Sunday, September 18, 2011


The Country Music issue of Oklahoma Today is out - collect all six covers (wink, wink)!

Now that it's hit newsstands and I'm writing my final post on the phenomena, I feel my delve into Oklahoma country music has truly come full circle. Like the watching YouTube videos of Roy Clark to visiting a Hee Haw exhibit to interviewing Roy Clark in Tulsa to attending a Roy Clark concert kind of full circle.

I learned a lot working on this issue.

Fact: Garth Brooks is the third greatest selling musician of all time - just below the Beatles and Elvis.

Fact: Toby Keith has performed for troops overseas 9+ times and voted for Obama.

Fact: I couldn't stop thinking about the essay in Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs where Klosterman discusses the merits of Wal-Mart country artists like Trisha Yearwood - arguing that their ability to convey the human condition in simple terms, makes them more authentic and relateable to the masses.

Top Yourself, The Raconteurs.