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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Inside the Box

Downtown Tulsa bustles with progress. Around nearly every corner, timeworn buildings regenerate and new buildings are created. At Third Street and Frankfort Avenue in...
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