happy Hour show at The Deli in Norman last Thursday went soooooo great!  Because of this, I will be playing every Thursday starting March 3rd from 7pm-9pm. Very exciting for me!  The Deli is like my living room.  I feel I can totally be myself and that this comes out in my performance.  Please join me sometime!...and a BIG thank you to those of you who made the 1st show a success!

Don't forget the website:  I will post dates as they are booked!

Til we meet again,

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Camille Harp

Hey y'all!  Just a friendly reminder to join me and Alan tonight Thursday, at The Deli in Norman on Campus Corner (309 White Street, 73069).  We'll play tunes for FREE from 7pm-9pm.  That's right!  NO COVER CHARGE! See you there!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Webster & Associates, LLC: A Public Relations & Marketing Company
DUE MAY 3, 2011
Blind Boys of AlabamaNashville, TN (February 15, 2011) --- Five time Grammy Award and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners The Blind Boys of Alabama will release a traditional country-gospel album for the first time in their 70-year career on May 3rd, 2011 (Saguaro Road Records). One of country music's most acclaimed and compelling artists, Jamey Johnson, co-produced the album and performs on it along with Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., Lee Ann Womack, and The Oak Ridge Boys, backed by an A-list of top Nashville studio musicians. The result is a stunning, powerful testament to the deep, historic relationship between country and gospel music.
"There wasn't one person who didn't bawl like a baby or bust their heart open at least once,"Johnson recounted to the New York Timesrecently, remarking on the intensity of the recording sessions. "It's been a dream of mine to do a country gospel album and we couldn't have found a better partner than Jamey" said Jimmy Carter, the last original Blind Boy still touring with the band. "This album beautifully combines two of the seminal roots of the American music tree, gospel and country music. The Blind Boys, Jamey and their hand-picked guests deliver this music in a searingly authentic way," adds Mike Jason Senior Vice President, Retail for Saguaro Road Records
The concept for the collaboration started with original Blind Boy Jimmy Carter's longstanding love of country music and his desire to do a traditional country-tinged gospel album. Last year, his idea started to take shape when the Blind Boys were asked to curate a series of shows at the prestigious Lincoln Center Festival. One of the sold-out nights featured country artists Ralph Stanley, Ray Benson (Asleep At The Wheel) and Allison Moorer. Soon after, they met Jamey Johnson and asked him to join them in singing the traditional song "Down By The Riverside" at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Their mutual respect and shared passion for old-time gospel music made for a powerful performance, and that magical moment led to the Blind Boys asking Jamey to produce their next CD. The band had already been planning to make a country record with their Grammy-winning production collaborator Chris Goldsmith, who had enlisted the help of veteran Nashville drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler). Jamey then brought in bassist Kevin 'Swine' Grantt (Brad Paisley, Daryl Worley) and additional top-notch Music City players, including legends such as guitarist Reggie Young, to join them in the studio. A fantastic array of guest vocalists – Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr, Lee Ann Womack and The Oak Ridge Boys – added to the recording sessions while new friendships were quickly formed and soulful sounds were crafted out of a shared love of real and authentic spiritual music.
The result is a remarkable album, which mines the profound connections between traditional country and gospel music. The amazing spirit and soul of the Blind Boys is celebrated through the songs, some time-tested like Hank Jr.'s energetic re-working of his father's "I Saw the Light," and some more recent chestnuts like Danny Flower's underground classic "I Was a Burden." Recorded live in just a few days at Ben Folds' Javelina Studio, the album has the soulful feel of an old-school country classic. In fact, the word got out during the session that something special was going on at the old RCA soundstage, and guests like George Jones, Bill Anderson, and Bobby Bare dropped by just to observe the proceedings. All of them were visibly touched by what they experienced.
This record follows in the renowned Blind Boys tradition of reaching across musical boundaries to collaborate with other artists (from Peter Gabriel and Lou Reed to Anthony Hamilton, Ben Harper and Third Day) to create music that is appreciated as heart-warming, innovative, and inspirational by people from all walks of life.
The Blind Boys of Alabama continue to tour the world, performing over 150 concerts each year.  Honored by both the Grammys and The National Endowment for the Arts with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy® Awards, The Blind Boys have attained the highest levels of recognition in a career that spans over 70 years and shows no signs of diminishing. Longevity and major awards aside, The Blind Boys have earned praise for their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material, and now country, by acclaimed songwriters such as Curtis Mayfield, Prince and Tom Waits. Their performances have been experienced by millions on "The Tonight Show," "Late Night with David Letterman," the Grammy® Awards telecast, "60 Minutes II," and on their own holiday PBS Special. The Blind Boys' live shows are roof- raising musical events that appeal to audiences of all cultures, as evidenced by an international itinerary that has taken them to almost every continent. In 2007, they released the Grammy winning album, Down in New Orleans, their first for Saguaro Road Records, which was followed in 2008 by a companion DVD, Live in New Orleans. In 2009, they released Duets, a collection of songs recorded with artists including Bonnie Raitt, Ben Harper and Randy Travis.

Media Contacts:

For Saguaro Road Records
Jolyn Matsumuro
310-558-3000 x202

Kirt Webster
615-777-6995 x230

Courtney Reising
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For the Blind Boys of Alabama
Sue Schrader
New York City (917) 640-6995 | Nashville (615) 777-6995

What do you think, how about a top 50 Oklahoma bands/artist list? send me your thoughts.. we post them here

The New Music Seminar recognizes these 100 Artists On the Verge as the strongest among the hundreds of thousands of artists in the field:

Abe Vigoda
Allie Moss
Amber Rubarth
Avey Tare
Black Metal Box
Bop Skizzum
Cold Cave
Dark Dark Dark
Das Racist
Devil To Pay
Emilio Rojas
Emily Wells
Faded Paper Figures
Fitz and The Tantrums
Francis and The Lights
Gaby Moreno
Gentlemen Hall
Get Busy Committee
Go Periscope
Hey Marseilles
Holly Conlan
Jarrod Gorbel
Jes Hudak
Jesse Boykins III
Jesse Idol
John Regan
Jon Connor
Kari Kimmel
Kat Edmonson
Kate Tucker
Katie Cole
Keep Me Conscious
Kendrick Lamar
Kevin Ross
Kurt Rosenwinkel
Lady Lamb Beekeeper
Leftover Cuties
Light Asylum
LoveSick Radio
Marcus Strickland
Marina V
Marnie Stern
Mary Magdalan
Matthew Ebel
Mieka Pauley
Mike Del Rio
My Dear Disco
Nick Javas
Nylon Pink
Oneohtrix Point Never
Pepper Rabbit
Perfume Genius
Phil Adé
Red Molly
Reef The Lost Cauze
Shane Alexander
Shayna Zaid And The Catch
Shinobi Ninja
Skylar Grey
Smoke DZA
Stars Go Dim
Teengirl Fantasy
The Astronomical Kid
The Black and White Years
The Daylights
The Ferocious Few
The Gaslamp Killer
The Kicks
The Kid Daytona
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Thee Oh Sees
Time and Distance
Toro Y Moi
Trash Talk
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Twin Sister
Tyler, The Creator
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Zoe Keating

Mama Sweet

Hello Friends!

This Friday night, Mama Sweet is playing The Wormy Dog in Oklahoma City, OK!!!  We don't get to play there often enough, so we would love to have an incredible turnout.  So, bring all of your friends and come have a hell of a time!!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Mama Sweet

Friday, February 11, 2011

Kevin Pickett and Southern Rain

Country / Red Dirt / Southern Rock
Members: Kevin Pickett, Steven Gibson, Jason "frog" Hanan, James Purdy, Jimmy Stromberg

I swear we're gonna try to keep up with this in 2011.  Tomorrow 2/12/11 we will be at the Arbuckle Ballroom in Davis, OK.


For tickets go to


March 31st we need all the bodies we can get to come out to the Wormy Dog Saloon in Bricktown, OKC.  Its a Thursday but the show ends at midnight so you can still get a little sleep if you need to. 


We are in the process of getting new merch in for 2011 - we already have beanies in stock and get some other stuff on the way.


If you haven't got your copy of the LIVE CD/DVD then get that asap.  Also pick up a copy of the acoustic album at the merch table. 


My 1st Annual Acoustic 4 Autism is coming up fast - April 16th - Brandon Jenkins is the headliner.


Keep up with us on youtube as we will be posting videos throughout the recording of our new record.  We're at  a new studio, with a new producer, we've added some organ/piano to the band.  This collection of songs are the best i've ever written and the band is playing better that ever.  SO - if all goes to plan then we will be putting out a great record with a fresh sound to it. 


Cant tell you enough how disappointed I am in the state of this "Texas/Red Dirt" music.  It's turning into pop music folks - I'm not gonna drop any names but some of the biggest acts on the scene just dont get me wrong, there are still some killer bands out there but use your mellon when you buy records would you.  That rock-n-roll soul is missing and we need to get it back by supporting that bands that are real.  See in Nashville there are teams of guys sitting around doing their best to write songs that appeal to the most amount of people and the tailor those songs to a singer......its all a mind fuck.  That same sort of thing is taking place in our scene.  Bands have seen success (money) on some shitty pop song that blew up so now they try to write like that.....pop music is money and money ruins music....... but a band can make money and real music if they want to.  Just turn off your fuckin radio and get some music that moves is very rare that there is any real music on the radio.  If you need some names of artists to check out then drop me a line and i'll fix you up......the real treasures in music are gaurded and sacred to those of us that have found it.  You dont need to look to your buddy to see if something is cool or not......close your eyes and listen and you will know.........I'm not trying to sell you my band...........I'm a fan of music and I want real music to shine through.  Just think "can i listen to this song in 20 years and still feel it and get it" most cases if the ansewer is no then its because its POP music, music of right now.....something to sell. the box


Come see us....................peace.............KP

The Arbuckle Ballroom Davis, OK Sat Feb 12 11 08:00 PM Tickets
Wall Street Duncan, OK Sat Feb 26 11 08:00 PM Tickets
Wormy Dog Saloon Oklahoma City, OK Thu Mar 31 11 08:00 PM Tickets

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Licensing Your Music Ain’t Easy – Be Cool

Licensing Your Music Ain’t Easy – Be Cool
by SCOTT JAMES on JANUARY 14, 2011

I recently had lunch with the founder and CEO of a popular website for independent artists. It was great to catch up and hear about all the exciting things going on with the site. On the other hand it was a bit of a concern hearing about some of what he and his staff have had to put up with recently in dealing with some of the more, shall we say, frustrated and/or unstable musicians that use his services.

On the site, artists can submit their music for a nominal fee to listings for licensing and other opportunities. As you can imagine, only a relatively small percentage of the music submitted can be accepted. There are high standards for anything that’s going to be used in film and TV and chances are that most of the submissions will fall short of this standard. Also, factor in that with licensing, it’s a bit of a crap shoot. You may have a better song than the next guy, but something about the other song just works better for the scene or they happen to have a lyric that fits perfectly for what they’re looking for. There’s no way around it – a lot of artists are going to end up frustrated.

The ones who ‘get it’ realize that you have to keep pushing forward and that you have to plant 1,000 seeds to grow 10 trees. The ones who don’t ‘get it’, in my experience, are poor judges of their own material and put too much importance on each submission. They also tend to underestimate how much work and perseverance it really takes to develop themselves to the point that they can produce broadcast quality music and get it placed. They fall into the trap of thinking that other people are responsible for their success or failure. Their minds play tricks on them and they imagine scenarios where the cards are stacked against them.

I remember when I first learned ProTools and started recording from home. I spent A LOT of time working at it. Before long I started to feel like the quality of my recordings were good enough to start getting placements. I signed up with some submission services in hopes to get some good breaks. I was sure that I was only a few months away from being able to make a living at it. WRONG! I was a lot further than I thought. My ears and brain just couldn’t tell what was lacking in my recordings. It all sounded great to me.

I remember the frustration well. I think one of the most difficult things for humans to deal with is when we can’t see the correlation between our actions and our results. I literally could not tell why I wasn’t getting the results I expected. A lot of explanations went through my head, but none of them gave me any peace. Eventually I ended up with a roommate who was much better at recording music than me and thankfully wasn’t afraid to call it like he heard it. It was painful to hear the truth at times, but I finally started to hear some of the things that I needed to improve. After several months of my roommate’s feedback I started to make money with my recordings.

Until you break through and have some success it can be a lot easier to blame someone else for your frustration. It requires a lot more effort to actually get the job done. Unfortunately, some people are so sure that their success is being thwarted by some evil-minded, greedy company or person that they will act like spoiled children and absolute jerks. This strategy only causes pain for all involved.

What I’d like for more people to realize is that when you submit your music for opportunities, the people who are screening your music are people who care, just like you and I. In most cases they’re musicians too. They probably understand and empathize with your frustrations more than you realize and they don’t enjoy having to deny anyone opportunities.

Even if you don’t understand why you’re not having the success that you believe you deserve I urge you to withhold judgement and to just stay at it and get as much honest, constructive feedback as you can. When your results in the outside world match your hopes and expectations then you’ve reached the point where you truly know what it takes and can judge your own work. Until then, you don’t and you can’t. If you’re not there yet then take 100% responsibility for getting yourself there, even if you don’t know how you will. If you have faith then you’ll have the strength to stay at it long enough to figure it out. In the meantime, be cool and treat people with kindness and respect.

Read more: Licensing Your Music Ain’t Easy – Be Cool — Echoes - Insight for Independent Artists

Fwd: Happy February from Johnny Cooper!

Johnny Cooper
new backdrop
The band has new backdrop.... Check it out and let us know what you think!

Getting ready to snorkel in the Grand Cayman Islands!

Outlaw Escape Cruise 2011 was a hit! Camp Cooper, Passport Travel & 94.9 The Outlaw are already making plans for next years cruise!!!

Mardi Gras Texas Style!! Johnny Cooper is among the many great artists that will be performing. Get more info at !!

Keep updated with what the band has going on at !!!
Greetings from Camp Cooper!!
2011 has started off with a BANG!!
You'll be happy to know that plans for a new cd are underway!! The band plans on recording a brand new LIVE CD on March 5-6, 2011, at the Iron Horse Pub in Wichita Falls, TX! Saturday, March 5th is 21+ and Sunday March 6th is an All Ages Show! Be a part of the LIVE CD recording by coming to either show that weekend!
The Outlaw Escape Cruise 2011 was a success!! The 7 day cruise was a perfect way to beat the cold weather!! The band played two shows on the boat; a private show for Outlaw cruisers and another public show for everyone on the boat. Passport Travel is already making plans for next year! Stay updated with the latest cruise news on the new Facebook page.
It's Mardi Gras Texas Style time again!! This show is one of the bands' favorite shows to play! Join us this year! For the complete list of performering artists go to !! Be sure to stop by our merch booth to check out the NEW stuff we have available! Don't forget your beads!!
Our calendar is filling up fast! Here is a list of the shows for the month of February...
2/11- Silver Saloon, Terrell, TX
2/12- Mule Barn, Justin, TX
2/16- Nutty Jerry's,
Winnie, TX
2/17- Cheatham Street, San Marcos, TX
2/18- Wild West, Waco, TX
2/19- Mardi Gras, Dallas, TX
2/25- Midnight Rodeo, Amarillo, TX
2/26-Wild West, Lubbock, TX
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