Oklahoma music

Miranda Lambert has painted herself as one of country music's bad girls: Whether it's solo or with her trio Pistol Annies, she's got a deep catalog of songs about revenge, guns, cigarettes and beer. But her new album, Platinum, shows a more vulnerable side.

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Garth Brooks is finally embracing digital music, but he's doing it his own way.

Brooks, one of the last holdout big-name musicians still refusing to put his music on iTunes, said Thursday he will make his back catalog of hits and his new music available for download, but only through his own website. He said the digital downloads of previous music would be available in a few weeks to tide fans over until a new album comes out later this year.

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WNYC's Soundcheck featured Oklahoma musician John Fullbright on their show yesterday. Host John Schaefer interviews John and has him play some music from his new album, Songs.

"I don't have any idea what I'm doing. I don't have any vision or goal, I just write what I write and then I throw it all at the wall and see what sticks." - John Fullbright

Garth Brooks fans abound in Ireland, and now 400,000 of them won't get to the chance to see him perform. Brooks has cancelled five concerts after the Dublin City Council refused to grant him more than three. Melissa Block speaks to Rachel Flaherty of The Irish Times about the controversy.

On this week's All Songs Considered: After some speculation on Pink Floyd's just-announced album The Endless River, Robin kicks off the show with Broncho's "Class Historian," which he describes as the most immediately catchy song he's heard all year. Not to be out-catchied, Bob retaliates with Rubblebucket's "Carousel Ride," from the band's upcoming release Survival Sounds.

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About 60,000 people are expected in downtown Oklahoma City this weekend for the first OKC Fest.  It’s a festival designed to feature the revitalized Oklahoma City and highlight local and national musicians.  Peformers include national country artists Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum and also some local artists including John Moreland and the queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson.

Here’s a story on Wanda from This Land Press: 

WBUR's Here & Now featured Oklahoma musician John Fullbright on their show today.

Host Robin Young interviews John and has him play some music from his new album, Songs.

Oklahoma musicians are coming together in song and video to raise awareness of the health care needs of their fellow artists across the state.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports on the Red Dirt Relief Fund.

The song called “Stand (Let Your Voice Be Heard)” featuring the Red Dirt Rangers and dozens of other Oklahoma musicians raises money for the Red Dirt Relief Fund.

Brad Piccolo, a founding member of the Red Dirt Rangers, says the fund distributes money to artists who have critical needs.

Miranda Lambert's new album is called Platinum. Lambert has become one of the best-selling artists in country music, and one of the most critically acclaimed. Rock critic Ken Tucker says her new album continues Lambert's ongoing project to create songs about women who are complex, fun-loving, and assertive.

John Fullbright's Songs is the most interestingly uneven album I've heard in a while. The work of a smart young man, it's also the work of a self-conscious young man who's prone to mistaking articulate melancholy for wisdom. Fullbright's debut album contained bold melodies and told stories about daydreamers and offbeat people. On Songs, Fullbright opts for pure mood-setting, sounding morose in an attempt to signal subtle passion, but that's not really how it plays out.

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