Oklahoma music

With each vaccine administered, we inch just a little closer to enjoying live music together again. Until then, get acquainted with this week's featured Oklahoma artists.

Jamie Glisson

Focus: Black Oklahoma is a one-hour news and public affairs program on various topics relevant to Oklahomans across the Black diaspora that airs on KOSU monthly. Listen to February's episode now.

This is No Cover, a production of KOSU and Oklahoma State University and hosted by Matthew Viriyapah. This episode features highlights of past episodes with Dr. View, Bartees Strange, Original Flow and Jabee.

NPR Music's Tiny Desk series will celebrate Black History Month by featuring four weeks of Tiny Desk (home) concerts and playlists by Black artists spanning different genres and generations each week. The lineup includes both emerging and established artists who will be performing a Tiny Desk concert for the first time. This celebration highlights the beautiful cornucopia of Black music and our special way of presenting it. We hope you enjoy.

Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" has long been offered as an "alternative national anthem," performed by musicians from Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger to Chicano Batman and Sharon Jones. Its message seems fairly simple — we are all equally entitled to the rights of this country, including the land we stand on. But Native Americans will just as soon point out that the core of the song, that "this land was made for you and me," is a wholly colonialist message.

January's edition of Heavy Rotation, chosen by NPR member stations, features music from The Avalanches, Chet Faker, Igwe Aka, Madlib, Run the Jewels and more.

Bartees Strange made his national television debut last night on Late Night with Seth Meyers, playing "Boomer" off his full length-debut, Live Forever.

The song was Oklahoma Rock Show's Top Song of 2020.

Oklahoma country music star Garth Brooks will perform at the swearing-in ceremony Wednesday for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will also perform at the ceremony.

Brooks, who identifies as a Republican, said in a Monday press conference that it's an honor to serve the country in his own way.

"This is a great day in our household," said Brooks. "This is not a political statement - this is a statement of unity."

Two of Oklahoma’s country music stars were honored this week.

Garth Brooks is one of five people in the 2021 class of Kennedy Center Honorees, which celebrates artists who have left an indelible mark on American culture.

In a statement, the country star from Yukon called President John F. Kennedy a childhood hero and said he hopes “to have contributed to humanity like my heroes have.”

Evan Jarvicks of Oklahoma music website Make Oklahoma Weirder shares his 10 favorite music videos by Oklahomans in 2020.

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