Oklahoma music

Oklahoma Rock Show: Rewind is your home for the music of Oklahoma’s past.

On this episode, we jump into the world of power pop. Look over nearly any list of Top Power Pop Songs or Bands and you’ll find Todd Rundgren and Cheap Trick and Big Star... but you’ll also find Oklahoma musicians like 20/20, Phil Seymour and Dwight Twilley Band.

Oklahoma Rock Show: Rewind is your home for the music of Oklahoma’s past.

On this episode, we look at the use of song as expressions of opposition, and its use to empower others rallying in social activism. Oklahomans have written and played on a variety of protest songs, from opposing nuclear war and the Vietnam War to the abuse of power and politics in general.

Fans of St. Vincent's 2017 album Masseduction are about to hear its songs in a new light, starting with a stripped-down version of "Savior." Swapping synths for piano, "Savior" now showcases Annie Clark's vocal range while tapping into the original's darker, more plaintive undercurrents.

Oklahoma Rock Show: Rewind is your home for the music of Oklahoma’s past.

On this episode, we're playing tunes by Oklahoma guitar wizards. Jazz, country, blues, rock, pop, classical, new age, surf rock (!), indie rock -- they've all had Oklahomans bearing a major influence within the genre. Note: this is not meant to be a comprehensive list. We'll do more of these.

Oklahoma Rock Show: Rewind is your home for the music of Oklahoma’s past.

On this episode, we're exploring Oklahoma's impact on hillbilly music and singing cowboys. Hillbilly music was a label used from the 1920s to the 1950s, and placed on what is now known as country music. Meanwhile, Singing Cowboys was a term used to describe actors and singers that appeared, usually as the role of hero, in early Western B-movies in the 1930s and 1940s.

It's like that scene in High Fidelity where John Cusack's character claims he can sell five copies of Beta Band's The Three EPs just by playing "Dry the Rain" in his record store. Whenever I play the opening to Ester Drang's 2001 album, Goldenwest, for friends — an ascending piano line cascading through waterfalls of dripping synths and slide guitar, as the rhythm section locks into an impossibly cool groove begging to be sampled by a beatmaker — they must know immediately what's on the stereo.

It's not enough to make list after list. The Turning the Tables project seeks to suggest alternatives to the traditional popular music canon, and to do more than that, too: to stimulate conversation about how hierarchies emerge and endure. This year, Turning the Tables considers how women and non-binary artists are shaping music in our moment, from the pop mainstream to the sinecures of jazz and contemporary classical music. Our list of the 200 Greatest Songs By Women+ offers a soundtrack to a new century.

Lorrie Collins — one-half of the 1950s Oklahoma rockabilly duo The Collins Kids — was one of the earliest leading women of rock and roll music. Collins died on Saturday, as confirmed by her brother and bandmate Larry Collins. She was 76.

Lorrie and Larry were raised on a dairy farm in Pretty Water, near Sapulpa in northeastern Oklahoma in the 1940s.

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Tuck and Patti need no more than each other and a guitar to make magic. Married and making music for nearly 40 years, Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart perform as one with his masterful guitar playing and her fluid, free vocals.

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