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The Sideman

After more than four decades of performing before audiences in venues large and small, even as he deals with a disease that’s robbed him...

A Jim-Dandy Comic Con

First, thanks to a checkered literary career that includes work as a comic-book scriptwriter, I was a guest at the inaugural Pryor Creek Comic...

Trucking in Memorabilia

Out of the plethora of show-biz memorabilia displayed inside Jim Halsey’s seven-room office suite, the Tulsa-based country-music impresario has plucked, on this day, a...

Pain is Part of the Process

It’s a cliche, I guess – the idea that any artists who choose to go where their art takes them are, as a part...

Out of a Mercedes Trunk and Deep Freeze

Although I’m well into my fourth decade of writing about music, especially Oklahoma’s music, I’m reminded regularly how much more I have to learn....

A Shooting Star

My hometown of Chelsea, with a population that’s fluctuated between 1,500 and 2,500 for most of its existence, is one of those little Oklahoma...

Regaining His Groove

If he and his longtime musical partner Joey Harlan had just gotten a good break or two, had been at the right place at...

Tulsa’s Rock Royalty Rules

Anyone who’s regularly visited this column knows I especially enjoy sharing stories about projects that put veteran Oklahoma musicians in the spotlight. The history...

From Country to Crooning

It’s been 27 years since I first wrote about Oklahoma’s Tim Rushlow, who was then the lead singer for a spirited young group called...

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...