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Eric Himan

Eric Himan, an award-winning recording artist based in Oklahoma City, serves at the director of events for Myriad Botanical Garden as well as the music director for the Scissortail Park Foundation. He has toured nationally with Leon Russell and Ani DiFranco, and has produced 10 original albums. We caught up with Eric and got his thoughts on ... ... being...

Women of Song

Those of you who regularly visit this space know that I’ve written a great deal about that elusive musical genre known as the classic Tulsa Sound. It’s something I first started researching in earnest almost four decades ago, when I went to work for the Tulsa World newspaper as an entertainment writer, and it’s been a continuous source of...

An Auditory Snapshot

We’ve all seen them, in books or museums or maybe in someone’s collection: snapshots from bygone times, capturing forever via an amateur’s lens something of great historical importance. It might be a political figure at a microphone, barely recognizable above the heads of the listening crowd. It could be a little black-and-white candid of a kid at play, taken...

Going to (the) Church

It took more than half a decade to restore and renovate Tulsa’s Church Studio. And while that may sound like a long time, five years is really just a fleeting moment in the life of that historic building, which is now once again open to the public.    Consider that the Church Studio was constructed at its 304 S. Trenton...

Rooted in the Past

For years now, I’ve been hearing that the CD is an obsolete way of delivering music, that its time has come and gone, that new cars don’t even have disc players any more, etc. At the same time, I continue to hear great new releases in that very format.  Two of the latest come from Tulsa-area musicians. And I suppose...

Get Loud

Fans of live music have it made this month. In Tulsa, see famous rapper Nelly on Feb. 4 at the BOK Center. Stick around Tulsa’s largest music venue for the Winter Jam on Feb. 12, which brings major names in Christian rock music including Skillet, Tauren Wells and KB. At River Spirit Casino Resort, The Beach Boys drop in on...

Blowin’ In the Wind

On May 10, Tulsa will have yet another reason to be dubbed a cultural mecca. That is the date the Bob Dylan Center will open – with over 100,000 pieces collected over several decades by the esteemed musician and his management team. “We hope visitors will be inspired by unprecedented access to the creative process of one of America’s foremost...

The Sweet Sounds of Success

Although some professional musicians are just naturally gifted, most spend years perfecting their crafts. Music education plays a vital role in developing those abilities, and Oklahoma is home to over 25 collegiate music programs. Every semester, hundreds of prospective students seek admission to one of them. Virtually all collegiate music programs require students to go through a two-part admissions process....

A Swinging Success

Shelby Eicher makes music.  The Sand Springs resident has been at it ever since he was a kid in Ohio, playing in his family’s square-dance band. And he’s been earning a living at it for quite some time now, most notably during his 15-year run as a member of Roy Clark’s band and, following that, as an in-demand regional performer...

The Venerable Roy Clark

As far as country-music impresario Jim Halsey is concerned, the city of Claremore is a perfect place for an exhibition on his famed client and friend, Roy Clark. After all, Clark not only deeply admired Claremore’s favorite son, the celebrated Will Rogers; he was also, in 2005, grand marshall of the town’s annual Will Rogers Days parade.  “Roy was a...