All posts by John Wooley

  • Last Man in the Band

    One of the nicest things about working with author Steve Todoroff on his upcoming biography of Leon Russell, Longhair Music, is that it has given...

  • Leon’s Legacy

    Exiting the Cain’s Ballroom stage after he and a stellar ad hoc band had romped joyously through the old chestnut “Trouble in Mind,” Rodney Lay...

  • Oklahomans of the Year

    Humility links our selections for Oklahomans of the Year. From the ringmaster of counterculture (Leon Russell) and the man running the state’s only major sports...

  • Background Man

    Back in the late ’60s, my friend Steve Olim and I made a couple of movies, using ourselves and some of our fellow Oklahoma State...

  • Can’t Make It to the Manger

    Back in the early part of this century, I was amazed and delighted when my old friend Steve Ripley, the internationally known, Oklahoma-based music figure,...

  • Small Town Songs

    To many musicians and music lovers, New Orleans and Kansas City mean jazz, while Memphis will forever be the home of the blues. Depending upon...

  • Old School Halloween

    The older you become, the more you get used to things around you fading into other things. So one day you turn on the oldies...

  • Morphing With the Times

    To set things up, let’s take a time trip back to the late ’70s-early ’80s, when the rockin’ sounds of several Tulsa acts reverberated well...

  • Hurricane Mason

    In a song of his called “Sweet Euphoria,” Oklahoma-based guitarist and vocalist Matt Mason sings of being “addicted to cold steel blades” and then “complaining...

  • In Town To-Night

    For many years now, whenever I’ve gotten the itch to add to my collection of autographed baseball and football cards, I’ve usually wound up at...