All posts by John Wooley

  • The Swingin’ Days

    A vacation trip prevents drummer Don Hartzell from making a Friday morning gig at Reed Community Center, but the four other musicians who gather in...

  • Festival On Wheels

    There’s a brand-new live-music experience rolling out this summer, and Oklahoma’s right in the big middle of it – both figuratively and literally. “Rifftime Music...

  • The Capital Of Western Swing

    Many years ago, late in his long life, Mr. O.W. Mayo told me how Tulsa came to be the focal point for the country- and...

  • The Human Canvas

    For a sparsely populated area in the mountainous region of southeastern Oklahoma, Atoka County has produced a pretty nice batch of notables, including 1930s mystery...

  • A Long Time Comin’

    When asked how long he’s been working on his first solo album, the impressive and entertaining Magic Pocket, Bill Belknap laughs heartily “Do you want...

  • Like Father, Like Son

    Untold numbers of Oklahomans have streamed into Nashville for decades with tunes in their hearts, stars in their eyes and lyrics scribbled in their notebooks,...

  • Leah’s Song

    Paul Rossler’s first foray into recording Red Dirt music came in the mid-‘90s, when Tom Skinner and Jeff Parker each recorded one of his compositions...

  • Political Outsider

      Publicity material for Politically Incoherent, a new disc from Oklahoma’s Mike Hardeman, calls it “a contemporary cousin” of The First Family, that trailblazing 1962...

  • Do You Know Cargoe?

    This Tulsa band is hoping to build upon their success from nearly four decades ago.

  • Hank, Don’t Fail Me Now

    An Oklahoma musician takes his tribute to a late, great legend on the road.