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The Legacy of Gene

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Firsts are, to put it mildly, tricky things. It’s like the old saw about being the fastest gun in the West: There’s always somebody faster. And take it from me, when you’re a historian and/or writer who spends a lot of time doing research on the true origins of such speculative stuff as musical styles and literary movements, you can...

Honoring Leon

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Atop hat adorns the wild blond mane of a local rock god, depicted in a hyper-realistic mural on downtown Tulsa’s Grooper Building at Third Street and Frankfort Avenue. It’s as if the young Leon Russell painted there could emerge from a lush otherworld of roses. With a self-described “graffiti/mural” style specializing in hyper-realism, artist Jeks, originally from...

Singing and Laughing

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Oklahoma concert venues offer a little of everything this month – country crooning, comedy, pop and hard rock, and rockabilly. Relive the 1990s when the Backstreet Boys hit the BOK Center stage Aug. 28. Tulsa’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino hosts country music duo Sugarland on Aug. 1, rockers 38 Special on Aug. 4, Terry Fator on Aug. 17, and...