900 East Steve Owens Blvd.
Miami, OK 74354
Phone: (918) 542-6631
Fax: (918) 542-7547
900 East Steve Owens Blvd., Miami, OK, US, 74354
- Phone: (918) 542-6631
- Fax: (918) 542-7547
August 28, 2014 8:00 PM
The word "legend" usually makes an appearance at some point when discussing Merle Haggard. It's an acknowledgment of his artistry and his standing as "the poet of the common man." It's a tribute to his incredible commercial success and to the lasting mark he has made, not just on country music, but on American music as a whole. It's apt in every way but one.The term imposes an aura of loftiness that's totally at odds with the grit and heart of Haggard's songs. "I'd be more comfortable with something like "professor," he once told a reporter, and the description suits him. Studying, analyzing and observing the details of life around him, Haggard relays what he sees, hears and feels through his songs. The lyrics are deceptively simple, the music exceptionally listenable. Others who have lived through those same situations recognize the truth in the stories he tells. But Haggard's real gift is that anyone who hears his songs recognizes the truth in them. When a Merle Haggard song plays, it can make an innocent-as-apple-pie grandma understand the stark loneliness and self-loathing of a prisoner on death row; a rich kid who never wanted for any material possession get a feel for the pain of wondering where the next meal will come from; a tee-totaling pillar of the community sympathize with the poor heartbroken guy downing shots at the local bar.As a result, Haggard found his songs at the top of the charts on a regular basis. Immediately embraced by country fans, he also earned the respect of his peers. In addition to the 40 #1 hits included here, Haggard charted scores of Top Ten songs. He won just about every music award imaginable, both as a performer and as a songwriter, and in 1994 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His body of work easily places him beside Hank Williams as one of the most influential artists in country music
August 29, 2014 7:00 PM
Since its inception in 2000, the Columbus, Ohio-rooted trio Rascal Flatts has established itself as one of the more successful country pop bands in America. The group began to take shape in the latter half of the 1990s, when cousins Gary LeVox and Jay Demarcus reconvened in their new home of Nashville, hoping to begin writing songs together. Soon after, guitarist Jon Don Rooney was asked to join the group and Rascal Flatts was born. The trio's wholesome and radio-friendly combination of harmony-heavy country balladry and slick pop songcraft has won it an impressive collection of accolades, including seven platinum albums, over a dozen number one singles and a handful of Grammy Award nominations.
September 11, 2014 8:00 PM
Mickey Gilley, whose thirty-nine hit songs, of which seventeen went to the top of the country charts, made him the legend he is today.His top-rated, award-winning eight piece band and his two excellent backup singers jump right in as Mickey takes his audience through a musical medley of his string of #1 hits.With the magic he's held over audience for over two decades, Mickey has all the moves down as the cameras flash. Always the showman, Mickey shows that he's every bit the storyteller as he recounts his days of growing up in Ferriday, Louisiana and the adventures he shared with his cousins and fellow keyboard-players, Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis and Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart.The fact he's most proud of is having a street named after him in Ferriday before his famous cousins did.Easily the best two hours of music and comedy to be found is the Mickey Gilley Show.
October 17, 2014 5:00 PM
Heart was one of the first mainstream rock bands where women were in complete creative control. That being said, it's hard to downplay the legacy that the band has left in its wake. The group rose to success in the mid '70s with a slew of radio friendly hits that boosted the group to international stardom and even though the Seattle, Washington-based group has seen its fair share of music business woes, Heart is still performing. Little known fact: several bands from the Seattle grunge scene (including Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam) recorded at Heart's Bad Animals recording studio in Seattle, further proving the influence Heart continues to have on the music industry.