Oklahoma music

Jean Shepard, one of the first women to find success in country music as a solo act, died Sunday at age 82. Shepard was a feisty, straight-shooting singer who created a career in an industry where she had few female role models.

Kristin Chenoweth has starred on Broadway in Wicked and on television in Pushing Daisies and The West Wing. We've invited Chenoweth, who is 4 feet 11 inches, to answer three questions about 6-foot-1 model and actress Brigitte Nielsen, who is perhaps most famous for her brief marriage to Sylvester Stallone. Click the audio link above to find out how she does.

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Parker Millsap On Mountain Stage

Aug 31, 2016
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Oklahoma native Parker Millsap returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. The singer-songwriter was brought up in the Pentecostal church, an experience that provided ample inspiration for his early catalog of songs. Influenced by Steinbeck's dust-bowl narratives, Millsap's religion-laced parables, character-driven stories and relationship tales are performed with the power and conviction of the preachers he witnessed growing up.

Every month, NPR Music asks public radio personalities around this country to name a new favorite song and, this month, KOSU featured Oklahoma City rapper Jabee.

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There was barely a cloud in the sky all weekend at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival this past weekend. But the uninterrupted stretch of three gloriously sunny days wasn't the only stroke of good fortune festivalgoers encountered. Each day at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I., was filled with surprise guests and moments of serendipity.

Fifty three years ago this week, a 21-year-old rock-and-roll musician named Ulysses Baxter made history in Colorado Springs. On hands and knees, with a wooden salad spoon affixed to his nose, he ascended Pikes Peak--pushing a peanut the entire way.

Last night, Parker Millsap made his national television debut on Conan.

The Purcell native released his third studio album, The Very Last Day, in March. The album has been nominated for Album of the Year by the Americana Music Honors & Awards.

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC music critic Matt Carney.

Today, Matt plays new music from Husbands, Todd Terje, and Aphex Twin.

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