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 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
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 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
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.
When: Friday, September 20th. Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open 7pm and show starts 7:30pm Suggested Donation: $20 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 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
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.”
Seth Lee Jones - "Long Distance Call" - Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK - 11/11/17
SETH LEE JONES Ok, so I looked for some press on Seth Lee Jones and, not surprisingly, I found very little about this wonderful artist. Like many gifted Tulsa artists, Seth is not one to "toot his on horn" or more accurate, "to bend his own string."
I did find articles about his skills as a luthier, which alone are quite remarkable, but Seth Lee Jones is a guitar player that could easily share a stage with some of the great slide players on the planet. Sonny Landreth comes to mind, as well as our featured performer "Watermelon Slim."
If you have never had the opportunity to hear Seth work his magic on the guitar, which by the way, is a custom guitar he built, this young artist knows his way around a fret board and he writes and sings in a voice that comes from deep within and resonates in a tone that seems to link him to some of the best blues singers in the world. We are fortunate to have such a talent in our own backyard and I am excited to introduce him to those of you haven't heard heard his music before.
When: Saturday, July 20th. Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open 7pm and show starts 7:30pm Suggested Donation: $15 at the door and DOS and $10 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
Flagship Romance - Hit The Ground (Official Music Video)
Flagship Romance Bio: “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”– John Ruskin (1819-1900)
It may be that the famous English art critic Ruskin uttered these words well over a century ago, but they remain relevant today, perfectly describing the life of married couple Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson. As the Truth or Consequences, NM-based ‘Harmonic Alternative Folk’ duo Flagship Romance they live, work, and annually travel tens of thousands of miles together, deeply in love with each other and the process of bringing their emotionally powerful music to the people. It is an inspiring union of hearts, minds and souls that entrances all who encounter them and their art.
Fluent, intense acoustic guitar playing; lyrics of life’s peaks, troughs, mysteries and wonders; soaring, yearning vocals; tender, though oft-anthemic melodies, and harmonies one could barely separate with a single human hair: this is the Flagship Romance sound. Live, sharing a custom-built dual microphone stand, they deliver their beautiful material with passionate abandon, living each song as if it will be the last they will ever perform. Such commitment to their music and stagecraft has, in just a few short years, seen the aptly-monikered Flagship Romance become huge favourites of the North American house concert circuit. This suits them just fine, as Shawn and Jordyn’s preferred performance scenario is an intimate venue where the audience is tucked up close enough to them that they can hear them breathe (and, unfailingly, gasp at Shawn and Jordyn’s chemistry and dynamics). Yet they have also appeared at festivals, clubs and concert halls, sharing stages with international acts including Half Moon Run, Iris DeMent, Mason Jennings and the Goo Goo Dolls.
Chris Blevins - "Black Top" - Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK - 11/11/17
About Chris Blevins Music: A wicked blend of Southern rock & country crooning, seasoned with a shuffle and maybe even a hint of small town gospel, this talented Okie artist writes with a folk singer’s clear-eyed view of the world around him with wry political commentary, heartbreaking tales of love, and a romantic’s sense of longing and regret.
When: Saturday, June 1st Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open 7pm and show starts 7:30pm 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
Note from Host: This will be my 65th Birthday and I can't think of a better way to celebrate this landmark than with my fellow lover's of great songs.
I have a request that you bring a canned food item or dried good or even dried milk to be distributed to an Hispanic family in need, if you feel so inclined.
My Church, Trinity Episcopal, also the home of Iron Gate Ministry, has started a separate ministry to deliver food to specific families that have come to our attention as in need of help, due to having their primary bread winner deported. These are families that have children and have been in the country awhile now. Their children speak fluent English and most were born here.
The mothers and grandmothers are fearful of leaving the house, except to go to their jobs. They are afraid, even to show up at Iron Gate ministry for food, due to the threat of deportation.
Greg Jacobs "A Little Rain Will Do" Live at the Blue Door
Some call Jacobs the red dirt crooner because of his easy goin’ style, and that just might be right. He is the smoothest of all the red dirt troubadours, laying down a solid Okie groove, on songs that are both historic and personal. As Thomas Conner wrote in the Tulsa World, “Jacobs is the sweet voice of Oklahoma “Red Dirt”-not quite the grievous angel, but maybe the mischievous angel”. Jacobs remains one of the more original of all singer/songwriters working in America today and more than most delivers on the promise of Woody Guthrie, who said ‘ all you can do is write what you see’.
John William Davis, Hamlet, Redux
John William Davis: "The first time I heard John William Davis it was his excellent CD Revelation Land. It's a collection of songs that range from the title cut, a Bruce Springsteen like rocker... to a clever, funny song about the south after the civil war called Yankee Town, that is reminiscent of Randy Newman's finest work. Then he writes a song like Brave New Christmas that sounds like it came out of New Orleans Rag/Jazz. Finally another one of my favorites off that record, Skeleton Man, is a story song with a smoky carnival like arrangement, that would be right at home next to a Tom Waits song.
He is an incredibly talented singer/songwriter, the kind of artist that, once you hear him, you are asking yourself, why is he not famous? Of course, on the up-side, if he were famous, I would not be able to present him to you in this intimate setting". :-) - Scott Aycock- Folk Salad Radio