Keeping in the spirit of the 5th annual Wormy Dog Spring Jam, I finally got my hands on Road of Life by east Texan outlaw Whiskey Myers. I finally got to see them live after many failed attempts. The album starts off with “Thief of Hearts”. Track 2 “Kyle Hope” should remind us all of our old selves watching friends leave our hometown and go off to college while you worked your ass off, stuck around and had good times when they all came home for the summer. “Gone Away” is possibly my favorite track on this album with lyrics like this… “just like the good times, you’ll be gone once again, out of my life and out of this one horse town, just like a bird…” it’s like these guys where inside my head. “Lonely East TX Nights” is their recent radio single and it is packed with just as much power as any of the other songs. The song that officially made me a fan and caught my attention was the title track “Road of Life”.
Road of Life is one of those albums where everyone young or old, male or female could just sit and jam too. If there was an official album of the summer of 2009 so far, this is it. Packed full of serenades that remind you of small town life, the ones you’ve left behind that you’ll never forget, and all the good times. Sadly the only time you will get a chance to check these guys in Oklahoma isn’t until College Fest in Stillwater in August, but you can this album at their website or at Lonestar Music, which I strongly urge you to do.
Our home state of Oklahoma has produced its share of musical talent over the years. From Woodie Guthrie to The Flaming Lips, Oklahoma has been home to many genre-defining artists that have reached the pinnacle of their field or even changed it forever. Whether they have been inspired by the state’s rustic geography, rugged individualistic culture, or laid back lifestyle, it has been typical for Oklahoma musicians to reinvent the sounds of the past to create something new for today.
One of the latest examples of Oklahoma’s musical ingenuity is found in what is known as Red Dirt Music. Much like its indie rock counterpart, sometimes it is easier to define it by what it is not than to try and nail down one or two characteristics of the genre that set it apart. While Red Dirt is always country music, it is not of the TOP 40 variety you hear in heavy rotation on your FM radio. While the latter seems to have worked hard to polish out or completely ignore its roots, Red Dirt embraces many forms of Americana that have influenced or been influenced by country music, including rock and roll, blues, dixieland, swing, bluegrass, and more. The result is country music that seems more genuine, more real, and more raw. Basically, it is country music with its soul still intact.
Modern Red Dirt has grown past its Stillwater, Oklahoma roots and is now a staple of thriving music scenes across Texas, Tennessee, and throughout the region. To keep up with this exciting and evolving genre, Tony “The Rooster” Brown has graciously agreed to blog about all things Red Dirt for us, including interviews, reviews, and trends while keeping us up to date on the events surrounding his show Red Dirt: Live that is currently in development. You can read Tony’s first post and all his subsequent posts in the Red Dirt: Live section. Take it away, Tony…
Crazy Days started today in downtown Stillwater, Oklahoma. This is a great event and if you have never been you need to check it out. For three days they close off the streets downtown and all of the merchants set up tents, creating a festival atmosphere. There will be tons of great deals from all the local merchants including our sister store up there, The Territory.
The Territory, located at 721 S. Main St., will be open early and close late to give you every chance to save on great deals like these: