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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...

Retro Rockets Roll

Because there are always stirrings and rumblings before something bursts into the mainstream, it’s often difficult to pinpoint the beginning of a pop-culture trend....

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...

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...

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...

A Tribute To Tulsa Sound

What seemed to be an offhand comment made during a sad occasion turned into something far greater for Don White, the veteran Tulsa-based singer,...

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...

Mining for Solid Gold

Tommy Poole readily admits he’s “not expecting to make millions” on the new CD he produced and engineered, even though it’s got a two-time...

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...

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...