More Than the Wills Boys

Tulsa’s Caravan Swing Band may have been the best unrecorded band in the history of western-swing music, with ex-Texas Playboys like Glenn “Blub” Rhees. Tommy Perkins, and the incomparable Eldon Shamblin on its roster. In fact, however, it was informally recorded at least once, in 1981, on reel-to-reel tapes during a live show. Now, producers Darrell Dowty and Linda Freeman have put together the best of those recordings onto a new disc. Read all about it HERE, in my latest Oklahoma Magazine column.

Dracula’s Ghost

Like Dr. Frankenstein, Claremore’s Craig Lamb has dug up old parts and stitched them together into something very creepy. Instead of a monster, however, he’s created a new monster Movie. You can read about Craig and his film, Dracula’s Ghost, in my latest Oklahoma Magazine column, found HERE.

The Mayor of the Midway

For decades, the late Bill Davis symbolized Tulsa’s rock ’n’ roll music scene as few others have ever done. I’ve devoted my September OKLAHOMA Magazine column to Bill. You can find it HERE.

Bill Davis performs with drummer David Teegarden at Cain’s Ballroom.

A Punk Music History

Three veterans of Tulsa’s original punk-music scene have created a brand-new documentary that’s already won a major international award. OIL CAPITAL UNDERGROUND is the subject of my latest OKLAHOMA Magazine column, and you can read all about it HERE.

Chad Malone with Brother Inferior performs at Gilman Street, Berkeley, California, in 1999.

Ending a String of Bad Luck

Because of production deadlines, my story for OKLAHOMA Magazine was written before Jimmy’s house fire, and also before we could get in news of the big benefit being held for him at the Cain’s Ballroom on Saturday, July 14th. Those scheduled to appear include Gary Busey, Don Nix, and Ann Bell, as well as a full roster of Tulsa all-star musicians. Click here for tickets

JImmy Markham is working hard to end a string of bad luck.

Among Art Deco Royalty

Working with the skilled photographer Sam Joyner, my good friend and great editor and writer Suzanne Wallis has just produced ART DECO TULSA, an ode to Tulsa’s Art Deco buildings and the people who made them. Read all about it HERE.

Boston Avenue METHODIST CHURCH HAS A ZIGZAG FORM OF ART DECO ARCHITECTURE.

The Heart Sings

Although he died much too early, Brandon Jenkins left an indelible mark on everyone who heard his music. My latest OKLAHOMA Magazine column, celebrating Brandon and his work, can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTO COURTESY BRANDON JENKINS (2015)

 

 

Retro Rockets Roll

There’s a new band in Tulsa whose roots stretch back to a famous local theatrical production. You can read my OKLAHOMA Magazine column about the Retro Rockets — whose schtick is doing a nostalgia show about a nostalgia show — here.

Denise Hoey, left, Gayle Wolfe and Anna Neal are some of the vocalists for Retro Rockets.
Photo by Anasandra Azlin

Mining for Solid Gold

Noted jazzman and educator Tommy Poole has put a Grammy-winning trombonist together with several of his most talented OSU students to create a brand-new CD. You can read all about it here.

The Sideman

Oklahoma musician Jay Lankford has played and toured with, among other recording acts, the late country star Johnny Duncan. He’s called upon those experiences with a years-in-the-making novel he’s just published. Jay is the subject of my latest OKLAHOMA Magazine column, and you can read it HERE.