Oklahoma music

What a year for music. Don’t believe me? Then just look at the diversity of all the 2018 year-end Best Of’s. Taking a look at my list makes my heart swell & reminds me of why I still do what I do. The music, man - the music! Like Chelsey Cope at her very best or Skating Polly carving their names on my heart or Broncho when they toured with Billy Idol (I’m still jealous).

Phil Clarkin

Steve Ripley, guitarist, inventor and leader of the country rock group The Tractors, died Thursday evening at his Pawnee County home after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 69.

Ripley played in several bands during high school and continued to do so as a student at Oklahoma State University. He opened his own recording studio, Stillwater Sound, in the early 1970s.

Ryan LaCroix, host of The Oklahoma Rock Show, shares his 10 favorite Oklahoma albums of 2018:

10. Gum - When the Water Hits the Moon

LISTEN: Tired Eyes, I Can Do What You Want Me To, Under Your Spell

John Cooper, co-host of the Red Dirt Radio Hour, shares his top albums of 2018, in no particular order:

Brandon Jenkins - Tail Lights In A Boomtown

Jimmy LaFave - Peace Town

From standard-bearing singers and instrumentalists to genre innovators, from businesspeople who introduced new ways of listening and sharing to activists who made performance their platform, vital voices from all over the music map left us this year — some far too soon.

DJ Sessions: Christmas Music Old And New

Dec 24, 2018

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with one of his favorite childhood DJs, Mike Haile (@mitmradio) of WHMS in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, about favorite holiday tunes.

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The year-end countdown list from Tumbleweeds All the Way Down host Jack Fowler is always a fun take on the annual feature. Here are his top five songs that remind him of the day a giant squid killed Esteban, his best deckhand. Enjoy.

5. Scrapper Blackwell - "Goin' Where the Monon Crosses the Yellow Dog"

Live music is my conduit to self-care. I love it all, from a piano concerto to a folksy singalong; but despite the ringing in my ears that complicates my lifelong pleasure, I like music best when it's a little loud. Live music awakens my senses and shelters me from everyday life's disorganized noise; I needed its clarifying energy more than ever this year. And the best thing about this form of self-care is that it takes place in community with others. It awakens connections, mind, body and soul — and that, I think, is what we need more than ever in 2018.

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