When: Sunday, January 14th Where: 1135 N. Denver Ave. Tulsa Time: Doors open 6pm for potluck. I will provide Chili, anyone else attending can provide a side. The show starts 7pm with potluck afterwards. Suggested Donation: $15 advance through Paypal and $18 DOS. Use "Donate Now" Button below to go to Paypal. RSVP required, as seating is limited. Your payment through paypal serves as your RSVP or if you plan to pay at the door, then RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org BYOB
The Rye Room Sessions - Anna Tivel "Illinois" LIVE
Anna Tivel’s fourth studio album ‘Small Believer’ is a collection of patchwork stories drawn from conversations with strangers, on the road, in restaurants, bars, and rest stops. Produced by guitar mastermind Austin Nevins (Josh Ritter, Anais Mitchell), the songs float on a raft of electric guitar, pump organ, and sparse bass and drums. ‘Small Believer’ is spacious and honest, a lyric-driven exploration of the things that move within us. Tivel takes great care with every syllable and every story, chipping away until what remains is blindingly true and deeply affecting. The album comes out September 29th on Fluff & Gravy Records.
Anna Tivel's wide-eyed celestial folk songs belong in a similar ballpark with Anais Mitchell, Gregory Alan Isakov and Laura Veirs, where gentle picking plucks among occasionally unconventional sounds and a gorgeous voice tells stories of life in a world of natural wonders. The resulting music is incredibly honest, lyric-driven, and deeply affecting.
Capable of inducing tears with its harsh truths, Bible Belt, the debut album from Oklahoma singer/songwriter Kalyn Fay, will steal your heart.
There are no shades of gray on Bible Belt, just sanguine tales backed by sweeping pedal steel and strings. From the domestic upheaval of “The Fight” with its “All you held was the rug / And you pulled it out from under me” to the dumbstruck wanderer of “Middlegate Station” who’s treated to Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, Fay weaves fate and love’s stranglehold throughout the album’s ten songs.
Utterly sublime by any standard, Bible Belt marks the entrance of a powerful and wise voice in Americana music.
When: Sunday, Nov. 12th. Where: 1135 N. Denver Ave. Tulsa Time: Doors open 6pm for potluck and show starts at 7pm Suggested Donation: $15 advance through Paypal and $18 DOS. Use "Donate Now" Button below to go to Paypal. RSVP required, as seating is limited. Your payment through paypal serves as your RSVP or if you plan to pay at the door, then RSVP to email@example.com BYOB
Ben de la Cour - "Anybody Like You" | Concerts from Blue Rock LIVE
“Ben de la Cour’s songs are brimming with urgent authenticity. There is thematic hardness and vulnerability throughout, but what distinguishes him from lesser guitar-and-anguished-vocals hacks is the raw humanity of his delivery and the potency of his way with words.”
– No Depression
Courtyard Concert Series | Chris Blevins - "Better Than Alone"
Chris Blevins work is 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. Excerpt from Horton Records
About Scott- An engaging voice, groove-laden melodies, and smart musicianship become the vehicle for delivering these character-driven songs about regular people, facing the everyday challenges of life with uncommon grace.
When: Thursday, October 26th Where: 1135 N. Denver Ave. Tulsa Time: Doors open 6:30pm and show starts at 7pm Suggested Donation: $15 advance through Paypal and $18 DOS. Use "Donate Now" Button below to go to Paypal. RSVP required, as seating is limited. Your payment through paypal serves as your RSVP or if you plan to pay at the door, then RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org BYOB
FROM THE HOST: I have had the pleasure of hosting Mark Stuart and his wife Stacey Earle numerous times over the year. Mark is touring solo this time around and It has been awhile since he graced us with his extraordinary skills. Mark has that rare gift of being an excellent singer/songwriter and he is a musician's musician. He will wow you with his acoustic guitar playing and his storytelling. He is a true performer and there's not a dishonest note to be found, as he gives his all.
Mark Stuart- Boss Is Watchin'
Mark Stuart- Instrumental
If you admire great acoustic guitar playing that spans, country, folk, rock, and blues and you love great songs and story-telling, and stage presence, then you won't want to miss this very intimate performance. Mark and his wife Stacey Earle came and performed for us during the big ice storm in Tulsa, when we were without electricity or heat. Folks came out and it was one of our most memorable shows.
Mark Stuart tours full-time as a musical artist, bringing his years of experience to the stage.
Onstage, his focus is on the songs he has penned and recorded, delivered with a soulful singing voice and highly memorable guitar playing.
After many years on the Americana/Folk circuit, Stuart has cultivated a very rounded performance. His show consists of storytelling, flashy guitar "chops", and songs that seem to draw from his rock, blues, country, and folk music roots. Mostly, this artist from Tennessee has toured solo or in a notable duo with his wife ("Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart"). There were stints along the way as a sideman, though (Steve Forbert, Freddy Fender, Steve Earle, Joan Baez). If placed on the bill with a contemporary artist he is usually asked to play guitar on their portion of the show. Just ask Jason Ringenberg, Ray Wylie Hubbard, or Jimmy LaFave.
One can find Mark Stuart on any given night in a small theater, coffeehouse, house concert, festival stage, club, church auditorium, etc. giving it his all. Aside from that, he could be instructing at a guitar clinic, songwriting workshop, or playing on someone's recording session. As co-owner of Gearle Records he has produced or co-produced many albums. Stuart's career has repeatedly taken him to all of the USA, Canada, Europe, and the United Kingdom, and, has spanned several decades.
When: Friday September 22nd Where: 1135 N. Denver Ave. Tulsa Time: Doors open 7pm and show starts at 7:30pm Suggested Donation: $15 advance through Paypal and $18
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have returned from my traveling around Europe and excited to be back in
the saddle sharing music with all of you.
of our guest singer/songwriters are award winning artists.
Heather's 2011 release Lifeboats for Atlantis brought her to
national attention, hitting #3 on the FOLK-DJ charts. In addition to
being a 2015 New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Styka
received first place in the Big Top Chautauqua Songwriting Competition
(2009) and second place in the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest (2012).
Carter was named a Top 12 Finalist in the 2012 Mountain Stage
NewSong Contest and performed at Lincoln Center in New York. This year,
she won first place in the general category of the Chris Austin
Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in Wilkesboro, N.C. – with her song
“Wild Bird”, which was additionally released by Pinecastle Records.
She also won fourth place in the
Colorado-based Telluride Troubadour Contest at the Telluride Bluegrass
Festival and was a Top 10 Finalist in the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival’s
Songwriters Showcase in Lyons, Colo. Also, Carter is a native
I might add, I won first place in the Ozark Mountain Songwriting Contest
and 3rd place in the International Billboard Songwriting Contest. I
feel honored to be playing with these two wonderful artists and looking
forward to seeing all of you.
"Contented" Heather Styka
Carter Sampson "Wild Bird"
Scott Aycock "Old Roses In A Vase"
finger picking, perfect melodies, and heartbreakingly beautiful lyrics… The
Bittersweet Tapes is a collection of 12 songs recorded on an old four
track recorder, a method that allows her to convey a more raw and
intimate feeling than previous releases… In this raw and intimate
portrait of life, disguised as a collection of songs, Heather Styka has truly
created a masterpiece… A writer with this kind of vision and ability
doesn’t come along very often and it’s an honor to have her among us for
this brief and fleeting moment in time.”
Carter Sampson's fourth full-length
album Wilder Side is a soulful and soft country
masterpiece. The Oklahoma City singer-songwriter has a penchant for
penning songs that don't need bluster or bombast to tell a powerful
story. Focusing on themes of heartbreak and the open road, Wilder
Side is the kind of pure country record that has far more in
common with classic releases from the likes of Patsy Cline and Emmylou
Harris than it does with anything one will find on country radio.
Fellow Oklahoma artists Ali Harter and John Moreland made
appearances on the record lending their distinctive voices, perfectly complementing
Sampson's beautifully sorrowful vocals. And that more than anything
is what drives this record, Sampson's breathtaking voice. This
record is haunting and mesmerizing and simply beautiful.
engaging voice, groove-laden melodies, and smart musicianship become the
vehicle for delivering these character-driven songs about regular people,
facing the everyday challenges of life with uncommon grace.