Oklahoma music

Ethan Hawke Is ‘Born To Be’ Chet Baker

Mar 24, 2016

Trumpeter, singer, one of the pioneers of a California sound in Jazz from the 50s to the 80s — Chet Baker used drugs, dropped in and out of music, and died young. He’s the subject of a new movie, “Born to Be Blue,” starring Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke as Baker. We’ll talk about movies, music, about bringing a long dead artist, to life. This hour, On Point, Ethan Hawke, “Born to Be Blue.”

— Ray Suarez

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Parker Millsap has a voice that grabs you and doesn't let go. The musician is just 23, from a small town in Oklahoma — but the songs on his newest album, The Very Last Day, draw on older influences, including Greek mythology, vintage blues and his own Pentecostal upbringing.

Millsap spoke with NPR's Melissa Block about learning how to sing without being self-conscious, as well as channeling a childhood fear of the biblical rapture into his work. Hear the radio version at the audio link and read an edited version of their conversation below.

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"It's not the end of the world" is a thing people say to place inconveniences in perspective, a reminder that a rush-hour fender bender doesn't belong to the same category of catastrophe as nuclear or biblical apocalypse.

Must Listen: 10 Oklahoma Songs

Mar 9, 2016
Doug Schwarz

On the Oklahoma Rock Show, we comb through dozens of songs every week. They're country and folk, rock and punk, hip-hop and EDM, and everything in between. Below, you'll find 10 songs we've really been enjoying over the past month or so.

Annie Oakley - "Hey Honey Hey"

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The great novelist Flannery O'Conner once wrote that, "To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures." This was her way of explaining why she populated her fiction with grotesquely flawed characters, exaggerating their ugliest impulses in the funhouse mirror of writerly vision.

A film focusing on the life and career of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker will hit theaters this spring.

The biopic, titled Born to Be Blue, follows the trials and tribulations of the Yale, Oklahoma native. The official description calls it "a re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker's musical comeback in the late 60's".

The film stars Ethan Hawke as Baker.

The band School of Seven Bells wrote its final album together in 2012, but it's only now being released. They didn't know it at the time, but one of the band's two members, Benjamin Curtis, was about to be diagnosed with cancer. He died the following year at the age of 35.

Last night, the rest of America got to see what we've known here in Oklahoma for years: John Moreland will move you.

The Tulsa musician's powerful lyrics, skillful fingerpicking, and gravelly vocal delivery collectively have the ability to turn you into a puddle of tears. And, you'll come running back for more.

Rolling Stone called it "an emotionally riveting performance."

Ryan LaCroix, host of KOSU's All Things Considered and co-host of The Oklahoma Rock Show, shares his 10 favorite Oklahoma albums of 2015:

10. Grooms - Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair

After the departure of Emily Ambruso, I was a bit worried about the future of Grooms. But, Travis Johnson and company delivered a solid album with some of the best songs they've ever put out.

Oklahoma Rock Show's Top 25 Songs of 2015

Dec 18, 2015

Last night, we counted down the top 25 Oklahoma songs of 2015. In total, we played 430 new songs on The Oklahoma Rock Show in 2015, so our final list was extremely competitive.

Check out our picks below.

25. Rachel Brashear - "Variations on a Theme"

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