Scott Hendricks of Clinton was called the top country music producer of the past quarter century by Forbes magazine. More than half of his 78 No. 1 singles have come in collaboration with Oklahoma music artists.
There aren't too many other record executives who've had the impact of Jimmy Bowen, the former rockabilly bassist who spent a couple of decades as a big kahuna on Nashville's Music Row. Even now, a half-dozen years after he left the business and relocated to Hawaii to write his memoirs, his name is still a polarizing one in Music City. A lot of people simply didn't like the way he operated -- including, reportedly, Garth Brooks, whose first couple of albums were created on Bowen's watch at Liberty Records (Capitol's Nashville-based label at the time).
Last year two Tulsa World colleagues and I published a book called "Forever
Lounge." It's a record guide to the newly hip albums of old -- lounge singers, cocktail
jazz, space-age bachelor pad music (I still haven't quite figured that one out).
Movies like "Swingers" ushered in a lot of this music's veteran kitsch value, and
suddenly the Rat Pack was all the rage again. This brief revival didn't sell any Gap
jeans, but it opened the door for the swing fiasco.
There are lots of cliches people use to describe a genuine cowboy, but perhaps the single
most-used one is the term "rugged individualist."
The Brothers Brim: There's a reason the Bellamy Brothers are being called, in some circles, the Grateful Dead of country music. Read on:
Show and Dance: Ricky Lynn Gregg, with Singletree opening
When: Friday, with live music beginning at approximately 8 p.m
Show and Dance: Pirates of the Mississippi, with Leandro opening
When: Thursday, with live music beginning at approximately 8 p.m
Show and Dance: Eddy Raven, with Bandera opening
Date and Time: Thursday, with live music beginning at approximately 8 p.m
The marketing machine that masterminded Garth Brooks
Show and Dance: Mark Nesler
Dates and Time: Wednesday-Friday, 9:30 p.m
Show and Dance: John Anderson, with Texas - the Band opening
Date and Time: Thursday, with doors open at 6 p.m. and live
music beginning at aproximately 8:30 p.m