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October 2012

1st annual Tulsa Roots Rocks the Green
Richard Johnston

Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 12:00 am
Guthrie Green, 111 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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Embracing the one-chord, deep-trance blues of the Mississippi Hill Country, Richard Johnston appeared as a street musician on the Memphis blues scene in 1997, and three years later recorded his rollicking self-produced debut, Foot Hill Stomp. Featuring guest appearances by Jessie Mae Hemphill and Cedric Burnside, it was nominated for a Handy Award, and the CD release party on Beale Street was broadcast to 20 million radio listeners. Armed with one-of-a-kind instruments (home-made cigar box guitars, among them) and a…

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Samantha Crain

Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 12:00 am
Guthrie Green, 111 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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With a blow-your-hair-back vocal presence that occasionally yields to whisper-soft vulnerability, Crain's folksy arrangements, both gorgeous and eerie, coexist with a knack for narrative storytelling and lyrics that are as likely to detail disaster and despair as they are community and reconciliation. A Choctaw from Oklahoma, Crain's sound manages to simultaneously evoke the deeply rural and southern, but also the itinerant and urban. Crain's latest disc, You (Understand), features a heavier emphasis on electric guitars and drums.

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Shannon McNally

Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 12:00 am
Guthrie Green, 111 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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She has the voice: bruised, smoky and ornery, right at home where country and soul meet.. She has the melodies and the timing.. she’s irresistible.—New York Times. This singer-rocker-songwriter has toured with Stevie Nicks, Ryan Adams, John Mellencamp and Sun Volt. Admired by blues musicians, adored by the Americana crowd and increasingly appreciated by rockers, McNally’s gift for writing great songs is outdone only by her killer live shows.

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Shemekia Copeland

Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 12:00 am
Guthrie Green, 111 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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When an 18-year-old Shemekia Copeland first appeared on the scene in 1997, everyone agreed that an unstoppable new talent had arrived. In the short period of time that followed, she amassed Blues Music Awards, Grammy nominations, Living Blues and DownBeat Critics' Poll Awards, and invitations to tour with legends such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Dr. John. Born and raised in the tough, urban streets of Harlem, Shemekia was always encouraged to sing by her father, the late Texas…

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Slaid Cleaves

Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Tulsa Little Theatre, 1511 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK 74104 United States
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When Slaid Cleaves moved from Portland, Maine, to Austin in 1991, he landed a few blocks from the legendary, seedy Horseshoe Lounge. But as he points out on his new live album, “It was many years of drivin’ by before I worked up the courage to come in through the door.” Curiosity and the lure of stories contained within eventually won out, and the rest, as they say, is history. In 2000, Cleaves released "Horseshoe Lounge," an ode to the…

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Uncle Lucius

Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 12:00 am
Guthrie Green, 111 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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One of the most promising young bands out of Texas, this Austin-based indie outfit takes rock from its deep roots (think Doors and early Black Crowes), pushes it forward with contemporary sounds and elements of RandB and blues, and finds its deepest expression in highly energetic live shows. For the past three years, the band has crisscrossed the continent bringing rock and roll back to its heyday sound. The band's brand-new disc, And You Are Me, has just been released.

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Stomp and Holler

Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 12:00 am
Guthrie Green, 111 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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Body percussion youth choir from Tulsa.

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Paul Thorn Band

Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 12:00 am
Guthrie Green, 111 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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Muscular, joyous roots music that is bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern. The Tupelo, Mississippi native worked in a furniture factory, jumped out of airplanes, and was a boxer before embracing music full time, topping the Americana charts and breaking the Billboard Top 100. Thorn's father is a Church of God Pentecostal Minister and his uncle was a pimp. Thorn was influenced by both men, and his music is rife with vigorous, witty "saint and sinner" scenarios, mining the juxtapositions that…

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Three Bad Jacks

Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 12:00 am
Guthrie Green, 111 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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One of Los Angeles’ biggest club draws, Three Bad Jacks’ hard hitting hybrid of soul, rock and rockabilly is most often described as psychobilly. Anchored by a throbbing gutbucket bottom end and topped off with bandleader Elvis Suissa’s passionate vocals and sizzling guitar, the trio delivers high-impact, soul-deep, thoroughly original, uncut rock and roll that belies a mastery of the underground American big beat heritage. Three Bad Jacks’ original mix of the sensitive and savage, and its ability to navigate…

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BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 12:00 am
Guthrie Green, 111 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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Over the past three decades BeauSoleil has made 30 albums, won Grammys and evolved into the most esteemed Cajun group on the planet. Fiddler-vocalist Michael Doucet is well known for his mission to keep the unique southern Louisiana culture and music from extinction, but that hasn't stopped his band from innovating and spicing its Cajun gumbo with elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country and blues. Formed in 1975, BeauSoleil literally means "good sun," a reference to a fertile…

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September 2012

1st annual Tulsa Roots Rocks the Green
Flycatcher

Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 12:00 am
Guthrie Green, 111 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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Tulsa's own progressive indie acoustic outfit.

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Robbie Fulks and Nora O’Connor

Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 12:00 am
Guthrie Green, 111 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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If country music has an Elvis Costello, it's Robbie Fulks, who marries Ivy League cleverness to an appreciation of hillbilly music that actual hillbillies could only envy.—Entertainment Weekly One of the great unsung honky-tonk singers of his generation, Chicago based alt-country rocker and brilliant flat picker Robbie Fulks, whom Rolling Stone describes as the "wiseass bastard son of Roger Miller," teams up with the lovely versatile vocals of O'Connor, who has recorded and performed with Andrew Bird, Neko Case, The…

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Elephant Revival

Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 12:00 am
Guthrie Green, 111 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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The five souls in this Colorado acoustic quintet all share vocals and write songs. Banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, fiddle, washboard, djembe, musical saw, stompbox and even footsteps on plywood make for a groove-oriented Americana that contains elements of gypsy, rock, Celtic, alt-country and folk. Some call it “progressive edge,” still others "jam band" music. We just call it good old American music played by great young musicians.

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Felix y Los Gatos

Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 12:00 am
Guthrie Green, 111 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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The band came to life a few years back when keyboardist Dave Barclay brought a button accordion to a blues jam. Fusing zydeco, New Mexican rancheras and outlaw country with the improvisation of jazz and swing, Felix y Gatos is made up of some of the best session musicians from the New Mexico blues and jazz scenes.

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The Claptet

Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 12:00 am
Guthrie Green, 111 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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Nation Beat

Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 12:00 am
Guthrie Green, 111 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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This Brazilian/American collective plays a 21st century mashup inspired by Brazilian maracatu drumming, New Orleans second line rhythms, funk, swamp rock and country blues. A regular at both American and Brazilian festivals, Nation Beat are rhythm gatherers, harvesting the fruit of 500 years of cultural crossbreeding, which is why the sounds of Northeast Brazil and the American South blend together so seamlessly. The focus is on complete unity of sound and style, grounded in the musicians' own history and years…

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Saints of Valory

Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 12:00 am
Guthrie Green, 111 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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The band's members hail from the all over the world—Brazil, France, Canada, the U.S.—and the rock music they create, a rich and complex musical tapestry that reflects their international upbringing, draws on influences from around the globe. Three are the children of missionary parents, who spent their young lives traveling the globe. By happenstance they came together in Rio de Janeiro in 2009 to make music, soon relocating to Austin to record their debut EP, The Bright Lights, which spawned…

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Del Castillo

Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 12:00 am
Guthrie Green, 111 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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This award-winning, Austin-based, Latin rock band blends flamenco, rock, Latin, blues, and world music into what Rolling Stone has described as "eruptions of technique and taste that conjure images of Eddie Van Halen fronting early Santana, with an assist from the Gipsy Kings. Movie directors Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino have enlisted the group to contribute music to many films, including Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City, and Kill Bill Vol. II among them. The band's sultry sound…

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Tulsa Roots Rocks the Green

Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm - Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm
Guthrie Green, 111 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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The Wailers

Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 12:00 am
Guthrie Green, 111 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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They brought reggae to the masses with Bob Marley, and they’re still going strong with a message of peace and social justice. A highlight of the Guthrie Green opening weekend activities, The Wailers are one of the last, great authentic reggae institutions. In the post-Marley period, the band's anchor is Aston “Family Man” Barrett, Marley’s most trusted lieutenant, who played on countless classic reggae hits throughout the seventies. The authenticity he brings to The Wailers’ sound is indisputable. Yet today’s…

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August 2012

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Tulsa Little Theatre, 1511 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK 74104 United States
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There are no degrees of separation between Ramblin' Jack Elliot and the real thing. He ran away from his Brooklyn home at 14 to join the rodeo and learned to play guitar from a cowboy. In 1950, he met Woody Guthrie and traveled the country with him, from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters. Jack became so enthralled with the life and composer of "This Land Is Your Land" that he completely absorbed Woody's inflections and mannerisms, and…

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July 2012

The Flatlanders

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Tulsa Little Theatre, 1511 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK 74104 United States
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The triumvirate of Texas troubadours are back. Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock are the Flatlanders, and their live shows showcase 40 years of storytelling and song craft. The fact that The Flatlanders were completely rejected by the country music establishment back in 1972 is surprising in retrospect but, ultimately, poetic. That each went on to have formidable solo careers is a testament to their talent and determination. Add to this their diverse yet complimentary styles — Joe…

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May 2012

April Verch

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Harwelden, 2210 S Main St
Tulsa, OK 74114 United States
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Canadian fiddle and step dancing champion and singer. Though her musical roots dig deep into her native Ottawa Valley, Verch’s seeming ability to fluently play any kind of roots music as though it was her native tongue has fueled her international tours with a diverse repertoire of both traditional and contemporary tunes ranging in source and inspiration from Quebecois to the Appalachians, from Bluegrass to Brazilia. On her eighth and most recent recording, That’s How We Run, Verch tackles old-timey…

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April 2012

Ray Wylie Hubbard

Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Blue Dome Diner, 402 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK 74120 United States
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RWH may be a Texas music icon, but he grew up in the little town of Hugo, Oklahoma. He moved to Dallas in 1954, where he eventually attended high school with Michael Martin Murphey. Hubbard graduated in 1965 and and started spending his summers in Red River, NM playing folk music and writing left-field songs like "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother," made famous by Jerry Jeff Walker in 1973. Hubbard likes to rhyme words like mescaline with gasoline, so…

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Vance Gilbert

Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Church Studio, 304 S Trenton Ave
Tulsa, OK 74120 United States
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Vance Gilbert burst onto the early '90s singer-songwriter scene when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking 'em dead at open mics. When Shawn Colvin invited Gilbert as a musical guest on her Fat City tour, Gilbert took his "voice of an angel, wit of a devil, and guitar playing of a god" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) to a national audience. A string of critically acclaimed discs on Rounder/Philo culminated in…

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March 2012

Michael Martin Murphy

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Tulsa Little Theatre, 1511 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK 74104 United States
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Texas born Michael Martin Murphey has had a long and fabled career as a songwriter and musician. Performers as diverse as The Monkees, Flatt and Scruggs, Kenny Rogers, John Denver, Cher, Lyle Lovett and Hoyt Axton have recorded Murphey's songs. Murphey himself is a multiple Grammy nominee and has had huge success with his own music. Murphey's songs "Wildfire" and "Carolina in the Pines" from his first (of six) gold record,Blue Sky-Night Thunder, topped the pop charts on their release…

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