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.

A Jim-Dandy Comic Con

Pryor, Oklahoma may seem an odd location for a comic-book convention that drew hundreds of people last year, but a closer look reveals that it’s actually just right. Read all about how a couple of cousins, both named Jim Tramel, figure into the proceedings in my newest OKLAHOMA Magazine column, found here.

TRUCKING IN MEMORABILIA

The legendary country-music impresario Jim Halsey — with whom I have had the pleasure of co-authoring a couple of books — reflects on the holidays, some of his famous clients, and his one-of-a-kind collection of show-biz memorabilia in my OKLAHOMA Magazine column this month. You can read it here.