The Tulsa Zeitgeist

A couple of months ago in this space, I wrote about a then-upcoming event at Tulsa’s Will Rogers High School auditorium, honoring the musical legacy...

Western Swing Savant

In February 1934, a Texas expatriate named Bob Wills brought his ragtag group of musicians to Tulsa, where they auditioned for a slot on...

Russell’s Legacy Lives On

If you’re reading this anytime after Feb. 9, then you know – or can easily find out – whether Sir Elton John paid a...

Coming Full Circle

For many people attracted to the arts, their college years are the final time they’re allowed to devote their energies toward what they really...

A Band Roped into Success

With a brand-new, double-LP, vinyl album – and accompanying digital download – called 25 Years of the Great Divide, a groundbreaking Oklahoma band has...

More Than the Wills Boys

Forty years ago, Tulsa’s Caravan Ballroom, not Cain’s, was home to one of the best western swing bands in the country. Ever since early 1934, when...

Dracula’s Ghost

I’ve written in this space before about monster kids, those baby-boomer boys (mostly) who grew up immersed in the golden era of escapist horror...

The Mayor of the Midway

After talking with William Davis following the June 15 death of his father – Bill Davis, the Tulsa entertainment legend – I remembered a...

A Punk Music History

Those of us who’ve spilled a lot of ink and devoted blocks of airtime to what many call the classic Tulsa Sound know that...

Among Art Deco Royalty

Over my years of writing about Oklahoma music, I’ve gotten into a lot of conversations about the exceptional quality of Tulsa’s musicians. Often, they’ve...
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