An Intimate evening with Watermelon Slim with John Long opening, Saturday, March 28th
Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open at 7pm, show starts 7:30pm Suggested Donation: $20 at the door and (DOS) DAY OF SHOW and $15 in advance and through PayPal. Click button below to make donation through paypal. RSVP required, as seating is limited. Your paypal donation will serve as your RSVP. If you plan to pay at the door, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Food: We will provide some finger food and beverages for this event, but any food contribution from you would be much appreciated. Also, feel free to BYOB
“The most exciting and authentic blues performer I’ve heard in years.” A.W., Paste Magazine
2x Winner: 2008 Blues Music Award Band of the Year and Album of the Year 2x Winner: 2006 & 2007 MOJO Magazine’s #1 Blues Album of the Year Winner: 6th Annual Independent Music Awards Blues Album of the Year
ARTIST BIO: An ever-expanding career of ramshackle grandeur. Bill “Watermelon Slim” Homans has built a remarkable reputation with his raw, impassioned intensity. HARP Magazine wrote “From sizzling slide guitar…to nitty-gritty harp blowing…to a gruff, resonating Okie twang, Slim delivers acutely personal workingman blues with both hands on the wheel of life, a bottle of hooch in his pocket, and the Bible on the passenger seat.” Paste Magazine writes “He’s one hell of a bottleneck guitarist, and he’s got that cry in his voice that only the greatest singers in the genre have had before him.”
Slim was born in Boston, his father was a progressive attorney and freedom rider and his brother is a classical musician. He was raised in North Carolina listening to the housekeeper sing John Lee Hooker songs. Slim attended Middlebury on a fencing scholarship but left early to enlist for Vietnam. While laid up in a Vietnam hospital bed he taught himself upside-down left-handed slide guitar on a $5 balsawood model using a triangle pick cut from a rusty coffee can top and his Army issued Zippo. lighter as the slide.
Slim first appeared on the music scene with the release of the only known protest record by a veteran during the Vietnam War. The project was Merry Airbrakes, a 1973 protest tinged LP with tracks Country Joe McDonald later covered. In the following 30 plus years Slim has been a truck driver, forklift operator, sawmiller (where he lost a partial finger), firewood salesman, collection agent, funeral officiator and at times a small time criminal. Due to aforementioned criminality, Slim was forced to flee Boston where he had played peace rallies, sit-ins and rabbleroused musically with the likes of Bonnie Raitt. Recently Raitt singled out Slim to her audience as a living blues legend during a summer 2009 performance.
From Boston Slim landed in his current home state of Oklahoma farming watermelons – hence his stage name. Somewhere in those decades since Vietnam Slim completed two undergrad and a master’s degree, started a family, painted art and joined Mensa, the social networking group reserved for members with certified genius IQs. When he’s not on tour Slim loves to fish and garden.
John Long was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1950 and was first exposed to the music he’d make his life’s work not long after. His mother played several stringed instruments and supplemented the household income by teaching local guitarists. By the late 1950s John was absorbing the sounds of Jimmy Reed, Buster Brown, Muddy Waters, Lightnin ’ Hopkins, Junior Parker, and all the rest of the R&B and jump blues of the day, and working on recreating those sounds with his own guitar. By the early 1960s he was playing professionally in local bands, and digging deeper into the blues, through Muddy, Wolf, and Elmore, to Tampa Red, Peetie Wheatstraw , Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell, Lonnie Johnson and others. As Long immersed himself in the pre-war, acoustic blues era, he began to find a home stylistically, and started writing his own original music, inspired in large part by his brother Claude, whom he still credits as his biggest influence.
An Intimate evening with Luke Bulla and Jared Tyler in concert. Saturday, January 18th.
Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open at 7pm, show starts 7:30pm Suggested Donation: $20 at the door and (DOS) DAY OF SHOW and $18 in advance and through PayPal. Click button below to make donation through paypal. RSVP required, as seating is limited. Your paypal donation will serve as your RSVP. If you plan to pay at the door, please RSVP to email@example.com Food: We will provide some finger food and beverages for this event, but any food contribution from you would be much appreciated. Also, feel free to BYOB
Just a note from the host: Luke Bulla and Jared Tyler are friends and have played together, so there's a strong possibility that they may join one another at some point during each other's perspective sets.
Hey, new Folk Salad Tee shirts and mugs are available for sale at the show, but even if you are not attending the show, and want a tee or mug or both, you can contact me to purchase. Shirts are $20 and mugs are $8.00 and there will be a small fee if I have to ship it to you.
Luke Bulla "The Valley"
Biography Luke Bulla has been singing and playing music most of his life. Touring and singing with his family band from the tender age of four, Luke took up the fiddle at seven. Over the course of the next few years, he won the National Fiddle Contest six times in his respective age categories. His seventh win came in the Grand Champion division at age sixteen, making him the youngest to have earned the title at the time. Entering Nashville’s Grand Masters fiddle contest at age ten, Luke distinguished himself by being the youngest person to have made the Top Ten.
As a full-time Nashville resident since 1999, Luke has enjoyed playing fiddle with Ricky Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, as well as other wonderful musicians including Earl Scruggs, Lee Ann Womack, Brandi Carlile, Jim Lauderdale, Darrell Scott, Kevin Costner, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, and Sam Bush. It was on a Cayamo Cruise that Luke and Lyle Lovett crossed paths leading to his invitation for Luke to join Lyle's touring band(s), including the world famous Large Band featuring many of America’s best-loved musicians. Luke’s feels very fortunate to have completed his seventh season with Lyle Lovett in 2016.
As a solo artist, Luke's debut on the Pure Music Nashville label, 'Who Loves You Better’, was released in 2016. The album features Luke's warm and engaging lead vocals and his artful fiddle playing on his co-writes and fresh arrangements of songs composed by Lyle Lovett, Buddy Miller, Guy Clark, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Cole Porter and J.R. Stewart. Recorded at Zac Brown's awesome Southern Ground Nashville, the LP was produced by Grammy winner and guitar ace Bryan Sutton. Featured vocalists include: Sharon & Cheryl White, Maura O’Connell, Lee Ann Womack and Sara Jarosz, complemented by a veritable A-List of Americana's finest musicians including: Jerry Douglas, Noam Pikelny, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Sam Grisman, Bryan Sutton and many more!
Jared Tyler - "Gwendolyn" - Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK - 11/11/17
Written by Duane Verh June 13, 2017 - 12:00am EDT
Jared Tyler’s reflections and recollections, whether familial or romantic, are all served up in a warm-hearted, inviting manner by way of the Tulsa-based singer/songwriter’s soul-grounded, slightly urgent vocals. The infectiousness of the spirited title track should garner airplay. Other attention-worthy tracks include “Waltzing Around With My Shadow”, “Fort Gibson Lake” and “A Little Tonight”.
“Dirt On Your Hands” … a work of rare finesse that intrigues from the first to the last note. -Remo Ricaldone (Lonestar Time – Italy)
Jared Tyler has put together a beauty of an album and needs to be heard. Here is the title track from the album, titled Dirt On Your Hands. Consider this only a taste. The album is packed with outstanding songs.- Bob Segarini
“Tyler’s rich, soulful voice and confident delivery (and subject matter) put it in a category beyond the fare one normally finds on the country radio dial.”—Red Dirt Report
“I freakin love this album…I recommend everyone check this one out.”—Sister Dorothy Blog
“Pushing the envelop of roots/Americana, Tyler yummily mixes old timey, folk, country blues and the rest of the magilla into a roux that can be rolled out in a mix or individually to great effect.”—Midwest Record
“The new 12-song release begins with the country/folk/Americana sound of “Death Of Me” as you get a care-free style of music that makes you just pause and take notice.”—JP’s Music Blog
Friday, December 13th, 7:30pm. Hosted by House Concerts Unlimited
Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open at 7pm, show starts 7:30pm Suggested Donation: $20 at the door and DOS and $18 in advance and through PayPal. Click button below to make donation through paypal. RSVP required, as seating is limited. Your paypal donation will serve as your RSVP. If you plan to pay at the door, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Food: We will provide some finger food and beverages for this event, but any food contribution from you would be much appreciated. Also, feel free to BYOB
REQUEST FROM HOST: Again, I am asking for your consideration in bringing to this show, some non-perishable foods to be distributed to families with food insecurity due to detention or deportation based upon immigrant status. The numbers of famlies are increasing. These are families that won't even come to Iron Gate to get groceries because they are fearful of being arrested. Our social justice group at church is hand delivering groceries. Some of the items needed are dried milk, peanut butter and jelly, pasta, rice, beans, breakfast cereal and canned fruits and vegetables. We will have a basket there at the entrance to the churh, to collect. Thank you for your generosity. Scott Aycock
Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines "I Found the Lions"
Terri Hendrix is a pioneering independent Texas songwriter who spins sorrow into joy and wrings wisdom from the blues with a poetic grace and engaging melodic flair that has endeared her to three generations of fans around the globe. Recognized by “Acoustic Guitar” Magazine as one of Texas’ 20 essential contemporary singer-songwriters, Hendrix has released 18 albums since her 1996 debut, “Two Dollar Shoes," all on her own Wilory Records label. As the owner of the masters to every album she's ever made, "Terri is truly a self-made woman" (as music legend Al Kooper observed). That autonomy has allowed her the freedom to dodge musical pigeonholes her entire career by weaving folk, pop, country, blues and jazz into an eclectic style all her own, which makes for an energetic and spiritually uplifting live show in any setting, from listening rooms and house concerts to theaters to outdoor festivals. Along the way, she’s also co-written a Grammy-winning instrumental (the Dixie Chicks’ “Lil’ Jack Slade”), and garnered such honors as a star on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame, the Art of Peace Award by Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio, the Distinguished Alumni Award at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, and a 2015 induction into the Women’s Hall of Fame in San Marcos, Texas. But her proudest achievement to date is the OYOU ("Own Your Own Universe"), the 501 C3 non-profit she founded in 2013. Based in Martindale and San Marcos, Texas, the OYOU's mission is to make the arts accessible to everyone, regardless of age, income, social, or mobility issues, through a variety of workshops, concerts, and retreats.
Part of the beauty of Terri Hendrix’s music is she’s among the best at recognizing, writing about and celebrating resilience and common ground, the things we can all cry, and laugh, about.” — Jim Beal Jr., San Antonio Express-News
Lloyd Maines: Few people are as important to the development of Texas music over the last 30 years as Lloyd Maines. As a Grammy award-winning producer and musician, the Lubbock-born Maines has played an instrumental role in the creation of some of the Lone Star State's most famous and beloved albums. Maines began his recording and producing career in 1974. Over the past 40 years, Maines has worked on approximately four-thousand albums alongside some of the most significant figures in country, rock, and Texas music. In addition to his producing credits, Maines is an A-list steel guitar player and multi-instrumentalist. His work has been heard on countless recordings. Maines has been inducted into the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame in Lubbock, Texas, individually and as a member of the Maines Brother's Band. He was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame June 2014. He has made more appearances on the PBS show than anyone else in the history of the program.
The Motel Sessions: Monica Taylor
Monica Taylor, the Cimarron Songbird, a nickname given to her by Jimmy Lafave and Bob Childers because of her unique singing style and her home near the Cimarron river — tells stories from the heart and from her Cherokee, Scottish & Irish heritage. A songwriter of songs about home, red dirt roads & fence posts, trains & rivers, and love & yearning.
Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open at 7pm, show starts 7:30pm Suggested Donation: $22 at the door and DOS and $20 in advance and through PayPal. Click button below to make donation through paypal. RSVP required, as seating is limited. Your paypal donation will serve as your RSVP. If you plan to pay at the door, please RSVP to email@example.com Food: We will provide some finger food and beverages for this event, but any food contribution from you would be much appreciated. Also, feel free to BYOB
Three time Grammy nominee, Peter Case’s work sets the bar for authenticity, passion and imagination and spans a number of genres, including folk, blues, and rock. Raised in Buffalo, NY, Case came to the Bay area in 1973 and worked as a street musician and played in the seminal power pop group The Nerves, before moving to Los Angeles to form the Plimsouls, landing a deal with Geffen Records.
The Plimsouls achieved success with the hit single, “A Million Miles Away,” which landed them a role in the movie Valley Girl, as the band performing during the club scenes. Case’s 1986 solo Geffen Record debut revealed deep roots in folk and blues, and earned him his first Grammy nomination for the song “Old Blue Car” as well as the Number 1 spot on the NY Time’s 1986 Best CDs list. Six CDs later, Case earned another nomination for Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John, a remarkable collection of songs that features Case’s voice and a single guitar. It’s clear that Case is a major talent on the Americana troubadour landscape.
Case’s 2010 CD, Wig emphasized the rock and blues side of Case’s repertoire, while 2007's Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John demonstrates what Case can do with just his voice and a guitar. With or without a backing band, Case delivers his songs with both intense passion and introspective nuance.
The best of Peter Case’s songs suck you in to their own little worlds so deftly that you shiver with the final chord, like shaking awake from a dream. You’ve been there, inside, seeing what he’s been seeing…
‘Entella Hotel’ has a small crowd at Brighton’s Latest Bar rapt and, when it’s evocation of living the lowlife in San Francisco is over, Case’s collaborator tonight, Michael Weston King, speaks for us all:
‘That’s not just one of my favourite Peter Case songs, it’s one of my favourite songs by anyone, ever.’
There are barely thirty people in the room and Case is so good, that’s crazy. I shake his hand afterwards and tell him he should be playing to thousands. ‘Maybe in another life,’ he replies wryly.
He’s 58 now and has been making solo albums since his classic self-titled debut in 1986. Prior to that he played in a couple of punky bands the Nerves and the Plimsouls. He’s an accomplished guitarist, picking blues licks on an open-tuned acoustic with drive and no little finesse – but it’s feel and impact rather than scrupulous technique that he goes for. His voice is distinctive, clear and expressive, with occasional echoes of John Lennon; his look is equally his own – imagine a beatnik Willy Rushton after an all night session…
Peter Case likes to tell stories between songs, as well as in them, and we get a long tale of buying in to Bob Dylan’s self-mytholigising of running away to hit the road as a child. And, since Case grew up in Buffalo, his route out was Highway 62 – which runs all the way to the Mexican border at El Paso, via the birthplaces of Woody Guthrie and Buddy Holly… Cue a splendid take on Dylan’s ‘Pledging My Time’, re-imagined as country blues.
My partner and I reflect on the way home on the entirely random way that audience size correlates to talent. OK, someone like Case is always likely to be in the cult hero bracket, rather than a household name. That said, the cult really ought to be a little less exclusive. She points out that Peter is just as a good a singer, songwriter and guitarist as, say, Steve Earle, and of a similar vintage. But Steve is capable of drawing an audience in Brighton about a hundred times the size of tonight’s. Go figure.
Dead Rock West - Used To Love You (Official)
DEAD ROCK WEST--the acclaimed California alt-country rock group fronted by Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennen—are heading into 2019 with an array of tour dates. Their recently released album MORE LOVE (Omnivore Recordings) was produced by John Doe of X who helped create an album that places Wasserman and Drennen’s achingly beautiful signature vocals and harmonies in finely etched rock, alt-country and pop settings. The sound is both contemporary and timeless. Click here to listen to “Boundless Fearless Love,” a joyously infectious standout from the album which was praised by Randy Lewis of Los Angeles Times’ Pop & Hiss as he premiered the song and noted it is “set to a propellant track that’s part R.E.M., part Tom Petty and part Neil Young…” Says John Doe: “They have combined all of the influences (alt-country, gospel, Everly Bros) from their previous records into this one. Great songs. Great playing. Wonderful performances. More Love is heart & soul from two deeply original singers & songwriters.” Doe adds: “Somehow Cindy & Frank connect the dots between '70 country & '60 soul music. They are a modern day Gram & Emmylou singing songs that Otis & Carla would sing.”
Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open at 6pm and show starts 6:30pm Suggested Donation: $18 at the door and DOS and $15 in advance and through PayPal. Click button below to make donation through paypal. RSVP required, as seating is limited. Your paypal donation will serve as your RSVP. If you plan to pay at the door, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Food: We will provide some finger food and beverages for this event, but any food contribution from you would be much appreciated. Also, feel free to BYOB
The Austin-American Statesman wrote “Wendy Colonna is not just a singer-songwriter, she’s a force of nature.”
Since 2000, Wendy has released eight acclaimed studio albums, a live album and DVD. She’s produced several award wining songs for advertisements, a yoga DVD for traveling professionals and musicians, and is co-owner of Austin’s beloved intimate private venue, “Tips Concerts.”
Originally from the gulf-coast of Louisiana, Wendy has called Central Texas home since 2000. Wendy’s songs echo swampy, soulful tales of loss, mortality, joy, reclaimed innocence and celebration. Her resonant, signature, grit-infused-honey voice can moves from a sweet whisper to a full-on bayou-soul-shout without skipping a beat.
Wendy’s eighth studio album, No Moment But Now” was released in 2017. Tracks from “No Moment But Now” were simultaneously featured on Apple Music’s “Hot Tracks” and “Breaking Singer Songwriter playlist, as well asSpotify’s “Fresh Folk” playlist. Wendy garnered critical acclaim from multiple outlets including the New York Times (describing her music as “ethereal”), received a 2016 Black Fret Major Grant and she was selected as a 2017 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Finalist.
In 2018, Wendy was honored to work as music director and a featured performer at TedX BartonSpringsWomen. In 2017, Wendy was invited to lend her uplifting songs to to the Austin Women’s March where there were 60,000 in attendance. She was also invited to emcee and perform Austin’s Earth Day Festivities. Wendy has had the honor of sharing the stage with legends like Mavis Staples, Delbert McClinton, Keb Mo and more.
Since 2014, Wendy has been writing and producing original, beautiful custom songs for advertisement. Most notably, Wendy’s Coca-Cola song, “A Happy Song” topped AdWeek upon its debut and SWLA Tourism’s “My Southwest Louisiana Home” took home several ADDY awards.
She currently spends most of her time raising three awesome youngsters, performing with her bandmates in the Austin area, coaching artists and small business owners, co-writing powerful anthems with leaders in nonprofit and corporate world. Twice a year, she tours across the US. Sometimes with her incredibly talented singing step-children in tow. They’re known to do really amazing a-capella tunes on the spot like this one by Hozier and this Louis Armstrong classic.
Dustin Pittsley & Jesse Aycock "A Song For You" Lambrosco'z Tulsa, OK
DUSTIN PITTSLEY & JESSE AYCOCK
Dustin Pittsley and Jesse Aycock have played in several bands together over the years, but these days each has his own musical pursuits. Pittsley fronts the blues-rock band that bears his name and Aycock has been touring nationally with Americana band The Secret Sisters, playing steel guitar for the Paul Benjaman Band, and continuing to write and perform his own tunes.
But any discussion of Tulsa music, particularly the New Tulsa Sound, must eventually lead back to the auspicious pairing of these two musicians, and the dual showcase they created around 2005 called Higher Education. That showcase’s long-running regular gig at McNellie’s has been pointed to by several of the musicians featured here, as well as longtime fans of the local scene, as a turning point for the current Tulsa music landscape.
“All these musicians started showing up,” Pittsley says. “Paul (Benjaman) would get up and play some tunes, Beau (Roberson) would play some tunes. We just tried to make it really open to a lot of musicians.”
Aycock credits that shared sense of openness and inclusion with a kind of sea change in the general vibe among those musicians.
“Until that time, it seemed like everyone was always competing for gigs,” says Aycock. “But with Higher Ed, everyone started playing together a lot more often and it became much more of a community.”
Pittsley adds: “And that community of people just kept showing up, and gradually that became the New Tulsa Sound group. We didn’t plan it that way. That’s just kind of how everybody came together.
“And we all really stuck together.” -BY BY MATT CAUTHRON • WITH CONTRIBUTIONS BY JARROD GOLLIHARE Tulsa People
Addendum: Jesse Aycock has also been a member of Hard Working Americans and toured with Elizabeth Cook.