Working with a group that spans the better part of three generations, Tulsa music figures Paul Benjaman and Scott Hutchison, along with several other notable music figures, have created a new song that pays tribute to classic Tulsa Sound drummer and songwriter Chuck Blackwell. You… Read More »A Tribute to Blackwell
While I’m able to navigate the Internet with all the the adroitness of an Allosaurus trying his hand at tole painting, I’m lucky to have a couple of people who really know what they’re doing to run online interference for me: my media coordinator, Lourdes… Read More »Introducing the John Wooley Newsletter
Greg Renoff is a top-flight Tulsa-based author who’s just collaborated on a book with one of the top record producers of the rock era. Subtitled A PLATINUM PRODUCER’S LIFE IN MUSIC and published by ECW Press, TED TEMPLEMAN tells the story of its subject’s musical… Read More »Behind-The-Scenes Magic
The final chapter of WPA folklore collector Robert A. Brown’s adventure in the fear-fraught hills of 1939 Arkansas has arrived. Be a part of the journey! Sign up for the John Wooley Newsletter and be entered to win The Cleansing Trilogy! Winner will be announced… Read More »Enter to win The Cleansing Trilogy!
Fifty-four years ago, I rode a Greyhound bus to the end of the Turner Turnpike from Tulsa, where I had a summer job on the truck-loading docks at Skelly Oil Company. A couple of years earlier, I’d started writing for a comic-book fanzine — cranked… Read More »Sinister Serpent available now!
James Bond may be the Man with the Golden Gun, but Ralph Terry is the Man with the Golden Pitches. Ralph, in fact, can lay claim to having more Golden Pitches than anyone else — five more than his closest competitors, Christy Mathewson and Jose Mesa. When I collaborated with Ralph on RIGHT DOWN THE… Read More »Ralph Terry the Man with the Golden Pitches
This month in OKLAHOMA Magazine, you can, if you’re so inclined, catch a John Wooley twofer. My regular column tells about my experiences as an over-70 softball player, and the cover story pairs me with writer Henry Dolive (whom I haven’t had the pleasure of… Read More »A John Wooley Twofer
For many years now, musicians Walt Richmond and Casey Van Beek have represented the best of what the classic Tulsa Sound was, and is. Now, Richmond has produced and engineered a new Van Beek disc — his first solo effort — that brings that sound to listeners everywhere. If you’d like to know more, please… Read More »THE TULSA SOUND’S ETERNAL INSPIRATION
Stoney LaRue has long been one of the leading lights of the Stillwater-brewed musical concoction known to the world as Red Dirt. Recently, he and I visited about the current state of the Red Dirt scene as well as his new disc, which includes a bonus track featuring Stoney’s friend, the late Brandon Jenkins. It’s… Read More »SOMETHING POSITIVE FOR THE COSMOS
My friend Jimmie Tramel, a fine writer and big-time comic-book fan, puts on a great comics-related event in what to some may seem an unlikely place: Pryor, Oklahoma. It may indeed be held in a small town, but, over the past few years, the Pryor Creek Comic Convention has become a favorite destination for pop-culture… Read More »Pryor Obsessions