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The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is set to induct five new members with its 2014 class this Saturday at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa.

You might not know the name Jim Keltner, but you’ve probably heard him playing drums on some of your favorite songs for the last 50 years.

Founding board member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and author of the Oklahoma Music Guide Dr. Hugh Foley says that Keltner’s status among rock drummers is unquestionable.

“He is the session drummer of the rock and pop era, from the mid-1960s to the present day. That includes an incredible list of artists. It’s one of those jaw-droppers, whether it’s John Lennon or Ringo Starr or George Harrison, with whom he played on all significant tracks by those three former Beatles.”

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is set to induct five new members with its 2014 class this Saturday at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa.

Elvin Bishop’s family moved to Tulsa when he was 10 years old. He attended Will Rogers High School and won a scholarship as a National Merit Scholar to the University of Chicago, where he studied physics. Founding board member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and author of the Oklahoma Music Guide Dr. Hugh Foley says that when Bishop wasn’t studying physics, he was studying the blues.

“When he gets there, he winds up hearing all these great blues musicians – Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf and so forth. He told me, ‘the first thing I did when I got there was to make friends with the black dudes working in the cafeteria at the university.’ And within a very short period of time, he was deep into the blues scene there in Chicago.”

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The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is set to induct five new members with its 2014 class this Saturday at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa.

Blues guitarist Lowell Fulson was born to parents of Choctaw and African-American descent in Tulsa in 1921. He was raised in Ada, playing guitar at church and picnics, before landing a job in 1939 as a guitarist for country-blues singer Alger “Texas” Alexander.

He was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served for two years before beginning his recording career. His first rhythm and blues hit came on the Swingtime label in 1948 with the now-blues standard “Three O’Clock Blues.”

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The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is set to induct five new members with its 2014 class this Saturday at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa.

One of this year’s inductees is J.J. Cale, who is probably most well known as the songwriter of tunes made popular by Eric Clapton (“Cocaine”) and Lynyrd Skynyrd (“Call Me the Breeze”).

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LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney joins host Ryan LaCroix every week to discuss music news and new music releases during All Things Considered on KOSU.

Today, we look at Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey's further expermientation with jazz, the fifth studio album from genre-melder Flying Lotus, and dance-pop from New Zealand band Yumi Zouma.

Celebrating Bluegrass Music in Guthrie

Sep 29, 2014

The sounds of banjos fill the air of Guthrie this week.

The annual International Bluegrass Festival returns to Guthrie Thursday through Saturday evening. 

This year features the band Dailey and Vincent, along with other local and international artists, some traveling from as far away as Japan.

Guthrie Ends Summer With Block Party

Sep 22, 2014

Guthrie closes out its summer concert series with a lineup of local and international bands.

KOSU’s Kate Strum reports on Make Guthrie Weird.

Make Guthrie Weird welcomes fall this Saturday with its last block party of the year featuring musicians from Oklahoma and beyond.  

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LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney joins host Ryan LaCroix every week to discuss music news and new music releases during All Things Considered on KOSU.

Today, we look at the new album from hometown heroes Broncho, the delivery method for the new U2 album, and the debut album by pop singer Mapei.


The family music festival Wiggle Out Loud returns for its second year this Sunday at Bicentennial Park in Oklahoma City.

The idea for the festival came from co-founder Chris Wiser, who has seen and played his share of family music festivals as frontman of Oklahoma City kindie rock band Sugar Free Allstars – that’s ‘kid’ and ‘indie’ mashed together. Wiser views last year’s inaugural festival as a massive success.

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