DEATHS

Kathy Jo Vidacak, 60

Born January 19, 1959

Died September 17, 2019

Kathryn Louise Melton, 73

Born December 27, 1945

Died September 15, 2019

Womaluke Lonzoe Cox, 88

Born June 25, 1931

Died September 15, 2019

Lonnie Harold O'Dell, 87

Born March 28, 1932

Died September 15, 2019

R. Steve Walden, 61

Born October 12, 1957

Died September 15, 2019

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THINGS TO DO

Saturday, September 21

Muskogee MiniCon

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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