DEATHS

Kathryn Joyce Cookson, 82

Born December 24, 1937

Died May 22, 2020

Terry Lee Shipman, 65

Born June 2, 1954

Died May 19, 2020

Shirley Ann Jackson, 79

Born July 19, 1940

Died May 18, 2020

Robert Lloyd Cox, 47

Born June 23, 1972

Died May 17, 2020

Leon Gilyard, 77

Born February 8, 1943

Died May 16, 2020

Earnest L. Edwards, Sr., 81

Born February 8, 1939

Died May 16, 2020

Rhunella Lillian Bailey, 83

Born August 9, 1936

Died May 16, 2020

Reverend Dr. Ray K. Gaines, 81

Born July 29, 1938

Died May 12, 2020

Hoy Gene Parson, 78

Born October 15, 1941

Died May 11, 2020

Louise Ward, 91

Born August 25, 1928

Died May 11, 2020

Anna Belle Perry, 82

Born August 16, 1937

Died May 11, 2020

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 8:29 AM

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will present the Red Dirt Rangers CD release party and concert Saturday, March 9th at the Hall. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $10. There will be concessions and a cash bar available.

The Red Dirt Rangers have been carrying the banner for Red Dirt music since before the band’s founding in 1988 at a two-story, five- bedroom, funky old place called the Farm.

Ben Han, John Cooper, and Brad Piccolo became an integral part of the Farm’s musical brotherhood, trading songs and licks with the likes of Jimmy LaFave, Tom Skinner, Bob Childers and Randy Crouch. The Red Dirt Rangers were inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in June 2017.

As Rangers mandolinist-vocalist Cooper has noted, “The Farm was as much an attitude as a physical structure. It allowed a setting where freedom rang and all things were possible. Out of this setting came the music.”

In the fall of 2018, the band released its 10th recording, Blue Door Nights, recorded live at the Blue Door in Oklahoma City over two beautiful nights. The double-album recording celebrates those days at the Farm while remembering those who have gone before and with the help of younger singer-songwriters like John Fullbright.

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